80s Icon Tiffany Returns To The Mall To Sing — And Take The Klondike Celebrity Challenge

 

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It’s the age-old question. What would you do for a Klondike bar? For singer/songwriter Tiffany, it meant going back to her musical roots—literally. We spoke exclusively with the 80s icon about Klondike, making dreams come to light, and why a piñata makes any party.

Tiffany, I have to say that the 12-year-old in me is geeking out right now. Let’s talk about what you’ve been up to?

[laughs] Well, I’m running around right now because I’m having a birthday party for my son, Elijah, tomorrow. He’s going to be 21 and I’m doing something he wouldn’t expect. He doesn’t like parties. So for his 21st, I’m doing piñatas everywhere and a mariachi band. It’s going to be fun and festive and over the top.

My son is the same way. He didn’t want a party for his 13th birthday so we took him racing and he loved it. 

You have to push boys a little. We’re going to have a DJ. It’s going to be quite a ride. This is my only chance to regress a little and be a kid. I’m looking forward to whacking the piñata.

A piñata makes any party. 

I think so too!

So I grew up listening to your music. The fact that Tiffany has a 21-year-old blows my mind!

I know! It’s such mixed emotions because I’m still a kid at heart, doing what I love to do. I’m still growing as an artist. I started off in the malls with “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and I’ve always had something in mind that I wanted to accomplish. I look back and think that I started when I was 14. I’ve been doing this for a long time.

It’s so great that you get to do something you love for so long.

I am so grateful. My fans are awesome and have ridden this journey with me. From different styles of music to becoming a mom, to doing sci-fi movies, they’ve been with me every step of the way.

How did you get involved with the Klondike Celebrity Challenge?

It’s been awesome. Doing the commercials for Klondike was so much fun and Joe McHale was great; he’s very funny. I love that the fans were involved and got to pick the challenge. Mine was to sing in a mall.

Which was sooo awesome!

I know! Singing in a mall at 14-16 years old as opposed to singing all these years later, and to bust out “I Think We’re Alone Now” was funny! Everyone who they chose to do these celebrity challenges like Roddy Piper and Alfonso Ribeiro, we get it. We were ready to poke fun of ourselves and show that we’re also lighthearted.

 

When I was in middle school, there was a candy store on the way home and I would eat a Klondike every day on the walk home. So yummy, but in retrospect, so unhealthy.

You know, I would do that every day if I didn’t think something serious was going to happen in the waistline! [laughs] When I’m at the grocery store, I do cheat on my diet a little and eat one. Klondikes were also on my tour rider when I was 16. Then no one would notice if I ate them, but now I have to do an extra hour in the gym. It’s such a yummy treat. And it was fun to throw a challenge back at the fan, John C. He had to sing with me and bring it! He was a great sport, and it was very tongue in cheek about what we would do for a Klondike bar.

Let’s talk about some of your other projects. 

I have my own clothing line. I hand-bead which is something I love to do. I am taking that to the jean jackets; there will be a vintage theme and also an 80s theme. There is also nice and sedate pieces but with a little something something going on! And then I’m going to be doing my own line of dresses. In fact the dress I wore for the Klondike challenge is one of my own—a lot of people are ordering that dress! We’ve called it “The Klondiker!” [laughs] I’m a big tie dye fan and I love bohemian style so it will be a combination of that. I’m really excited about moving forward with projects that have been a passion of mine and make them come to the light.

What are you up to musically?

This fall and winter I’ll be recording my ballad album. I’ve been writing songs on the road here and there. I’ll go into the studio this winter. It’s the perfect time in Nashville; it’s cold and people are staying inside so it’s best to be in the studio at that time, especially for a ballad album.

How do you balance it all, being a hands-on mom and doing all your projects?

Being a parent is most important to me. He’s my heart, so he always comes first. But I have obligations, too, so it can be a challenge. When he was younger, I would take Elijah on the road with me. He experienced different cultures and learned how big and yet how small the world is. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants person. I have a plan for the day, but I adapt to things coming from a different angle. My husband and family help me, too. With the help of a small village, it all gets done!

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