“It all starts with a song.” — Tiffany Woys’ New Podcast, What’s Mine Is Yours
What’s Mine Is Yours takes you into the writers’ rooms up and down Music Row with some of Nashville’s most prolific and renowned songwriters. Host Tiffany Woys sits down with the people behind the songs we love, the songs we were raised on, and the songs that have become the soundtrack of our favorite moments. You may not know their names but you know their songs.
Some people are just born to be in front of an audience. Those fortunate few have a passion for communicating and an innate gift for connecting with people that is simply undeniable. With her vivacious personality and powerful, distinctive voice, Tiffany Woys is definitely a born entertainer.
“Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way.” You were 16 when you decided that you would pursue music as a career rather than a hobby. Now, as you look back, what stood out about this LeAnn Rimes’ song that it made such an impact on your life?
Well, to be fair, I haven’t experienced, thankfully, something this tragic in my real life but I was old enough to understand that this story held so much emotion and real heartache. It didn’t take me actually experiencing this to feel it. That’s what a good song and a good storyteller/ songwriter can do. This song hit me in the gut and it felt like a 2 hour motion picture being told in a little over 3 minutes. That’s country music to me.
Taking your one-way ticket to Nashville. “My life looks NOTHING like what it did 4 years ago. God gave me something so much better. I moved here not knowing anyone. Leaving friends, family, and a relationship behind. Within 2 months of living here my life was turned upside down. God has a beautiful way of taking things away knowing there is something so much better intended for you.” You shared that you highly suggest taking risks. What has helped you navigate the unknown in Music City these past four years?
Trusting your own intuition. Knowing that it all won’t be perfect and that’s okay. You will get knocked down because that’s life. The faster you realize that and get back up the better off you’ll be. I’ve realized that no one owes me anything. If I want something in life I have to go after it myself. I have to work for it. No one else can make it happen. That realization made me be able to look at a new place with much more peace because it’s no one’s fault when something doesn’t go your way. You have to take responsibility and accountability for your own future. I’ve also surrounded myself with a team that feels more like family and they have been here much longer than me and I trust their insight. Finding your people that genuinely want what’s best for you has lifted me up enormously.
Inspired by others. Your friend and fellow musician, Kira Lynn, took her concept for Wanna Spoon Cereal Bar to opening over those same four years. Do you plan to pursue interests outside of music too?
Kira! I am so proud of her! One of my best friends and a bridesmaid in my wedding. She inspires me so much. Hearing her concept years ago and seeing it come to fruition has been so special! I am pursuing other things, however, they still revolve around music right now. My new podcast has been a wonderful experience that I hope I’ll be doing for years to come. It’s been so fulfilling to connect with the songwriting community and talk with songwriters about their stories and get their perspective on the music industry as a whole. It’s about time they hold the microphone and get their sides heard.
Now if we are discussing passions and interests outside of music. I would love to start interior designing. I’ve done a few Airbnb’s in town and it ignites so much fire inside of me. However I only commit to it if it won’t take away from music.
Radio single, “I Don’t Want You Back.” The new release, whose video played on CMT, is your sixth time charting on Billboard’s National Country Radio Indicator Chart. The co-writers’ (Jason Saenz, Sara Haze, and Jon McLaughlin) lyrics became the retelling of your sister’s heartbreaking story. Off your EP All About Love, what message do you hope listeners take away from the song?
Recognize the voice in your head and heart that keeps pulling you back into a relationship. If there is that much push and pull and you know you are somewhere that you shouldn’t be, it’s best to leave. The act of loving someone shouldn’t be hard. That’s the easy part. So if your head and heart are that torn with leaving or staying it’s most likely a sign to leave.
What’s Mine Is Yours. How did you choose the title of your new podcast, which focuses on songwriters and their craft?
I struggled with the title for a while. Once I just let go of the pressure to find something perfect I went to sleep one night and like a message from God, I woke up and it clicked on like a lightbulb. My dream was so vivid. Nashville is build on the foundation of the songwriter. It all starts with a song. Then a lot of times those songs are pitched to artists like myself. It is my job then to attach my emotions to their story as if it were my own. From there artists release music to the public in hopes those very stories find a home with you. What starts out as “ours” will forever be “yours.”
Season 1 guests include Jeffrey Steele, Jason Saenz, Shane Minor, Ben Caver, Lynn Hutton, Tammi Kidd Hutton, The Warren Brothers, Chris DuBois, and D. Vincent Williams. What has been the most challenging part of doing research and writing questions for the interviews?
Making a every conversation different. I hate the mundane questions that anyone can just google the answer. That’s hard to avoid those foundational questions. But I do my best. My best questions have come from just listening to them talk. Questions I never even had prepared. The challenging part has become being the person asking the questions instead of the person answering them. I’m always being interviewed and for once I’m not the focus or the guest. Finding that balance of giving the listener a moment to get to know the guest as well as still being able to get to know the host has been a tightrope to walk on.
To time away from music and daydreaming of Disneyland. What makes this theme park your special place?
Nostalgia all the way. My mom worked at Disneyland when she was younger. She was Cinderella in the electrical parade. It’s been a place we have visited since I was born. I don’t even have to ride one ride while I’m there for it to feel complete. The smells, the music, the energy and magic you can feel radiating for a child’s first time there. I instantly feel like anything can happen. No worries or stress from the real world. It’s an escape. Even with all the walking and waiting. I feel magic.