Tia McGraff’s New Single, “Go Your Own Way”, Encourages Listeners to Follow The Beat of Their Own Drum.
Tired of photo-shopped magazines telling you who you should look like? Or social media pushing you to conform? If you are feeling pressure to be like everyone else or just want to be an ally for diversity, Tia McGraff’s new single, ‘Go Your Own Way’ will fill you with self-confidence. Offering up positive vibes and powerful lyrics, Tia’s uplifting message inspires everyone to be their authentic self. “Go Your Own Way” was written by Tia MGraff, Kevin Fisher and Tommy Parham. The song won the 2021 ‘Em Power Posi Award’ in the Social Justice category. Tia’s single is scheduled for release on Friday, June 24rth.
“Go your own way. Be who you are. Like a snowflake, time is here and gone. Your life’s a song. It’s yours alone. Don’t be afraid to go your own way.”
About Tia McGraff
Tia McGraff is a multi-talented, award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, author and podcast host from Southern Ontario, Canada. Along with her husband and co-writer Tommy Parham, the skilled songstress has been making impactful and thought-provoking art for well over a decade. Bringing together a burning passion for the art of music and an honesty that is long lost on today’s modern charts, Tia McGraff is a trailblazer in her genre, one’s whose efforts have made her a beloved figure on the international music scene.
Her accomplishments speak for themselves, having won the emPower Posi Music Award in 2021 for her latest single “Go Your Own Way,” a huge achievement for the talented artist. As if that weren’t enough, she’s also won awards for Americana CD of the Year, earned first-round nomination for the 2016 and 2018 Grammy Awards, was a 2019 multi-nominee for Kingdom Image Awards, and has even won the 2019 ISSA award for single of the year.
Tia’s 2018 album release of “Stubborn In My Blood” and the first single “Let ‘Em See You’re Strong” received rave reviews. It would lead to placement on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. It was so powerful that it was even adopted by woman’s empowerment groups, being embraced by communities all around the world.
With nine international CD releases and multiple film and TV placements over the years, her recorded catalog is certainly a proud accomplishment, but where Tia truly shines is in her live performances. Her love for performing has taken her all over North America and the United Kingdom, be it in huge concerts or personal, intimate venues.
Tia is also an accomplished children’s author, notably with her book, “Jake The Road Dawg.” Based on the life and adventures of her beloved pet, the book has inspired classrooms around the world, while supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Tia’s local Humane Society. The success of the book has led Tia to venture into the podcast realm with her popular show, “Jake’s Place Songs ‘n’ Tails.” Here, she discusses music, up and coming artists and her own
personal opinions on every day topics. It’s a great change of pace, and a fantastic way to connect with the artist on a more personal level.
Tia McGraff’s Website
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Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Doll Is Back For Good
One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Doll.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Doll is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.
At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.
She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.
Check out one her latest release “Barbie Gang” on YouTube:
Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?
Barbie Doll – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
Barbie Doll – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me.
Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?
Barbie Doll – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Barbie Doll – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.
Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?
Barbie Doll – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.
Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?
Barbie Doll – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
Barbie Doll – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Barbie Doll – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Barbie Doll – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.
Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?
Barbie Doll – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!
How can our readers follow you online?
Barbie Doll – You can find me on all social media platforms @BarbieDollOKC.
For more updates, you can follow me on Instagram – @BarbieDollOKC.
Long Neck Releases The Introspective “Soft Animal”
Introspection, self deprecation and sadness are the words of the day for our review of Long Neck’s latest full length album, “Soft Animal.” It’s the fourth album from the folk band, and it continues the bands signature style of down-to-earth folk music that also speaks out on darker themes.
Folk music is a breeding ground for discussion and commentary on deeper topics. The genre is predicated on its songwriting, with simpler arrangements and songs that are meant to mean something. This is something Lily Mastodimos and her band are more than aware of. To this end, “Soft Animal,” takes full advantage of this, sending a strong message on self worth.
The song “Ants,” for example opens with the lines “If I can’t put a pen to paper, what good am I.” It’s a shockingly common sentiment among people in the modern era, where self worth is tied to superficial ideas of what you’ve accomplished. It leaves many people feeling boxed in and depressed, and the songs address this. If anything, “Soft Animal,” is incredibly relatable for many people.
This sentiment is echoed by other songs like opening track “Evergreen,” where the singer bemoans her inaction and how she’s wasting precious time. But between it all, moments of levity are added in. In “Ants,” lines like “I need to get out of this room, I need the space to follow through,” show that sometimes all you need is a bit of room to breathe and explore yourself.
As with many folk albums, the songwriting is key to whether a folk album lands or not, and we’re happy to say that “Soft Animal,” is excellent in this regard. It makes fantastic use of its genre to provide a spectacle of storytelling. Every song contains musical choices that carry weight and make strong use of the limited sound of folk albums.
Singer Lily Mastrodimos’ also carries a lot of the album, with her voice carrying powerful emotional gravitas in every line. The emotion of every song comes through, from the tired and weary tones of “Gardener,” to the celebratory, joyful vibes of the title track “Soft Animal,” and even the angrier takes of “558,” which adds harsh synths to the mix.
“Soft Animal,” is a strong showing for Long Neck, with brilliant use of their medium to produce a lovely little album. Echoing our sentiment from earlier, “Soft Animal,” is painfully relatable, especially for anyone who’s ever been unsure of themselves. It touches on topics with care and understanding, and on top of that it just sounds great. We can’t wait for what the band comes up with next.
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