Interview with Tiffany Houghton
by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Tiffany Houghton: This last year has been full of the best and worst times. I love music, I was born with a fire and deep rutter to create moments that move people through music. A year ago I was finishing up my junior year of high school with peers I
grew up with, on a competitve dance team, had a boyfriend, lived with my family, but craved more time for my true passion, my music. Over the course of the last twelve months everything in my life has changed dramatically. I walked off my dance team, broke up with my boyfriend, spent the summer in Nashville, transferred to an arts magnet school as a new senior, graduated a semester early, and moved back to Nashville to pursue my career full time. This past year has been full of rewarding sacrifices. Because of the goodbye’s I have been able to fully devote myself to the creation of my recently released EP. I am so happy to be living in Music City USA paying my dues and making my dreams come true.
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?
Tiffany Houghton: I just released my self-titled EP, all songs of which I wrote and produced. We have had a wonderful response! I played at The House of Blues Dallas where I got to share my new music first with my family, friends, and fans in my home town.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Tiffany Houghton: I did write all of the songs on my EP. I believe that way to touch a persons heart is by speaking from my own.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?
Tiffany Houghton: It’s all I have ever wanted to do, I can’t not write, I can’t not sing. I feel at home when I am on stage. If there is something you cannot live a day without doing, then pursue with with all of your heart and soul.
Lamitschka: What is one of your favorite songs on the album and what’s the story behind it?
Tiffany Houghton: My parents have painted one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen throughout my life. They were married at my age, 18 years old. They came from nothing and had some real challenges early on that could have easily broken them apart. Through their love and support of eachother, they have come so far together. They are still in love, 25 years later. It is becasue of them that I believe in love. I wrote the song “Like He Treats Her” just after I watched them leave our home for a Sunday walk, holding hands. I have so much respect for the example they have set for me, I gave this song to them for their 25th anniversary.
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Tiffany Houghton: The desire I have to influence people the same way that I have been influenced by so many wonderful musicians that came before me.
Lamitschka: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Tiffany Houghton: I had a sweet girl come to me and tell me that my song, “Different” helped her to view herself in a much more positive light. When I am told that I have inspired a person to be their best self and to love who they are, I am rewarded so much more than by any recognition or reward I could receive.
Lamitschka: Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Tiffany Houghton: Definitely myself, I really care about giving my audience the most honest and best I have.
Lamitschka: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Tiffany Houghton: Yes, there are changes to be made with every day that I am given. I am always trying to improve myself and learn as much as I can.
Lamitschka: Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?
Tiffany Houghton: It is a HUGE dream of mine to play at the Grand Ole Opry. It is full of so much history and I highly respect the magic that has been made on that stage.
Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
Tiffany Houghton: Yes, I just launched my website this month, fans can find ALL of my latest updates, events, blog, pictures, and fan shop at www.tiffanyhoughton.com
Lamitschka: What message would you like to send your European fans?
Tiffany Houghton: I love all of you!! Thank you so much for the love and support I have felt, you all keep me going and I hope to meet all of you soon.
Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )