“Our talents are the gift that God gives to us…what we make of our talents is our gift back to God” and for Tiffany Ashton, a 16-year-old from King, NC, her talent for singing is something she is uses every day as a gift back to God, and to all who hear her perform.
Since the age of 3, Tiffany has sung solos in church and at the age of 6, sang the ‘National Anthem’ at sporting events – she even opened for a performance of Sly and The Family Stone when she was 9. “I began writing my own music at age 13,” said Tiffany, “releasing my first CD, ‘Crossroads,’ in 2011, followed by ‘Adrenaline Crush’ and the release this September of ‘Southern Sweetheart.’ Performing, singing and songwriting for me is a creative outlet, an instinct and a passion. I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t sung; life for me without music would be colorless. There is no better feeling than playing my original songs to an audience and having them smile back at me, mouthing the lyrics. That says it all…music has spoken to them in a way nothing else can.” And judging by the number of performances she has scheduled up and down the east coast into late fall 2014, it seem that Tiffany’s music is speaking to many.
“I perform contemporary country music with a hint of pop,” noted Tiffany. “I aspire to take my talents much further in the future, currently pursuing music as a full time career. In September, my producer, Jason Hoard, has scheduled meetings in Atlanta and Nashville with record labels. Jason is a touring member of the Grammy-award winning band Third Day, and has been an inspiration to me. He has shown me how important it is to stay true to yourself and your Christian values, despite the many things the music industry throws at you.”
As well as inspiration, hard work and experience are keys to Tiffany’s success. “For the past two years I have been working with the renowned performance coaches at Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, who also coach The Band Perry, Usher, Drake, Sugarland and other artists,” said Tiffany. “And I was invited last October to accompany several up and coming singer/songwriters on the Alabama and Friends Cruise, giving me the opportunity to spend time with national artists like Diamond Rio, Craig Morgan and Alabama. I gained invaluable insight on the music industry and it was a blessing to have that experience.”
But Tiffany’s life is not all about music. As a rising junior at Atkins Academic and Technology High School, she is ranked first in her class. This past July, she competed at the National level of TSA (Technology Student Association, a middle and high school engineering organization) where she placed first in the nation for her entry in the ‘Essays on Technology’ competition. “My hobbies outside of songwriting and performing include rocketry, engineering and surfing, which comes from the summers I have spent in Ft. Pierce, FL, but music is my passion,” commented Tiffany.
In addition to music and school, Tiffany’s family plays a key role in her life. “When at home, my life is a little bit different than most, as my little brother, Tristan, has autism and severe epilepsy. Although our lives can be challenging at times, Tristan is such a blessing to my family. He has taught me perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles, no matter how big they seem. God has truly blessed me with an amazingly supportive family,” Tiffany stated.
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