Tiffany Bynoe’s Career Summed Up in One Phrase: It’s Not Over Until God Says It’s Good.
Updated: Apr 15, 2021
Proving to be more than a chip off the old block, Tiffany Bynoe, is walking a path to destiny with her music.
Groomed by the best in the business from a young age, Tiffany took guidance from pioneering crooner, Howard Hewett, and her grandmother, who was nicknamed The Lady with The Golden voice.
Even though Tiffany grew up surrounded by pioneers, she blazed a trail with hard work, to get her where she is today in the music industry.
“Seeing my uncle on stage, and seeing folks like Stephanie Mills, Anita Baker, and people like that, it was just overwhelming," she shared.
"There were three things that I said I wanted to do when I was a little girl. I wanted to win the Apollo Theater, I wanted to do Soul Train, and I wanted to win a Grammy.”
Tiffany is a native of Akron, Ohio, who went to Los Angeles and performed with R&B group, Shalamar. She left from there and traveled to New York where she performed at The Apollo Theater just as she manifested.
Tiffany won at the Apollo three times. “They offered me a record deal,” she exclaimed. “My mom wanted me to finish school. Two weeks after I graduated high school, I left and moved to New York, because I knew that was the place for me. New York was so welcoming, even when I did the Apollo Theater.”
Tiffany didn’t rub the lucky log before leaving the Apollo, the magical wood, that granted everyone super powers before they hit the stage to perform.
The songstress didn’t need that luck, and she inked a deal with Tantalum Records, which allowed her to record a single called "Give Him a Love He Can Feel." That single landed at #3 on the Billboard top 100 under her stage name, Tene Williams… “That song took me all around,” she says. “I traveled with SWV, JADE, H-Town, Big Daddy Kane, and the New Jack Swing. I did that and I ended up getting pregnant with my daughter.”
Tiffany’s daughter was born with a rare heart condition, that affected three kids total out of the entire U.S. Tiffany shifted gears from music, to focus primarily on her daughter. “That really put a pause on my career because I didn’t breathe life, so it wasn’t about my life anymore. It was about her life being whole, and nothing missing, and nothing broken in her world.”
Tiffany stood on the word of God, that He could save her daughter, who had multiple surgeries in that timeframe.
“Even with everything stripped from me, I knew the decision that I made to pause my career was so worth it because I remember at my daughters last surgery, when they gave her the oral anesthesia, she said, “I’m not scared, Mom.”
She said, “Don’t you want to know why?” I said, “Yeah, Gabby (Gabrielle), tell me why.” She says, “I know God is with me.”
‘When my nine-year-old said that to me, I knew that it was all worth it, and that God would redeem everything that he had promised me, and it would be okay.”
That experience served Tiffany the most throughout her musical journey, where her daughter overcame by the grace of God. Her daughter is now in her twenties and living her best life.
Tiffany took a hiatus for as long as she deemed necessary, for her daughter to heal and grow. She appeared as a guest vocalist on a few gospel records. She founded a nonprofit called Gabby's Heart, an advocate for families dealing with children's heart conditions.
Tiffany released a project in 2011, "Your Love Completes Me," with "Blessed by the Best" in 2013, and "Seasons."
Now, she’s back in the studio with angelic perspective… “I always say that God used her heart, to heal my heart. That experience allowed me to evolve and know so much more about myself than just stopping at that one place. It’s interesting. I finished a book," she shared. "My book is titled “Ugly Duckling, No More. It really deals with the matters of the heart, and not the outward [appearance] when we’re talking about ugly, but when we’re talking about the issues of the heart.”
The songstress said that "Ugly Duckling, No More," is inspired by her upbringing where she had low self-esteem, extreme eczema, and acne.
Because of her musical family, Tiffany met models and other influencers, beautiful women from around the world. They intimidated her with their flawless and glowing skin…
“I’m looking at this and that, and I’m not seeing myself,” she admitted. “It wasn’t until my mom took me to watch the Wiz, and when I saw Diana Ross, I saw myself, because I’ve always been this thin framed woman or girl, and I’ve always been this soft-spoken person. To see someone like her, onstage, it made me see that I could do it too. She was the first one that, as far as the arts and acting, that just really captivated my heart in a way that just spoke so much to me. It gave me so much courage, to know that the things I was seeing, that I could do it.”