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Conversations with Tiana Dean

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiana Dean. 

Tiana, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started recording covers to artist songs back in 2015. I didn’t like how I personally sounded singing other artist work, so I decided to create an original piece to a beat I found off of YouTube! My first song I made was called “Dance with me” and I remember sharing it with my friends and they were so shocked at how good the song was, so I submitted it to the 513 Heat back when you had to vote for your song to be picked and my song got chosen as the 513 Heat for that time. That was a huge eye opener and what really got me started in taking the music business seriously. It was something that I did in my spare time that became something I wanted to do as a career! Over the years I learned so much, observed so many different artist, and was able to finally start putting the pieces together for myself. This year I decided to take a huge step and rebrand my name from Princess Tiana to Tiana Dean and change my image and it’s been very promising so far! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being an independent artist in the music business was not as easy as I thought it was. With me being independent I’m not able to just be the artist so it mentally, emotionally, and physically drained a lot out of me because I didn’t know what to expect. Something that was so much fun to me became so overwhelming and so much work. The time and money that I was putting into my music was taking away from my family, I actually found myself wanting to quit and give up! The most struggling part of it was building a team that had faith in me and trusted the process and was okay with getting paid on the back end. I wanted to work with the best, but the best don’t work for free and it was very discouraging at first to not be able to get what I wanted because of my budget. It was definitely a reality check and it made me get my priorities in order before I could move forward at a comfortable pace. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am Currently an independent pop/rnb artist but my passion is writing! I started off writing songs that I made up to beats in my head back when I was like 10 or 11, it’s literally been that long I don’t even remember when I started because it was always something that I did! I am a vocalist as well but I personally don’t think singing is my strongest suit. My strongest suit to me is my ear! I pick really good production when it comes to beats and it’s almost like I can hear what the producer intended the song to be even when it comes to picking the concept, it’s almost like I’m in their head as I’m writing to it. What sets me apart is that I don’t want to be the face of my brand. I strive to be in the background and I don’t need the fame or exceptions that comes with this business. I’m very genuine with who I create with and I do it with love not the idea that I’m going to make money. I truly believe music runs through my veins and it’s in my blood and I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without it! Also, I’ve been told my voice is very unique, now I’m not sure if that’s in a good way or bad way but I’ll take it lol 

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe in blessings and Lessons and I have had a lot of each. I believe everything happens for a reason and the most high always knows what he’s doing. If it gets to the point where I feel my world Is falling apart, I put my trust and faith in him that it’s all for a reason and that he needed to make me uncomfortable so I could move forward! People have always told me I was lucky but I respond back and say no, I’m blessed and so are you! 

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