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The Nash New Artist Interview: Tiffany Woys

Growing up on the west coast in Sacramento, California, country singer Tiffany Woys had to learn about and teach herself country music on her own. She heard LeAnn Rimes sing the national anthem and was hooked from there. “I begged my mom to take me to Tower Records, which I don’t believe exists anymore, and I bought the cassette tape with ‘How Do I Live’ on it,” she tells us. “I just listened to it over and over and over again.” She also discovered and listened to Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Jo Dee Messina (one of her mom’s favorite artists) and has been influenced by them ever since. “Growing up in Sacramento, there just wasn’t a lot of (country) music opportunity. I gave it a try after college, I put a band together and tried to tour, but it was really difficult to get bookings because there wasn’t a lot going on in California, and I knew initially I’d have to end up here in Nashville.”

Woys always knew she belonged on a stage and recalls holding a microphone from the age of five, but because of the uncertainty of the music business and the fear of not being taken seriously, she thought about going to law school and becoming an attorney. “Law was another way for me to put on a show in a sense,” she explained. “I always saw the courtroom as an imaginary stage.” She had an epiphany where she realized her reasoning for wanting to pursue law came from her original affinity for performing on a stage. That was a feeling she couldn’t ignore. 

After having brutally honest conversations with the people around her about the long journey ahead, she ended up purchasing a one-way ticket to Nashville. She left everything she knew behind including her family, a boyfriend of five years, all of her friends, and the band she was performing with regularly. When she touched down in Nashville, she didn’t know anyone. She had moments of doubt but ultimately made the decision that she couldn’t go home. “I thought nuh-uh. I’ve always wanted to do this. This is my plan A and my plan B; there’s no way that I’m gonna go back,” she said. “This is where I was supposed to be.”

Tiffany Woys