Tiffany Houghton holds a captivating, strong, yet honey-sweet voice that can tell a remarkable story. It is clear in her self-titled EP that Tiffany is a masterful songwriter and storyteller with her ability to connect to the heartbeat of country music. Her music, fresh with untapped maturity, carries melodic confidence that is impossible to overlook.
Already, Tiffany has experienced what many hope to accomplish in a lifetime. At the age of nine, Tiffany’s determination led her to move to New York where she was cast as an alternate for Annie on Broadway, attended the prestigious Camp Broadway and played Nora on the television soap opera, “As The World Turns.” Her attendance at Camp Broadway led her to be one of two girls selected out of hundreds of applicants to audition for the cast of the Broadway musical, “Gypsy,” as Baby June.
“I still remember the feeling when I found out I didn’t make the final cut for ‘Gypsy’ because I could not dance on Ballet Pointe shoes,” says Tiffany. “So after that, I knew that no matter how hard I had to work, I would learn how to dance on Pointe. I made a promise to myself that I would never let my failures define who I am, but instead to refine who I can become.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Tiffany set out with big dreams – writing, singing and performing at an early age. She held lead roles in area musicals and even before finishing high school, Tiffany had already sung the national anthem at multiple Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games and opened for country music star Joe Nichols at the famous Texas Stampede.
Tiffany knew that her pursuit as an artist was limited without a leap of faith. And so, with no back-up plan or even a place to live, Tiffany packed her bags and moved to Nashville just three weeks after her 18th birthday.
“I can count on one hand the number of times I have felt as strongly about something in my life. I had just transferred to a performing arts school, but I knew that my home and my heart was in Nashville and that is where I belonged. I knew then that I had to jump and not look back.”
The journey to Music City had its own set of hiccups for Tiffany. After spending the night at a local hotel, Tiffany found her car had been broken into and she had lost everything. Her computer. Her guitar. Even the boxes of journals that she had collected since she was six.
“All I could do in that moment was just collapse right there and cry. I have never felt so violated, desperate and heartbroken in my life. I sat there outside the hotel and cried for hours. I knew I had a choice. I could turn around and go back to Dallas, or I could pick myself up and keep moving forward. I’ve learned through this process that nothing worth it is ever easy and that’s why I’m here. The key to happiness in life isn’t about what we own, but really staying true to yourself. Do what you love and you will love your life.”
This is the undeniable spirit of Tiffany – a level of admirable courage and confidence that is rare to find at any age. With the release of her self-titled EP this summer and a bright future on the horizon, Tiffany is only getting started.