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Vixen Chat: Tiffany Evans Talks Motherhood and Music

While most 21-year-olds are busy taking advantage of their newfound freedom to turn up legally, Tiffany Evans finds more satisfaction creating a buzz than betting buzzed. The Bronx-native singer/actress, who landed her first record deal as a preteen, says she's learned how to manage her own brand and business, while basking in maternal bliss. We caught up with the all "Grown" up singer to discuss her busy life and the importance of taking full control of her career.
— Terry Carter Jr. 
VIBE Vixen: Did you feel any pressure or nervousness about the reaction from your fans before announcing your pregnancy?
Tiffany: I think every young mother kind of gets that anxiety to see if the reactions are gonna be positive or not. After awhile, I was like, you know what I'm happy. I'm married. I have a beautiful baby that's growing inside of my tummy. I should be just really happy with that and not focus on if anybody has anything to say negative.

Did you have to work hard to lose the baby weight?
You know what's so funny? After I had her, I said I really want to keep on this weight. I was trying to get a little thick and the baby weight just dropped! I was like, "Oh my god, what happened? (laughs)."
Has motherhood changed your approach to music at all?
I tend to watch the messages I send out in my music because I just want to make sure that it's healing people, lifting people up. Making people happy. I just want to make sure that it's nothing that tears another person down because I have a child and I want whatever she listens to building her up as well.
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Tiffany Evans

We saw the Instagram videos of your precious baby girl singing. Is that something you would be supportive of if she chose to pursue a career in the music industry in the future?

She sings and she dances. If she chose to pursue a career in the music industry, I would be supportive. I know how it is to be blinded by everything that's going on. I would make sure that I'm there, giving her advice and helping her make the right decisions. Making sure she keeps God first.
Does she have a favorite song for you to sing to her?
She has this song by Yo Gabba Gabba. (Singing) "Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid." She loves that record!
One of your most memorable songs is "Promise Ring" with Ciara. Do you still have a close relationship with her?
Not anymore, but we were really cool. She was always sweet, very caring. She's about to become a mommy. I'm a new mommy. Maybe we might reconnect.
As a mommy yourself, what advice you would give to her?
The best advice that I could give is to make sure that new mommies don't beat themselves up for something they don't know. A lot of things you don't know. It's kinda like a trial and error experience. You have to learn as you go. Just enjoy your child and love on them as much as possible.
You were signed with Mathew Knowles management for a quick while, and then suddenly you decided to part ways; what happened with that whole situation?
It was just time to move forward. Sometimes situations are placed in your life for you to learn certain things. I took whatever I learned from [Mathew] and put it into my own label.
How did you come up with the name for your label and what are your future plans for it?
The name Little Lady Entertainment was my husband's idea because he says I'm so little, but I'm a boss. I started pushing out my own music through my label and now I'm moving towards making it a production company because I always wanted to get into production and directing.
How important was it for you as a business woman to take control of your own career?
As a woman, you just don't want to be clueless about what's going on around you. At some point you want to be able to have creative input. Especially if you are an artist. I always want to make sure whatever I'm singing about or even my image is organic. I don't want to feel like this is something that is manufactured. It has to be authentic.
I kinda got tired of dealing with that with my [old] label. I was doing this for 10 years and I didn't know anything because everyone did everything for me. So I took the [independent] route and just said let me learn. Let me learn the business side.
Photo Credit: Calvin Evans
Tiffany Evans
As far as music, what has been your approach this time around? Do you have any particular direction or sound that has inspired you?
I will say that the new music is very groovy. I love when I hear music and it makes my body move. That's exactly what I want for my music this time. I know the fans are gonna really be proud of what we come up with.
Vocally, who are some of the artists you admire?
Miguel; I love his style and how he arranges his music. Elle Varner is dope. I love TGT. And Bando Jonez. He's so refreshing.
For your next project, do you have any dream collaborations or artists you'd like to work with?
All of my dream collaborations are with men. Usher. I love Usher. I think he's a vocal beast. Justin Timberlake. I would love to work with Timbaland, I think he's amazing. And Chris Brown.
Given his recent legal troubles, is there any advice you would you give Chris Brown?
The key is to have peace in the midst of chaos. Pray. Ask God what it is that you need to learn from this situation rather than react. I think this is that time for him. I'll be praying for him too.
Do you ever plan to put out a gospel album?
I do want to do a gospel album. I would just have to talk to God and see what he wants me to say. God has definitely used me in so many ways. I would hear from people all the time that my voice is anointed. Even if I'm signing what they called 'secular' music. I just call it love music. It's not really secular until it's completely opposite. If you're singing about love and joy, that's not seuler because it's all about what God is about.
If you could go back and tell your younger self something, what would you tell her?
When I was younger, I went through a lot of things and I didn't have people reassure me a lot. I would just tell her that she's absolutely beautiful and that she is worth love. She is love. She is worth it. Period.
And lastly, is there anything else you want to tell your fans?
Not only am I releasing unreleased music every week but I'm also going to be doing live sessions and Q&A's. We're about to start an entertainment development program with Little Lady Entertainment for people who are aspiring artists to learn what it is to be a performer and I would encourage people to get involved. As far as the new music, ya'll just gotta stay tuned. It's gonna be off the chain.
Photo Credit: Calvin Evans

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