Special Interview: Tiffany Grace

Pop Country artist Tiffany Grace stops by THEAUSSIEWORD.COM.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

Music runs in my family and I’ve always had a passion for music. When I was 6 I began taking singing lessons and then picked up a guitar at the age of 13 which I developed a strong passion for and decided I wanted to be a solo musician as my career.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

Not only do I enjoy making music and playing live as a hobby. My song writing is a way of me reflecting on situations and helps me get through some hard times. Then to know the songs I share have a positive impact on other people’s lives only encourages me to keep creating my art! I am also quite a perfectionist and would like my songs to be at the best of their ability before releasing them to the world.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

One of my biggest goals is being able to sing in front of crowds of people with them singing my original songs back to me knowing I have connected with them in some way. It would just be such a magical experience and I believe songs are very powerful and can carry many messages and create/bring back memories. I also have a passion in helping others and I feel like my music is great way to do so. I had some people tell me that my debut single “Perfectly Imperfect” helped them feel more content with who they are as a person.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

I am heading back to the studio in February 2023 and from there I have plans to release an EP! I don’t want to give too much away but I have some unique ideas for my first EP and the songs I have chosen to share overall tell one story.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

My latest release “You Needed Me” is about coming out of a toxic relationship. Going through an emotional roller coaster, your feeling heartbroken and betrayed because they weren’t who you thought they were, regretting ever giving this toxic person so much of your time but mainly realising your self- worth and growing stronger now that this person is out of your life. I would describe my music as country-pop songs that encourage self-worth.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

Most of my songs are based off personal experiences but sometimes I create a song about someone else’s story that always really gets my creative mind going. At times when I struggle to write lyrics, I start off with a chord progression and go from there, other times the lyrics come to me out of nowhere and words pour onto the page.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

Generally, my songs are pretty straight to the point. I like to tell it how it is and have the listeners make their own connections with my songs.

Success, what is the secret to it?

I would say success comes from being true to yourself/your music and not trying to be like everyone else. The most successful people are always unique and genuine, People love to know how they can relate to you. When it comes to song writing you have to dig deep and not be afraid to put yourself out there that’s where the best outcome will come from.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

I have been very blessed to have many career highlights so far in my music career but to state one I would have to say winning this years (2022) young Whitsundays got talent. What an amazing experience and I have received so much recognition, support, and exposure. I met a heap of genuine people who are also great connections to have within the music industry.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

My main inspirations are Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Dean Lewis and Dylan. Taylor Swift not only inspires me through her song writing but her stage presence is incredible and encourages me to put everything into my live performances. Ed Sheeran mainly inspires me through his song writing, he comes up with phrases that have never been heard of before, but you still can relate and know exactly where he is coming from. Dean Lewis as an Australian artist himself inspires me so much he has made a huge positive impact on other people’s lives through his original songs. If you do not know who Dylan is, she is a solo singer-songwriter from the UK and I love how personal she gets with her music, she’s not afraid to share everything that makes her who she is.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

I have been doing loads of song writing lately, I have honestly been on a roll. As mentioned earlier I am heading back to Brisbane early next year to do some more recording of a few songs for my first EP, I’m looking to release one of the singles from my EP around April 2023.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself in a few years?

I hope to be touring sometime over the next few years. I would like to get my name/music known in a few places around QLD and just expand as I go. I will defiantly continue creating and releasing new music I have lots of songs that are very close to being ready for recording and of course I’d like to do music as a full-time job.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

There is so much to love within my Job, creating my music is honestly something I will just never get sick of and knowing my music has such an impact on others. To top off creating original music would defiantly be to play it live. Playing my music for an audience just gives me such a rush and I also love to talk and engage with the audience. My least favourite part would have to be social media, there are a few pros with social media defiantly, like getting to connect with my fans but there can be some real negative impact on there and make me second guess at times.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

I love so many Australian Artists just to name a few would be Dean Lewis, Amy Shark, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Jack Grey and Delta Goodrem. I love listening to other Australian Artists and hearing about the successes they are having.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

I agree the music industry has changed significantly over the years, I have been trying to be careful with who I work with within the music industry because as you may know there are some very untrustworthy people out there and I have come across a few of those people, but I am lucky enough to come across a few genuine people who I will continue to work with and will be lifelong friends of mine. It means so much to me to get my records out in the public eye as this is the main way for an artist to grow and become well-known, I will continue to create and push my music. These things do take time, but all I can do is enjoy the journey as I go.

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

I already have airplay in certain countries and have an international following. I will keep my music unique and diverse and mostly continue what I am doing as its being well received.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

I haven’t collaborated with any artists as of yet but its most defiantly something I’d like to and plan to do someday as I’m sure it would be lots of fun and I would grow as an artist myself learning different ways of approaching song writing. I would love to collaborate with Caitlyn Shadbolt, Vance Joy and Dean Lewis Someday. And of course, my dream collaboration would be with Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran.

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Just to go for it. If you have the passion for music, just put in all the work you possibly can and stay true to yourself, some people within the industry will try and change you to get what they can out of it, stick to what feels right for you and you really have to put yourself out there, there are many artists trying to make it in the industry and it’s up to you to push yourself and make your music known.

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?

To my fans I would just like to say I am so grateful for your support, without you I wouldn’t be where I am and for that I am forever grateful. One of my biggest reasons for making music is for my fans, I love to hear how they can connect with my songs and how I am making a difference in some way. When it comes to responding/interacting with my fans I try to keep it as real/raw as possible, so they feel like they are close to me, I also try to always respond to all comments and any private messages I receive, they are a big part of my music journey.

Any last words?

Thank you to all the radio stations who have been playing my music! And any Spotify playlists who have added my song and of course, to my followers, family and friends. I am one extremely blessed person Xx

Website: www.tiffanygracemusic.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tiffanygracemusic

Instagram: @tiffanygracemusic

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