Tiffany Kathryn Giardina Like most 18-year-olds, Waccabuc resident Tiffany Giardina is busy prepping for the SAT. But, unlike most of her peers, she is also writing and producing songs and music videos and touring the country, opening for the likes of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The oldest of three sisters, Giardina doesn’t come from a show-biz family: her dad is an insurance broker; her mom, a homemaker. “I’ve always loved putting on a show,” she says. “At family gatherings, I would take my cousins and sisters aside and we would plan out a show and then perform for our parents.”
When she was just five years old, Giardina played Molly in Annie at the Yorktown Stage; at nine, she played Marta in The Sound of Music with the Paper Mill Playhouse Off-Broadway. She released her first Christmas album, We’ve Got Christmas, in 2005 and performed her single, “Sure Don’t Feel Like Christmas,” on Fox News in 2006. In between, she appeared in TV commercials for Cheerios and Major League Baseball, some of which are still airing.
Representing Mattel Worldwide
Now, she’s hoping for a much bigger audience as she makes the transition from teen to mainstream artist, using Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, and Lady Gaga as role models. “I’m at a turning point in my career now, working on a variety of different projects,” Giardina says. One of those is working with Mattel on a new animated film, The Princess and the Pop Star. “I’m the voice of Keira, the pop star,” she says. “It’s one of the most fun projects I’ve ever worked on—they sync the animation to my facial and body movements, so the character really looks like me.” Along with a new princess Barbie, Mattel will be issuing a talking Keira doll in Giardina’s likeness. (“When you push a button on the two dolls at the same time, our voices harmonize!”) The movie is slated for release this summer.
Works on Music Everyday
Tiffany works on her music every day, either writing some lines or a melody on her piano. When she is watching a movie, she often gets inspiration and writes about that. She wrote one song, “Casualties of Love,” with the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games in mind.
What are her plans for the future? “My next album will be an extension of what I’m doing now, but with new music, a new sound. I hope my songs will be on Top Forty music stations, but I love being on stage best. Offstage, I’m very shy, but I become a different person when I perform—sometimes I don’t even remember the performance!”
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