The Oracle: How long have you been singing for and what made you want to start?
Tiffany Yang: I have been singing ever since I was a little girl, approximately six years old. I always sang in the shower, and I started realizing my talent when I was 12 or so. I guess I started singing seriously when I was about 13.
TO: What do you like about singing that keeps you doing it?
TY: I love everything about singing. Music in general can make me so incredibly happy and I’m so honored to have the gift of music. As cheesy as it sounds, making music probably is the one thing that can make me genuinely happy. I keep on doing it because I have so much love for it, and I’m absolutely positive that I’ll be singing for the rest of my life.
TO: You were on a tour in L.A. this summer; what was that like and how did you get the opportunity?
TY: I sang at parks in L.A. to promote myself this summer, and it was the most adrenaline -filled thing that I have ever done. Being on stage really put things into perspective for me. I realized that singing is what I want to do for as long as I live. I got the opportunity through my aunt who lives in L.A. with her family. She has a lot of connections because her eldest daughter is in the industry, so I lived with them in Tarzana. I did shows two to three times each week and I went to events because I was with a public relations group.
TO: What were some of your favorite moments from the tour?
TY: Aside from singing, my cousin and I got invited to a lot of events. I met so many artists, and I got to walk the red carpet with other celebrities. One time, I was walking the carpet, and I look to my right [and] the guy from “Teen Wolf” smiled at me, and I got to talk to him.
TO: What did you learn from the tour?
TY: I learned how to perform on stage and I got so much better at public communication. When you go on stage, you can’t just start singing. You have to know how to work the crowd.
TO: Do you see yourself singing in the future?
TY: Singing is such a big part of my life. I record a new song every week, and I upload it to my SoundCloud. I spend two to four hours on every song because I usually have to record my vocals and the piano on different takes. In the future, I hope to be going to college in L.A. while also singing at events. I want to find a good management company to manage me. I also want to sign with a record label, hopefully Atlantic or Capitol records.
TO: What is your favorite part about singing?
TY: My favorite part about singing is the adrenaline I feel before performing in front of a crowd. I like to see how people react to my voice and my style of singing. When people want my business card/ a picture/my autograph, I get super emotional because it makes me feel so blessed to be able to have an effect on people.
TO: What do you want people to get out of your singing, and what do you get out of it?
TY: I want people to relate to my singing or to simply just like my voice. If I could help someone go through a hard time because of my music, that would be enough for me. Music has done a lot for me, and I just hope to give it back. I only want to make a difference in people’s lives from my music.
TO: What are you working on at the moment?
TY: Right now, I’m working on just making more music and posting it everywhere. I really want to get myself out there and I want to open for new and upcoming artists in small venues. I’m trying to land any events or performance venues.
TO: What is your favorite genre to sing?
TY: I sing mostly indie music, and I’m glad I do because it’s a little more rare and less generic which will get you noticed in Los Angeles. I listen to mostly everything because I want to know what’s going on in the industry.
TO: Do you have any advice for those who aspire to sing?
TY: If you want to sing, my advice would be to go all out. Don’t say you want it and not do anything about it. If you want something, try and if it’s meant to be, it’ll happen.
—Compiled by Stina Chang