Martini Rox: Tatiana Owens sees her dreams come trueWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By the end of this article you are going to feel like you were the last to know about Tatiana Owens. At least that is how I felt when I first heard about the 20 year-old star born and raised in Toledo, now residing in New York City.
Owens started chasing her dreams earlier than most after discovering her talent while singing in church. By the time she entered the Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) in the seventh grade, there was no doubt in her or anyone else’s mind that she was destined for stardom. Enormous support from her parents has been instrumental in the success she has already achieved, in both songwriting and recording music played on television. Owens’ popular songs “Pendulum” (from the VH1 show “Love & Hip Hop”) and “Hazy,” have gained her the right attention and fans worldwide.
Support from family and friends while still in elementary school helped launch her career with opportunities to sing, “The Star-Spangled Banner” at her father’s military events and her mother encouraging her to do the same at Mud Hens and Storm games. Working with local talent agency, Starbound NYC, was part of Tatiana’s preparation for success. The agency provided connections that have been useful since she graduated high school and moved to New York City.
When I first heard Owens’ voice, I was immediately impressed by the tone, clarity, quality and accuracy of her singing. Owens possesses the talent to be as big as Christina, Mariah, Beyoncé or Whitney while maintaining an original sound. Her pop/R&B resume is impressive boasting musical features on networks such as MTV, VH1, Lifetime and Sundance, to name a few. Owens has also worked as a co-writer with some of the most popular songwriters in the business, a few of whom have written for the likes of Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson and Nicki Minaj.
Currently signed with New York based independent label TC Music (TCM), Toledo’s native daughter shows us what the benefits of early preparation in Toledo look like.
Martini Rox: You started working on your career early. How did your education at TSA impact your music/entertainment career?
Tatiana Owens: I was involved in quite a few things. I graduated with a double major in music and dance. I did theater as well while I was there and I think theater was one of the major things that helped contribute to what my job is today and what I do now. Also, songwriting, I took creative writing classes while I was there at TSA and those songwriting courses that we took throughout the creative writing process really helped me, especially to advance my career today. I learned techniques in writing that help me today.
Rox: What tools of your trade were instrumental in moving your career forward while living in Toledo?
Owens: I did a lot of theater. I was in musical theater, I went back and forth to New York for auditions and
I think auditioning is the No. 1 thing that can make you or break you because a lot of times that’s how you get your big break. Sometimes it’s a win or lose situation, you get some things and you don’t get other things. I happened to meet up with my manager (in New York) and I sang at this club and he was there along with a couple other agents and management companies and he immediately fell in love with me. (He) got on the phone with his wife and said “This girl is amazing” and from then on I started going (back and forth) to recording sessions. I think that’s what helped start my career because I was getting into artist development and not rushing into it right away. I was able to do artist development and stay in school and Toledo School for the Arts was great for that, they’re trying to advance your career.
I have a feeling we are going to continue to hear more from this consistent performer, songwriter and recorder, one of the most talented individuals to come out of Toledo. Stay tuned as Owens is poised and ready to make us all proud.
Her music is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and Rhapsody.
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