Tiffany Evans recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss her new EP “All Me”, being totally true to yourself, and the biggest realization she had at the mere age of 13, impacting her today.
Mm: From being discovered on star search to now being a mother of two, you have your own company The Little Lady Enterprises you have done a lot and have so much more going on. When you were starting out and got discovered on did you foresee your career going this far?
TE: I had no idea, you know the thing for me, I just waned to sing. I just wanted to perform. I had no idea what the process was like. To say the least, its been a journey for me. I had an idea of where I wanted to go but I never knew what kind of journey this would take me on.
Mm: How did you go from being discovered on star search to being briefly managed by Matthew Knowles to then breaking from that and starting Little Ladies Enterprises?
TE: What happened was, I had gone on Star Search when I was 10 and after that I had multiple offers label deals. One of them being Rocafella. I know Jay Z really wanted to sign me. Every time he came around me he was just like a believer which was really really cool. Then I had an offer from Columbia and this was after I had appeared on the Oprah Show. So I ended up signing with columbia and we went though a period of recording music. The thing is you have this 10/11 year old. You’re trying to figure out what to do with her. How do you market her. That was the challenge you know, how do you market her.
Mm: Because you were so young?
TE: I was a baby, I really believe that in order for me to be like a singer the singer that I wanted to be it had to come at a certain time and I had to get older for that. That’s what I really wanted. I wanted to be this singer/performer cause I was looking at Beyonce, Destiny’s Child and you’re looking at all the greats in the past. I’m like I want to be just like that but for a female I don’t think it was really possible for me to be marketed that way.
Mm: When did you come to the awareness that the singer that you want to be, had to wait until you were older?
TE: It wasn’t until I was 13.
Mm: That’s still young
TE: Yes, still young you know I had been through the process of recording music and I’m like ok. We are recording all of these cover songs and now I’m starting to feel like novelty act and it was just like what are we doing? Then, I looked at my age and I said hmmm if I was ….If I was the general audience what would I see? Would I see someone who has an amazing voice but she’s not convincing? How can she sing about love and she’s never been through that you know. I remember being by myself in my room and just praying like God, I don’t know what you want me to do because I feel like I’m going in circles and I want to do more and I see myself doing more. I just don’t think that my label knows what to do. I don’t even know what to do. I know what I want to be, but I don’t know how to get there. Then promise ring happened and so that was the start of everything. Then I was just like so now maybe I can sing about these songs cause I was 14 when I recorded the song I had new management her name was Filana Williams she came in and she put the urgency behind everybody. Like ok she’s a teenager let her sing about puppy love this is really cool. Promise ring is dope, lets bring in Ciara. She was also managing Ciara at the time, and so Tiffany can dance her ass off— Ciara can dance her ass off so lets bring them together and let them play off that energy.