Muddy Creek Muse: Tiffany Ashton

4 Questions with Tiffany Ashton

By combining her natural musical talents with a hard work ethic, Tiffany Ashton is making a real name for herself in the music industry. From singing at a young age in local churches to sharing the stage with CMA award-winning artists, she has steadily risen to a level of national recognition, and her future is very bright indeed.

She will be performing in the Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, August 20th at 7pm.

What kind of music did you start out listening to?

When I first started singing and performing, it was mostly Christian music with classical influences. In the car, we listened to country, Christian and pop on the radio, and at school, I was exposed to a variety of different genres. As a student at The Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, Mary Siebert and Peter Wilbur were both big influences of mine, and through the arts program I was exposed to, I acquired an appreciation for Appalachian folk music, opera and Broadway. People still often ask me what I listen to, and my favorite answer is “good music.” Music that expresses the way I’m feeling or makes me think from a new perspective is my favorite! When I write, I like to focus on lyrical storytelling, and country music has such a tradition for that and has a special place in my heart.

What is your advice for singer/songwriters trying to establish themselves in this area?

Be persistent, dedicated and thankful. For years, I played each week at coffee shops and small venues, and sometimes there were only two or three people there listening. But, whether there are three, 300 or 3,000 people listening, it’s very important that you play the same show. Every person who listens to your music is someone there to hear what you have to share, so it’s important that you value and appreciate everyone.

What inspires you to write songs?

My inspiration comes from my own experiences and emotions or from observing the experiences others are going through. Sometimes people will ask which song is my favorite out of the ones I’ve written, but that is such a hard question! You write each song at a different point through your experiences, and having to pick one is like picking a favorite child!

When writing your songs, which comes first – the melody or the lyrics?

It all depends! I’m usually a melody first writer, but sometimes the lyrics come in an emotionally charged moment, and I’ll go back with my guitar and put the words to a melody.