Hailing from the city of Inglewood in the land of angels and dreamers, California, comes a talented force in the form of Tiffany Gouché. After falling in love with her Fantasy effort from 2014, Tiffany has continued to kill it in a way that has impressed the hell out of music snobs from both sides of the coast. For those just getting familiar with the ageless wonder, the growingly popular singer-songwriter stems from a musical family.
“I come from a long line of musicians,” Gouché said in a previous interview with TheHeartOfLA.com. With an uncle who plucked the bass for both Chaka Khan and Prince, and personally in a group called “Woodworks” with her cousins, Tiffany has proven her musicality in writing songs for Usher Raymond and the Pussycat Dolls. Armed with classic vocal intonation and strong songwriting, Tiffany followed up her Fantasy with one of the perfect titles from an artist in all of 2015.
Pillow Talk, Tiffany’s most recent EP, which was powered by the standout cut, “Red Rum Melody,” enabled the Inglewood innovator to kill it with the slow jams. Shaped by her family history, both good and bad, Tiffany Gouché is a powerful new voice that is worth staying in tune to. After developing her sound and character through self-reflection and actualization, Tiffany Gouché, a proud queer woman, exemplifies strength, creativity and skills — which makes her one of our dopest First Look Friday interviewees.
With that said, we’re excited to introduce you to Inglewood’s inspiration, Tiffany Gouché is this week’s selection to end the week on. We have the exclusive distinction to premiere an unreleased cut from Tiffany Gouché in the form of “Breakthrough,” click through to page 2 to listen as you read our convo and get to know this essential new artist….
OKP: To music snobs the world over, you are making an impact all over Los Angeles. What is it that the City of Angels is seeing and hearing that the world has yet to discover?
Tiffany Gouché: A new sound, a new story, a new way of using melodies and chords. Infused with my story and my pain, I think the world is ready to hear that. My most cherished influences would be Missy Elliott and Stevie Wonder. I say Missy because she’s a female producer and she just killed the game. She always went back in on a craft and came back with something new that we were all excited about. Stevie Wonder, man, we already know the deal. He’s just a musical genius, and I don’t think that anybody’s ever used the 12 notes how he has in his career. I don’t think anyone ever will.
OKP: For those who have a passion for music, they hone their skills and practice their craft. Who are your most cherished influences in music and why?
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