Tiffany is an American singer, songwriter, actress and former teen icon. Released as the second single from her eponymous album, Tiffany, the song quickly became a teen anthem. She has recorded a total of eight albums, the last one A Million Miles was released in Whilst busy preparing for a trip to the UK she took the time to have a chat with Kevin Cooper and this is what she had to say.
Hi Tiffany how are you? Life is very good at the moment. I am very excited about being in England right now because it allows me to reconnect with friends and family. This is my first visit to England for almost twelve years now. Also I have manged to go on holiday to Italy and saw a few of the sights. I am very, very happy with my career. I am in a really good place and I feel very blessed. Apart from the English weather laughter. Well I knew what I was getting into, put it that way laughter. When I lived here in England I used to actually write a lot of songs here so that kind of kicked off a lot of the deeper aspect of my writing career.
Naturally I am a happy go lucky person but I do tend to like love ballads and the melancholy and all of that kind of stuff so if you put me in an environment where it is rainy and cold, I just sit down and write songs and reflect on life. Swiftly moving on laughter. Thank you, that is so nice of you to say that. I am very proud of it. I honestly think that this album is going to be the one that turns the corner for me as a vocalist. I am a vocalist by heart so I really wanted to make an album that kind of celebrates that and shows that off a little bit.
Again, I love a lot of ballads but even my up-tempo stuff I wanted to be a little more theatrical. This is my first time co-producing and I came with a ton of ideas. I wanted strings, cellos and a lot of instrumentation that I felt was going to be great on the album but when played live in concert was going to be amazing. Personally I feel that your voice has mellowed and is sounding warmer, together with more personal and heartfelt lyrics. All in all it sounds as though Tiffany has grown up. Would you agree with that?
Thank you. You are far too kind but yes, I would definitely agree with that. You worked with Pledge Music to fund the album. How did you find the experience? For me, I have to say that I found it to be both a learning and growing curve.
At the time I was lacking in social media. I might post something and then a little later think that was silly because nobody really wants to know that. Which is okay but I think for me working with Pledge Music and having my fans be a part of the album was really for me a great experience. They gave me a lot of encouragement; I was able to hear and take on board their views and comments as the album was being made. Whenever I got their comments I thought that was great as it was only the beginning of where we wanted to take that particular song.
It certainly gave me a great deal of encouragement letting me know that I was on the right track. I personally feel that it is a very special record as it felt like we were all in it together. Your fans are already saying that the album is your best work to date, would you agree with that? Well I really do hope so. I definitely think that it is and I am very, very proud of it. I am proud and grateful of a lot of my albums and I think that they take me to the next level.
However the new album A Million Miles is really me coming out as a producer, songwriter and moving me onto the next level. I walked away from the studio thinking that this was the best album that I had ever made. For me as an artist I think that this is really just breaking new ground for me.
My current personal favourite on the album is Cry. What was the inspiration behind that track? Bad relationships laughter. My guitar player Trevor Finlay who is out on the road with me now, and I sat down together and just started talking. I told him that I wanted the song to be well rounded and obviously I come from a viewpoint of trying to be a better person whenever I am getting over a hurt. Trevor started strumming a little on the guitar and I then came up with the melody.
I was thinking about bad relationships and thought that sometimes all that you can do is just cry. You are totally defeated; there is no fixing the situation and you just cry, get over it and move on. Trevor took that on board and started adding a few lines. I think that one line says it all. Sometimes you just think why did this have to be like this. It was really a magical afternoon as we were writing that song and I love the song so much that it simply had to be the first cut on the album. I feel that Cry really does set the pace of the album.
If I had to push you what would be your favourite track? The title track Million Miles is something that is near and dear to my heart. I wrote that on the 40 freeway while I was on my way from Nashville to Los Angeles. At first I laughed at it but then I thought that it would be a really cool album title and I did in fact feel as though I was on a million mile journey.
After I had started to write the song I realised that I was really writing it about my cousin who had passed away from alcohol addiction and that is something that you just never plan on. She was a wonderful woman who simply got caught up in a number of things. I felt that a lot of things in my life have been so great over the last year and the one person who I wanted to share that with was not here.
But you hope that somehow they are up above maybe still being able to see and somehow maybe be a part of it. And so that is what that song is really about. I think that vocally it is probably the most tender track on the album. There were a couple of times where I actually started crying while recording the vocal and I had to back off a little bit.
It was awesome, it was really great. I do a lot of 80s Retro shows back home in America but I have never been to a camp where they are doing a theme laughter so I had a blast. It was a lot of fun and the people were very endearing. I got to hang out with some people and have a really good laugh; it was really a good night. I have got to know some of them and now call them my friends. There is a lot of respect there.
I look around at some of these artists and I think that they still sound great. They are still achieving great music and I am very proud to be in that company. Did you manage to catch up with Samantha Fox? I am going back and forth from being around London to being in Cannock. Will we be seeing a full-blown Tiffany tour here in the UK anytime soon? We are trying to work on something for the next year or so for sure.
These recent gigs here in the UK were to let everybody know just what I am doing now and for me to reconnect with the fans because it has been a while. And now we are starting to get more phone calls about me possibly coming back to the UK sometime next year and I would definitely be open to it. They really do just love spending time here in the UK.
Taking you back to , you were sixteen years old and suddenly you were recognised all around the world. The one thing that I remember is that the song bought with it a hectic schedule but at sixteen you just kind of roll with it. I think that the biggest pressure was from the critics.
I gave them all honest answers and I think that the problem was that so many people wanted to say that I was manufactured. A Million Miles is still breaking ground there as people are finally seeing the true talent and are realising that I really can sing. They now know that I am a real musician. I still had to pound that pavement and try to break that ground a little bit so I think that was the hardest thing about being a young person in the music industry.
Hindsight is a remarkable thing. Looking back, do you think that perhaps things happened a little too quickly for you? There are things that I would do a little differently but I try not to be a person who looks back on the past, because I just learn from those lessons and move on.
A lot of bad experiences have led me to have a lot of knowledge to be able to help somebody else. So I try to look at it that way. Once I had been bitten by singing live in front of an audience at nine years old, there was no going back. So it all worked out for all of us laughter. I do a lot of mentoring with young artists back in Nashville and I do try to give them a heads up.