Growing up in a world where music is not centered around talent, or substance, can be an adjustment and frustrating to say the least. What is left after you take away the fancy clothes, jewelry, back up dancers, auto-tune and bright lights? You have someone like Beyonce, Jazmine Sullivan or Tiffany Evans! Evans recently released her new EP, ‘All Me’ along with her hit single, “On Sight” featuring Fetty Wap. She sat down with Kontrol to discuss navigating her way through the industry, motherhood and becoming a boss.
When Evans arrived on the scene, it seemed as though she was destined for stardom. She won competitions such as “Star Search” and “Showtime at the Apollo” that landed her a deal with Columbia Records at the age of 10. She starred in Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and contributed to the “Tarzan 2” movie soundtrack. This seemed like the recipe for all teenage sensation. But, when her self-titled debut album peaked at 137 on the Billboard 200, she found herself stuck like in limbo with the label. “Yeah, it was trying time in my life, but I found another way to release my music.”
Independently releasing ‘All Me’ allowed Evans to have total control. This 7 song compilation is one of her best bodies of work. It all started with the recording of ‘On Sight’. “I wanted someone on the song. My friend, who happens to be Fetty Wap’s DJ, heard the song and then went straight to the studio and told him to lay something down. It was perfect.”
“This EP encompasses everything that is me. The title is pretty self-explanatory. I’m a grown woman now and a mother. I have been through some pretty heavy things and I wanted my music to reflect that. I feel like I did a pretty good job at that.”
While recording, ‘All Me’, Evans was pregnant with her second child. Now, some would use this as a crutch and others, as Evans’ showcased, and others step up to the plate and use it as motivation. The last song on the album, ‘100 Percent’ displays a mother’s love in its purest form.
“I wanted to show myself that I could do it. I recorded most of the album while I was pregnant. I would go to the studio with my daughter and just sing my heart out.”
Evans who is on the way to becoming a mini mogul, has also found the time to release a clothing, Eye Hunee. The online store sells everything from shades, accessories and clothing will be released in the spring.
“I am very hands on with Eye Hunne. We design everything in house. Right now we have all of our accessories online. We are having so much fun designing our signature jackets and clothing. There will be something for everyone. So just wait on it.”
Evans EP, ‘All Me’ can be found on iTunes and she interacts with her fans daily on Instagram.com/TiffanyEvansOfficial