While speaking with the spunky Tia Douglass who is the winner of Baltimore Idol 2010 you will find her to be funny, humble, outspoken but over all, a talented singer hailing from Baltimore City Maryland. The petite songstress packs a huge punch when it comes to belting out melodies. She’s the type of artist that brings listeners to tears with her convicting and emotional vocals. When describing her vocal style and what she brings to her audience, Tia says “I’m an artist that gives her all and is very much into the song that I’m singing. The majority of the songs that I sing is very much heart felt.”
Rightfully, heartfelt is a perfect description as Tia’s inspiration is Gospel. She loves to sing powerful spiritual music and mixes it up with R&B and Jazz. I’m so glad to haved interviewed this rising star. Here are her reponses to my questions about her inspirations and her career.
What inspired you to initially sing?
Tia: What inspired me to sing is my family and friends. When I was young I say at the age of nine or ten years old there was this Pastor, named Pastor Thomas. He would always have me sing “I Love you Lord” all the time. He would get so excited. He told my aunt that he saw something in me far more greater. He said that he saw something in me in which I didn’t see at the time.
Tia is motivated by the lyrics of her song choices. She also gets motivation from the support of her friends and family. As a youngster growing up she describes herself as a tom boy who was brought up in the church singing with the choir and also doing solos at a very young age.
When asked how she characterizes herself when it comes to music, Tia reflects for just a moment. “Strong and heartfelt, sometimes I surprise myself when I hit a certain key.” Confident yet humble Tia takes her musical talents very seriously.
“The greatest risk I’ve taken was traveling to Seoul, Korea for a whole month, to sing for the troops.” That confidence and steadfast faith in her talent has brought her further in leading her to a hopeful career in music.
Who have you had the opportunity to work with or see live?
Tia: I had the opportunity to be on the Today Show, as one of the top 5 contestants to sing with Jennifer Hudson in New York City last March of 2009. I also had the opportunity to audition for Effie of Dream Girls on Broadway last April of 2009, and also to see Vikki Winans about ten years ago. She was a judge on a Gospel competition my former church participated in now.
If you could have anything else in the world what would it be?
Tia: It would be to sing full time so that my mom wouldn’t have to work. Tia is currently seeking management although the woman who has helped her become the person she is today is her mother. “I have no manager or agent but my mother is my biggest supporter and fan.” With her mother in her corner, she will continue to do great things.
That’s amazing, there you were singing with An American Idol , now you’ve just won, Baltimore’s Idol Competition and a recording deal.
What was your first memory as a performer?
Tia: I remember singing in elementary school in a Cinderella play. I was singing so loud I was over singing the kids. The teacher’s there were so supportive of me.
Do you feel pressure to diet, or is that not as much of an issue as people make it out to be?
Tia: I do feel the pressure to keep my weight down because in this industry if you don’t look or sound the part your chances of making it is slim.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Tia: I see myself in 5 years singing full time and making hits, but if that doesn’t work then continue to pursue my career in nursing.
What’s your greatest performance?
Tia: My greatest performance was auditioning for Effie of Dream Girls. Those producer’s mouths dropped and couldn’t believe all of that came out of me. I had a second call back, but even though I didn’t get the part it was a great experience.
Can you give our readers any tips for overcoming rejection and achieving success?
Tia: Praying and never giving up.
Is it better to send a couple of pictures to a big talent agencies like in New York / Los Angeles, or is it better to just see a small local talent shows?
Tia: Both, the better chances of you getting out there.
Choose any 3 words to describe yourself.
Tia: Determined, Versatile, Humble
Judging from the interview, everyone can see that Tia Douglass is exactly just that; determined, versatile, and humble. We would also like to add amazing and talented. Congratulations on your Baltimore Idol win and all the success in your future.
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