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by Blaire Briody


Thirteen-year-old Tiffany Giardina, from Waccabuc, Westchester, just signed with 785 Records, has been a featured artist on Radio Disney with her song, Dream Away, which is also on iTunes, and  has recorded a Christmas album, We’ve Got Christmas. She talks about the stage, her age, and why she compares herself to Hillary Duff.

When did you realize you wanted to be a singer?
Well, since I was 5. That’s when I did my first local theater performance. Then I moved into professional theater.  

Why singing now instead of theater?
Well, theater was kind of like singing and acting, and I did a lot of commercials, too, and I had a single, Sure Don’t Feel Like Christmas. That got on the air and it inspired me to do a whole Christmas album because Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Has anyone recognized you on the street?
Well, in Westchester, everyone already knows me. But in my school, people never knew I sang because I kind of keep it quiet and I don’t really like to talk about it. But then I sang at my birthday party and they’re like, “Whoa, she can sing!”

What is it about singing that you love?
I love being on stage. That’s why I love theater so much because I can act and sing, and perform for people. I like to entertain.

Do you ever get nervous in front on an audience?
If it’s a really big audience, I might get just a little nervous, but once I open my mouth, I just take over and it just goes away.

How would you describe your singing style?
I think I’m a lot like Hilary Duff. People say I sound like her. She’s one of my role models and she really inspires me because she can sing and act and that’s what I want to do.

You have two sisters. Do they like to sing?
Yeah, I have two younger sisters, Sofia, 8, and Brook, 5. My little sister, Brook, says she’s going to make five albums when she’s older!

How many do you want to make?

What’s your ultimate goal? Your dream of dreams?

To try to make a difference in the world and to help kids. When I was little, my parents would always go to charity events, and then I started doing it. I’m donating all my birthday presents to the kids at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC.

What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC?
See Broadway shows. I loved Cats! That was my favorite.

How about in Westchester?
Just regular things, like go to the movies, see friends, go to the mall, go shopping.

What other teen activities do you like?
I like to play tennis, I love fashion, modeling, and doing photo shoots. That’s one of my favorite things to do.
Do you have a boyfriend?

Do you want one, or are boys still gross?
No, they’re not gross!

Do you have a curfew?
Well, because of my career, I guess there are some exceptions.

So, do you like being 13 years old?
Yeah, I like being a kid. I like to have fun and do kid stuff. Even when I grow up, I think I’ll still be a kid.

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