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Last summer, Tiffany Johnson’s powerful vocals soared from the inside of a house studio in Nashville, Tennessee. She was live recording her rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – a song she’s been singing for the past 30 years. Two of these performances were especially memorable. The first was when she sang her little heart out at a community festival in grade school. The second is etched into her mind forever. It’s what she pictured when she closed her eyes in that house studio. It was when she stood atop a roof in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, against the night sky, and sang for a group of humanitarian aid volunteers.
She recorded that song live for her most recent project, Five Minutes More. It is a culmination of Tiffany’s complete singing career. She first traveled with The Bandits when she was eight years old. She’d stand up in front of crowds at country bars in the Southeast and do what she loved most. “When you’re naturally gifted with something,” she shares, “It feels like home. I feel whole and at home when I sing.” During her teens and twenties she toured the country with a gospel group called TRUTH. Her solo career included opening dates for Bob Carlisle, NewSong and Ashley Cleveland. Currently, she can be found singing backup for Nashville’s critically acclaimed Etta Britt, performing in Nashville at various events, including benefits for charities such as Songs For Sound and Soles4Souls and singing regularly at Hopepark Church.
She wasn’t planning to start writing a record. It just happened. When friends and fellow musicians Michael and Emily Estok approached her with the idea of co-writing, she was leery of the idea. “Writing with someone is nerve-racking. “It just feels like you’re naked with your worst pair of underwear on. You feel so vulnerable,” Tiffany reveals. But within two hours, they had one song down. A week later, they recorded it. This process continued for over two months. “It was such a great experience,” she continues. “It was always a joy. Not once did writing, practicing or recording seem like work.
The record includes odes to ex-boyfriends, love songs and even a worship song. But the title track is different. It expresses her desire to have just five more minutes with her late father – a sentiment many can identify with. “To have the experience of writing that 10 years after he died, continue that process of grief and make peace with that chapter of my life is invaluable,” Tiffany shares. “I hope it can bring peace and rectify relationships for others as well.” Like the rest of the record, this song is meant to encourage the listener to feel, to inspire them and to bring positive change. “It’s been a joy from start to finish,” Tiffany concludes. “I was given a gift to be able to do this – and now I want to give that to others.”
“As a musician Tiffany is one of the most inspirational vocalists I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. Her vocal interpretation given to each lyric instills a sentiment of ‘please don’t ever leave this stage. There will never be another…My advice? Drop the needle and getcha some.”
Jack Purcell, VP of Promotion, Big Machine Label Group