Tiffany Woys: Get To Know Country Music's Newest Powerhouse Vocalist.

Some people are born to be in front of a crowd! Cali native Tiffany Woys falls into that category. In the spirt of her idol LeeAnn Rimes, Tiffany Woys bought a "One Way Ticket" to Nashville and never looked back. Woys knew from an early age that she wanted to preform. However, Tiffany found herself in law school at eighteen but knew her heart wasn't there. Now finally confident in her own skill and vision for her career, Tiffany is putting out music that she is proud of. Propelled by passion to lend her powerhouse vocals to underdog songwriter in Nashville, Tiffany Woys has found her niche.

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If you could collaborate with any female country singer who would it be?

Carrie Underwood. Oh yeah. When I envision my career it's because I am a vocalist. A lot of people ask me questions about being a songwriter. I think being a songwriter is important, and I'm not against that. At the end of the day, it's just not what I entered into Nashville doing. I am vocalist, and my passion is being a performer. I know that's how Carrie entered, and I love a strong power vocal. Beyond Carrie, I would have to say Celine Dion, even though she isn’t country. My biggest inspiration as to why I do music is because of Celine Dion. However, my biggest inspiration or country is LeeAnn Rimes. If it was LeeAnn or Carrie, I would die a happy girl!

Which artists helped you start your path to country music.

First and foremost, LeeAnn Rimes. Her song “How Do I Live” wasn’t even the one that introduced me to her. It was the National Anthem rendition she sang. I was singing the National Anthem by the age of five. I was singing everywhere. I sang it at my elementary school when I was in kindergarten. I didn’t even realize it was a patriotic song. I thought it was a regular song! I didn't think anything of it.

When I got older, I finally figured out that Leann had her own songs. From there she led me to want to Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, JoDee Messina. That's where I got my love of country music.

When did you know that country music was going to be your career? Was there an Ah Ha moment?

It was always there, but not top priority. Sometimes you have to have the backing from other people to pursue such a thing. It's not as easy. I had always known I wanted to do music. Originally I went to college, my parents thought I was going to purse a degree in law. I came home from college after I finished, and told my parents “This isn't like, it's not feeding my heart, it's not driving me.”

I’ve wanted to do music since I was five. I think at first my parents were like, it's a hobby. It's cute. It's sweet. I think they realized when I was coming home every weekend from college to work with a vocal coach and to work with people, to put together my own music, that I was not kidding.

I also realized why I wanted to do law. It was because it was another form of performing. It was essentially being on a imaginary stage and performing in front of a jury and a judge. I love commanding an audience. It's very much a part of me. I was a cheerleader growing up. I loved being in front of people. Music is now my plan A and plan B.

What have been some of your favorite collaborative experiences since moving to Nashville?

I just connected with is the writer, Sarah Hayes. It doesn't matter what she does. It's genius. It's so funny. When I moved here to Nashville, I was finding myself. You’re just figuring out yourself as an artist, you're figuring out what your sound is. You're figuring out who you are. I knew very early on what I wanted to do, I was very confident about it. I was insecure about it, but I was confident about it.

I was insecure about the fact that I didn't want to write my own music right now. I wanted to cut outside cuts, and I noticed that's sometimes an unpopular opinion. To me, Nashville was built on songwriters. I wanted to be the artist that came and to take things that might've been written years and years and years ago and pull them from the cobwebs. I want to make them something special.

I've always dreamed about cutting a song from an unknown writer and having like a success with someone unknown. I grew up in California where it wasn't a big songwriting community. All I knew was that I wanted to be a singer. I wanted to command a stage. I wanted to be an entertainer. I wanted to be a vocalist. I do what I am good at and I rely on that collaborative effort.

I always compare to building a home. The person who pours the foundation, isn't the person who puts in the plumbing, or who puts the roof on. We all need each other. We all work together.

I never cut something that doesn't strike me. It has to connect with me or take me back somewhere. I feel it's my job to tell that story. I take that very seriously. Just because they're not my words, it doesn't mean it's not my story. I think this whole journey of being an artist, no matter what, it’s a collaborative effort. You do not do it alone. Anyone that says they do it completely alone.

What has been the most challenging part of your career thus far, and how are you overcoming it?

Probably dealing with my internal thoughts and the thoughts of others surrounding my views about doing outside cuts. I go through a lot of ebb and flows with it, of feeling not good enough. But then feeling that is my purpose and that's what, why God sent me to be here. I’m really strong in my faith. I told myself, there is a reason why God put me here for this reason. Maybe it was not necessarily to sing my words, but maybe someone else's story. I have run into so many writers here in town that are don't want to be an artist. How are they ever supposed to get their word out? How are they ever supposed to get their songs heard? I am starting to accept this as part of my journey, there is no wrong way to my own journey.

What advice to you have for other females in country music?

Stick to your craft. Keep working. Timing is everything.

I may have the unpopular opinion. I totally understand because it is harder for women. I get it, but I never want to focus on that. I tell every female artists don't sell out. Don’t put yourself in the box of being the victim ever. Just focus on putting out good music. If you're a writer, focus on writing more. If you’re a vocalist, focus on working on your vocals, focus on all of that, because timing is everything. You will have your moment. As long as you keep putting out good music, it will happen. I never believe in putting myself in the victim box of just I'm a girl. That's why my stuff isn't getting picked. I don't believe that. This job and this journey is hard for females and males.

I don't think it's handed to guys. I watch it every day. It's hard for everybody. While I understand that it might be harder for girls. I've learned along the way, I think I've kind of figured out why men sometimes do better than girls. It's not because men are better than girls because we all know they're not. I think girls focus a lot on singing songs that are very female driven. We have to remember that an audience is male and female listening. That's why I think Marin Morris has done so well is because her songs are very gender neutral and they can be listened to by everybody and nobody clicks next. On the radio or on streaming platforms if they don’t connect male or female, they go to the next song. Girls, just keep being you and working on what makes you special.

How do you feel that “Do Ya” and “I Don’t” represent what you are here to do in country music?

So it's so funny. Is there like decently different, but decently the same? I have spoken so much on the idea of being a power vocalist. That's just what I love. It's what I am passionate about. I never want to just like stray too far away from that. However, “I Don’t” was so different, but still not too far from me. It was more like groovy and cool and I have a hard time being cool. I am like Jessica Day from New Girl.

It was really interesting to try something was kind of out of my box, but also within my box. I think both songs compliment each other really well because I I'm always so focused on the idea of showing off my vocals. I also want to have fun and I want to play to the audience too. I am so proud of both songs had how they show off my voice. Plus, it was so fun to work with Jordan Fletcher on “I Don’t”

Your new music video out for “Do Ya” is full of inspiration from some of country music’s favorite ladies! Do you feel like this is a full circle moment for you?

Absolutely! I was raised on like early millennial country music. I don't even want to tell you that I was raised on like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, even though I have so much respect for them! I was raised on Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and Rod Stewart. It was my own journey to find country music. So when I was kind of entering into the life of country, I was finding Leann Rimes, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Shania Twain. Those are the ones that I connected with. After we sent the song to radio, I was getting all these responses, everyone said my vocals has nostalgia. This reminds them early millennial country.

Clearly I had to incorporate this into the music video.The first ideas that came to my mind was Faith Hill “The Way You Love Me” and the the diner scene, it came to me. Then who can forget Shania! Then of course we can never forget Taylor Swift. At the end of the day, she is the reason why people mid twenties and below are having any success in country music as a woman. know Shania Twain didn't get her first number one till 30.

But Taylor Swift, she really has paved the way for young women in country music for people to like understand us and our music. “Our Song” was so pivotal and magic for me. It was just the beginning for Taylor. That music video hit home for me because that was just like her beginning. I tend to see, even though I've been here for a while and I've been doing music for awhile, this is kind of still my beginning.

What are you most excited for career wise in 2021?

So much more music. I'm going into the studio actually this next Friday and I am recording two new songs. I have already recorded some that you haven't heard. I'm really hoping to start going around the country to start performing now that people are feeling more open.

It's not set in stone yet, but I'm thinking about putting out another EP. I feel like I'm into a new era of my career. I put an EP out years ago because I think it was important for people to understand where I come from, who I am a body of work, where they understand me. Now,I feel like I'm in a new chapter now where I'm ready to understand people to understand another body of work of me.

I'm actually starting a podcast soon. I have not even announced that with anybody. I will be interviewing the songwriters I have worked with. Ask them why they wrote it and explain why I picked it and how we cross and why we crossed.

I am so excited to give the fans more of me this year!

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