Tia McGraff is a singer who recently released the album Stubborn In My Blood; here is a link to her website:
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
A: I won the Canadian Country Singing Contest Female Open Category when I was 19 years old. The prize included cash (used it to buy my first guitar) and free recording time at a studio in Niagara Falls, ON. I wrote my first song, Mister with my new guitar and recorded it in the studio. We decided to release it to Canadian country radio and soon I was getting noticed. I even got a call from a CBC tv show in Toronto and was on the show with Johnny Cash and June Carter. I was hooked on the music industry and knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
Q: Which of your songs is the most personal?
A: Let ‘Em See Your Strong is a song of courage and inner strength. Overcoming toxic relationships. Something I’ve had to do in my life.
Q: What do most people not understand about the Nashville music scene?
A: you need to be patient and consistant. Stay true to your talent and find a way to set yourself apart.
Q: What is your weirdest back stage story?
A: I really don’t have one. I have always tried to keep things back stage clear and drama free. No one who shouldn’t be there. I also learned early in my career, from being in theatre I suppose, that you get on and off stage without lingering back stage.
Q: What kinds of day jobs have you had in your life and how did they influence your music?
A: I worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. It was great listening and learning about all the history and stories behind the stars fame. It helped me see that everyone of them came from a beginning in their career and worked hard for their success.
Q: How did you and your partner Tommy Parham meet?
A: In Nashville. I had moved there from Canada and he had moved there from L.A. We were introduced by his music publisher to write together. The rest is history.
Q: What is the overall theme of the album “Stubborn In My Blood?”
A: Stubborn In My Blood The title track is about my family/where they came from/diversity/strength/dreams/etc. Sums up the message of the album
Q: What are some successful things you have done to promote yourself?
A: Social Networking is so important in today’s music scene. In fact, I have tried to keep up with it myself, but due to our touring schedule and writing appointments, I have found it necessary to hire a social media person to handle my gig posts etc. She is amazing, and it helps me keep up with the things I need to take care of, while my fans feel they are in the loop of everything.
Q: What are some of the pitfalls you have experienced in the music business?
A: rejection, being too unique…….
Q: If you had the chance to perform with any music legend, who would it be?
A: Dolly Parton. I am involved with donating a portion of my book sales to our local chapter of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. She is just an incredible aritst, business person and human being
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