Like many successful performers,
Tiffany's career began when she was very young. Born on October 2, 1971
in Norwalk, a quiet suburb in Southern California, Tiffany was
performing nationwide at fairs, special events and on talent shows such
as Star Search by the time she was five. Her performances were marked by
an incredible presence and control that enabled her to deliver songs
such as "Delta Dawn and "Stand By Your Man" with honesty and conviction.
By the time Tiffany was 13 years old, her voice and determination
landed her an audience with producers George Tobin and Brad Schmidt.
Soon after, she was offered a contract with MCA Records and began work
on her first album-the self titled debut, Tiffany.
To promote the album to her target audience, a plan was hatched to
have Tiffany perform nationwide at shopping malls. Within weeks she was
singing to over 5,000 screaming fans in Salt Lake City, Utah. "Mall
managers started to look at Tiffany differently after Salt Lake City.
The turnouts were getting enormous," explains Schmidt. "It started out
as a marketing tool and as a way to get her in front of people and it
turned into a phenomenon."
Overnight, Tiffany had become a pop culture and teen icon featured
in magazines, newspapers, and even on the The Tonight Show. Both "I
Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've
Been" were US #1 singles. "I Saw Him Standing There," which hit the
Top Ten, was also included on her 1987 debut album. Tiffany even
managed to dethrone the King of pop, Michael Jackson, knocking him from
the number one spot on the album charts. Tiffany's trajectory to
super-stardom was unprecedented: Her humble beginnings with a mall tour
led to two number-one records and domestic album sales beyond the six
million mark, with over 14 million records sold worldwide. Her second
album, Hold An Old Friend's Hand, went double platinum and included the
Top Ten hit "All This Time."
By the early 1990s, Tiffany decided to take a break. "People think
I disappeared. But I took time away to be a person, not just a
personality." Time away from the spotlight allowed Tiffany to mature
personally and professionally. Already a gifted performer, she devoted
herself to writing lyrics that would more clearly reflect her
experiences, emotions and spirit. The resulting effort, the album The Color
of Silence, was co-written by Tiffany and reveals a depth of
artistry not often found in the world of pop music. "This album is a
reflection of my life over the past ten years. A lot has changed, and
people are not aware that my music represents the pains and joys I've
experienced as a musician, full-time mother and successful business
Reviews of Tiffany's 2001 release,
The Color of Silence, were stellar:
- "The Color of Silence is thoughtful, intelligent, and full of
grace. It's also inpretentious. Consider it Tiffany's equivalent to
Alanis Morissettes landmark, 'Jagged little Pill.'" (Billboard, 8.2000)
- "The Color of Silence is one of the finest pop albums of 2000."
- "Super Sexy"(Spin.com 7.2000)
Despite maintaining a rigorous live performance schedule, Tiffany
also enjoys television work, and has made numerous recent appearances
as a host on VH1.