All the way from Inglewood, CA, the artist known as Tia P. is a driven, passionate and charismatic talented artist, producer, musician, and songwriter! Never one to settle for less or taking the easy road, Tia P. has taken on the challenge to be the Voice of the New Generation.
Her soulful gritty voice delivers funky rhythms and well-thought out lyrics while conveying a compelling story. Tia P. demonstrates a musical maturity well beyond her years. Influenced by the likes of Missy Elliot, Pharrell Williams and Lauryn Hill, Tia P’s soul embody the essence of Erykah Badu, the funk of D’ Angelo, the storytelling of Bahamadia and the brashness of Jean Grae.
Tia P. is an artist with major crossover appeal; “My goal is to “Change the Game” back to what it used to be and create original music and write lyrics that people can relate to.”
Her desire is to tap a wide array of fans so she can speak to their souls and inspire them to follow their dreams.
Why is music so important to you?
Music is communication – the most powerful and unbound form we have. My parents are musicians and I can’t remember any time in my life when I wasn’t surrounded by music.
What legendary musicians inspired you?
Wow, it’s a few. Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, of course, Prince and MJ – always.
What have you learned most about yourself on this journey as an artist?
My journey as an artist can only go as far as my journey as a person, mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can’t pour from an empty cup. I have to continue to live and love and hurt, and interact with people to continue to have a fresh perspective to come from – a story to tell.
What’s a fun fact about Tia P.?
I loooove imitating accents, especially British accents.
What’s next for you?
Well, I’m on a new music/ reality TV series on BET. It airs in October. I also have my, Come Together music video being released in January.
What would be the ultimate goal for you to obtain in 2019?
I’d love to be on a world tour. That would be bananas for me. However, on that same spectrum, it’s a longing goal to perform in my own city, The Forum in Inglewood.
How do you feel about today’s Hip Hop industry vs old school?
Hip-hop is an art-expression of people, not numbers on a social media platform which is the way it’s pimped and packaged today. Hip-hop, like everything else, is cyclical. Marginalized sub-genres like trap music have become heavily a part of mainstream rap, while everything else has been pushed into the margins. I do believe we’re in the midst of the next shift.
Check out Tia P’s latest interview with BHL’s Next below!
Catch Tia P on BET’s ‘The Next Big Thing’ airing Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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