From Kentucky, Tyra started singing with her Papaw when she was just four-years-old and now she can’t imagine doing anything else.
When did you realize you wanted to be a country singer?
Very early, when I was four. I actually used to sing more pop and Disney channel type music and I was even a Hannah Montana impersonator. I also was influenced by my papaw and his love of bluegrass. I sang "Rocky Top" about a million times, it was everyone’s favorite! I think when I watched Carrie Underwood win "American Idol" and become a successful country singer is when it sealed the deal.
Who is your favorite country artist?
Carrie Underwood, I love everything about her. Not only is she blessed with amazing talent she is a good kind person, she dresses amazing and I love to sing all her songs! Also, she is a prime example that you have to be persistent and brave enough to go for your dreams. I watched her "Behind the Music" and could not believe she never won any singing contests. She inspires me to work hard and just go for it! I also love Laura Bell Bundy and I aspire to be an artist like her and I aspire to be an artist like her and help the country dance music movement grow.
What is your favorite song to perform?
I love up-beat tempo songsones that I can sing with an attitude. I would say my favorite is my new original that I helped co-writemy second song ever called "High Heels Fool Ya" and it’s a song about myself. I think other country gals will be able to relate because it’s about being feminine. I hope you get to hear it soon! As far as covers go, I enjoy Grace Potter’s "Paris (Oh, La, La)." It’s just so much fun to sing!
What are your hobbies besides singing?
I love dance and I am on a competition dance team and I have been since the sixth grade. I take Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet and I also love Hip-Hop. Theatre is also a big part of my life and I have been cast in around 10 regional productions, most recently "Grease." I also like hanging out with my friends, going to movies and local sporting events and I am obsessed with fishing!
If you don't end up being a professional singer, what other job would you like to have?
I really can’t see myself doing anything else other than singing and performing. I am blessed. If I don’t "make it" I guess I will take over my dad’s car dealership empire.
What has been your biggest obstacle while chasing your singing dreams?
I would say my biggest obstacle is being away from my family. I stay on the road all the time with lessons, performances and such and then I have school. My free time is very limited, so I don’t get to spend a lot of time with my family.
What have you learned most from this experience?
When I started this adventure my mom and I said we were going to stay true to ourselves. The show brings many challenges and I think that the thing I learned most is no matter what comes your way or what obstacles that you face that you need to stay positive, kind, professional, focused, keep looking for the good in everything, and do it all with a smile on your face and in my mom's case, with lots of laughter.
About Tyra's Mom, Katrina
What’s your current occupation?
I am self-employed. I have car dealerships. I am a full time "momager."
What inspired you to help Tyra become involved in the music industry?
She started going with her papaw to Pickin n Grinnin, a local place where musicians meet one a week to play and sing, when she was four. I didn’t go, so I had no idea she was going and getting up and singing. When she was in Kindergarten she asked to be in the school talent show and I asked her what she wanted to do and she said sing. I said OK, still clueless. She got up in front of the entire student body Kindergarten through 12th grade (Tyra went to a small private school) and sang "You are My Sunshine" acapella, blew everyone away and won the talent show. Ever since then she has said when she grows up she wants to be a singer on a stage.
Do you sing or have ever wanted to be a singer?
Absolutely not. I can sing pretty well, in my mind, with the radio but that’s about it.
Does your family have a history with the music industry?
My husband’s brother, Tyra’s uncle, can play guitar and sing and his father played the harmonica and was very influential in the local bluegrass scene in the 70s.
Who is your favorite country singer?
I would have to say Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert because they both have great connections with their audience and they both seem real and genuine.
What do you think Tyra is learning most about while being involved in singing?
That life is not easy and if you want something bad enough you have to work hard and be persistent.
Would you call yourself a stage mom?
Yes and no. I would say yes because I do everything to have to do to get Tyra as prepared as I canI organize, curl, iron, pack, critique, gather, tape, glue, video, style, chauffeur, schedule, etc... However, I am not the pushy, demanding, do anything I have to do to get my child ahead type person.
What are your aspirations for Tyra?
I want Tyra to live her dream and be that star on the stage that I think she is. I just want her to be happy.