omg: Can you tell us about how you got to Nashville?
Tiera: Yes! I originally went to school in North Alabama for a year, and I studied music business. I really wanted to come to Nashville to go to Belmont- it’s what everyone wants to do- but I got a full ride to North Alabama, so my parents were like, “you’re going there.” I went there for a year and did music business. It was great. I learned a lot, but I really felt like I needed to be in Nashville. I feel like with music, you can’t really be taught it. You have to actually be in it to learn. So, my whole family, my two younger sisters and my parents, moved up here in November. I’ve been writing and taking meetings every single day. I’ve been so busy, but this is exactly where I’ve wanted to be for such a long time. I feel like last year was the perfect time, like when God wanted me here.
omg: When did you start music?
Tiera: I’ve been singing ever since I was little, honestly. But I guess I got serious about it in high school. I started to do festivals and perform at venues around Birmingham. I started coming here in 2015. I actually auditioned to play at Bluebird Cafe and that was one of my performances. I’ve also played at the Song Suffragettes. That’s one of the rounds that I’ve played here, and that’s been really great- just connecting with a bunch of girls in Nashville.
omg: You’re really busy with meetings and writes, as well as playing out. What does a typical day look like for you?
Tiera: I love to write in the mornings. I hate waking up in the morning, but I can’t write in the afternoon or at night. I usually start my writes about 10:30-11:00am, and sometimes they end around 1:00pm. After that, I’ll take meetings or go home and work on my music stuff. I’m doing everything by myself. It’s fun, because I love the business side of it. I love social media, so getting all the content ready- that’s really fun for me.
omg: Speaking of social media, tell us about Mini Cover Mondays!
Tiera: I think this really started back when Instagram released video capability. You could do, like, 15 seconds. It’s so funny to go back and watch, like I could literally only fit in two lines. *laughs* I really wanted to incorporate my music into my instagram, because social media is where people are. I started doing covers, and then I decided that I wanted to do it every week, every Monday, so I came up with a cute little name for it. Most of the time, I do songs that are current, but I love to go back and do the oldies. I’ve done a lot of Dolly Parton- she’s my favorite. But yeah, I love doing those covers. It’s really cool seeing people’s suggestions on them, too.
omg: It’s inspiring for us to see a young artist encouraging and lifting up others. Why do you think encouraging others is so important?
Tiera: When I moved here, there were so many female songwriters that reached out to me, and they were like “I want to help you in any way that I can,” even females that were in the music business. Honestly, you have to have a support system when you move here. You have to have people that believe in you. That’s been great for me, so I really want to do that for other girls. I know that moving here, it’s such a shock, and everyone’s working for the same thing. People think it’s really vicious between artists, but it’s not at all. Everybody’s so supportive and everyone’s writing with each other. I just try to spread the love whenever I can, because it’s so easy to get discouraged doing this. We can all relate to each other, so encouraging each other is so important.
omg: You just got out of the studio! What’s coming up next for you?
Tiera: I have a single that is coming out on July 6th. I was recording at Muscle Shoals, FAME Studios. It’s been so great recording there, because so many amazing people have recorded there, like Aretha Franklin, and Demi Lovato was just there. It’s really crazy to be making music the same place they did. Everyone there is really supportive of my music. I met my producer there. His name is Noah Shell. We wrote a bunch of songs when I was in college, and we got a bunch of demos. I picked six songs to put out, so we’ve got a lot of music coming up. I’m really excited. It’s funny, though, because those songs I wrote like two years ago and they’re just now coming out. Now I have new songs that I want y’all to hear, but it’s going to be a little before those get out. But I’m excited to release music.
omg: Do you have any advice to young artists like yourself?
Tiera: I would say find a mentor. Find somebody that has been in the business for a while and knows what they’re doing. It’s so easy to get caught up and overwhelmed, so have somebody you can go to and ask “Is this deal okay? Should I be doing this?” When I first moved here, a guy named JD Groover reached out to me. He works at Sea Gayle Publishing, and he was like, “I want to help you any way possible. If you have questions, just come to me.” There have been so many other people that have reached out to me that I know I can go to and ask questions. That’s just really important to have somebody that knows more than you. I mean, you can look stuff up on the internet, but to actually have somebody in music-- sometimes they’re even like my therapist-- is great.