Interview by Carol Wright | Hair, Makeup and Photo by Nichole Gianniotti
We got to chat with singer/songwriter Tiffany Sayers about her song “Trippin’ Over You’ and her musical inspirations.
Being from Los Angeles, were you often inspired by the fact that people go to California to fulfill their dreams?
I definitely haven’t taken that for granted! I love California (originally from NorCal but Los Angeles now). LA is such a huge entertainment hub, and I’m grateful I can take advantage of all the networking opportunities here. It’s also motivating to live in a place where people are going after their dreams and realizing them. You can feel the ambition in the air, there’s no time for sleep!
Outside of singing and dancing you also write poetry. Was there ever a time where you saw yourself becoming a writer versus a singer?
Never a writer outside of music, but a songwriter, yes. And singing was always in the picture. Poetry was my first introduction to being creative with words and telling stories in unique ways. It was liberating to be able to tap into my emotions and express them for the first time. It was my launchpad into songwriting, so I’m thankful for that.
Tell us about your latest single “Trippin’ Over You.” What story are you trying to tell through the song?
How you can be instantly attracted to someone, the feeling is intense and exciting, but it’s also scary because it’s unpredictable. You aren’t sure of what you are getting yourself into, but it feels good, so you go for it anyway.
“Trippin’ Over You” is the first song you’ve released since 2019. Why did this seem like the right single to start the new year off with?
2020 was a roller coaster of emotions, so I wanted to kick off the new year with a fun, upbeat song. It’s a head-bopping pop track with a disco groove about having intoxicating chemistry with someone that makes you love-drunk. I figured we could all use a little bit of that in our lives.
Who are some of your music inspirations?
Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Stevie Nicks, Brandy, H.E.R., Rihanna, Tori Amos, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and Mariah Carey.
What advice do you have for aspiring singers?
It is wonderful to be inspired, motivated, and influenced by other singers you admire, but don’t get too caught up in comparing yourself to them. Instead, focus on cultivating your unique style and what YOU do best. That is how you will shine and truly connect with your audience.