80’s Pop Star TIFFANY Opens Up About Her Newest Album, “A Million Miles” And More!
Posted On 07 Jul 2017
Tiffany’s iconic number one hit single I Think We’re Alone Now captured the heart of a nation and catapulted her to pop superstardom. The singer and songwriter’s latest full-length album A Million Miles was released in early 2016. Tiffany teamed with the cutting edge entertainment platform Pledge Music, which allowed fans a unique and personal look into the creation of the album. A Million Miles marks the first time Tiffany has been a co-producer on her own record. Tiffany launches her West Coast Tour in March, 2017.
The legendary pop star has earned two number one hit singles I Think We’re Alone Now and Could’ve Been, and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. In 2000 Billboard Magazine described Tiffany’s album The Color of Silence as “thoughtful, intelligent, and full of grace” and ranked it among the “Top Ten Best Albums of the Year.” She has sold over 15 million albums to date.
After two massively successful albums and world tours, at age 21 her priorities shifted. She gave birth to her son Elijah and wanted to raise him out of the spotlight but she never stopped writing music. In 2008 the family relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in the tight knit songwriting community. The creative atmosphere brought her back to her roots as a young girl singing the songs of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette while dreaming of becoming a country singer. At age nine she began performing with her own band and was discovered by legendary country songwriters Hoyt and Mae Axton. The pair took ten year old Tiffany to Nashville where she opened for country stars appeared on local TV shows. This helped inspire her to create her country-pop EP Rose Tattoo, to tell the stories of her early music career before she found success in pop music.
Tiffany obtained a long and storied career in a short amount of time, and today her goal is to continue writing songs for herself and others, cementing her status in the industry as a powerhouse hit maker and go-to songwriter.
Tiffany has guest stared on reality TV shows such as Food Network’s Rachael Ray VS. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, A&E’s Celebrity Ghost Stories and Food Network Challenge. She also headlined Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. As an actress Tiffany starred in SyFy Channel’s hit and campy movie’s Mega Piranha and Mega Python vs Gatoroid, in which the sci-fi disaster movie had her feuding with fellow pop star Debbie Gibson.
Tiffany stays very involved in her local Nashville community. She is an official spokesperson for The American Heart Association. She takes great pride in mentoring young singers and artists, and provides these aspiring musicians with guidance and advice on how to break into and navigate the music industry. With her husband Benn they share their love of animals with their 8 rescue dogs, and Tiffany often gives back by producing charity concerts for the Humane Society.
For someone who has spent her life touring around the world, it’s surprising to discover Tiffany’s extreme fear of flying. Consequently the singer is always in her car and it’s in the car where she gets her inspiration and does most of her writing. Those personal journals and stories inspired both the new music and to name her album after all those miles she’s driven… A Million Miles.
Learn more about Tiffany in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! So where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it?
Today, I’m in NYC and I am listening to the Rolling Stones.
How is 2017 treating you so far? Did you approach the start of this year any differently then you did last year?
2017 has been amazing! I am loving the new music in my life and I’ve been enjoying being on the road full time. I also love my band and the Tiff crew. We have great shows and a lot of fun always!
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your first musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else today? If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I’ve been singing since I was 9 and yes, I’ve always wanted to be a musician and I’m forever grateful for my families support. They really helped me pursue my dreams.
I remember singing with local country bands in California and learning how to work an audience… I have never thought of doing anything else. Music is what I’m meant to do
Let’s talk about your most recent album, “A Million Miles.” Where did the inspiration for these songs come from?
“A Million Miles” is mostly about the last 5 years of my life. I lost a lot of people to cancer and addiction. It has been hard to say goodbye to close friends and family and it’s hard to watch them battle with sickness. It’s a very humbling experience. There are lighter songs about falling in love on this album as well. But the core of the album really is about heartbreak of all kinds.
What was it like being the co-producer for the first time on a collection of yours? Has this been something that you have wanted to do for awhile?
Producing has been something I’ve been doing behind the scenes for awhile now actually. I love it! Working with my co-producer Stephen Lieweke is so inspiring. He really gets my ideas and is so supportive of me.
How do you think that you continue to grow as an artist on each new album that you release? Do you think that what drives you to make music has changed at all year after year?
I think the music I’m doing now is some of my best music. I’m looking forward to continuing to write and releasing new singles throughout the rest of 2017. There will be a new album next summer!
I’d love to know what’s been a favorite experience you have had with a fan? What moment or moments have really touched you the most?
I do a lot of meet and greets for the “A Million Miles” Tour and I love hearing stories of how my music has helped people heal or touched they’re hearts. As a songwriter, that’s the best compliment.
What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I’d love to do something with James Blunt or David Grey. I’d also love to do more rock projects.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
I really love the direction I’m on with the new music. I’m looking forward to trying more of a rock sound but still keeping that pop base. That is what I’ve wanted to do for awhile.