We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Goode and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have been a musician since I was 10 years old and it has always been my life’s purpose. Life started coming at me quickly and got off course for a while. I knew that in order to achieve my greatest reward and peace that I needed to get back to second true love, music. My one true love is my son. This is what made me leave Corporate America and start to follow my heart.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a female trumpet player that specializes in jazz fusion. I’ve been playing jazz since Middle School and met my first true mentor in High School. I attended Hampton University and received a Bachelors in Science in Music Engineering and Technology. I furthered my education at Clark Atlanta University where I received my MBA. I later got a Professional Certification in Composing Music for Film and Television from Berklee College of Music. I am currently 15 credit hours from getting a Masters in Ethnomusicology from Liberty University. So that’s my credentials.
My musical background is that I started gigging at 13 in Richmond, VA under the tutelage of my mentor, Tuscan Jasper. As a young musician in High School, I was most proud of winning the Count Basie Competition Best Soloist that took place at Hampton University. Winning best soloist gave me the opportunity to play with the Count Basie Orchestra for a performance. My exposure their helped me to secure a scholarship to Hampton. I had the opportunity to work for Teddy Riley while at Hampton and it was an honor to work with such a brilliant musician and producer. I moved to Atlanta in 2000 and took a job at Turner Broadcasting, while continuing to produce music. During this time, Goode Stuff Entertainment LLC was born and we specialized in Spoken Word and Music. We began putting on events throughout Atlanta.
I continued creating music and scored or had my music placed in several films including “Every Scar and Dimple,” “Joy Road,” “Break/Fast” and recently “Spring & 3rd.” I was a founding member of the all female reggae band “Sol Rizing.”
In 2015, after 15 years, Turner Broadcasting and I parted ways and I made a decision to go with my heart and atleast try to make a living doing what I love.
When COVID hit, I released my first solo project, “Today Was A Goode Day.” I was so nervous and almost didn’t release it. My brother and son were huge supporters of me putting it out. My fear was saying, “girl no.” So I knew that for me, success was tackling my fear no matter what happened with the album. So putting the album out made me successful off rip. Anything above that was icing on the cake. I learned an important lesson that day. I learned that fear is our own construct. That we create it and define it. That we allow it to limit us. my first album stayed at number 1 on Bandcamp for Atlanta Modern Jazz for a year and 3 months. It still goes back and forth between number 1 and number 2. It received great reviews and it also had a quite lengthy stint at number one for All Jazz and Jazz Fusion on Bandcamp I’m Atlanta. I later released my second project, “EnterGoodeLactic.”
In 2020, I had the honor of depicting Cynthia Robinson co-founder and composer for “Sly and the Family Stone” on the second season of BET’s “American Soul.” This was a huge honor to play a woman who helped to blaze the trail for me and other women trumpet players.
In 2021, I signed an independent contract with Mint 400 Records. I am currently working on my next project that is due to be released early 2022.
Since my releases I’ve had the opportunity to play for Common, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Afua, Lauren Von Der Pool, Solé, Professor Griff and a host of others. I have collaborated with several musicians. In 2021, after getting several requests to play gigs, I put together my first band, “The Goode Stuff Experience.” (TGSE) We endeavor to create a carefully constructed, unique and immersive experience that allows you to leave feeling inspired and lighter than you came. We have had the opportunity to cultivate a monthly experience at the Sanctuary Art Asylum in Kirkwood every third Saturday. TGSE is the house band and we perform two sets. We have featured guests, an open mic and welcome musicians to join in with us.
While watching a movie as the backdrop of the evening to set the mood. We were also blessed to play at the 2021 “Reggae in the Park,” with such artists as Grammy Nominated Mumu Fresh and legendary reggae artist Junior Reid. Reggae in the Park boasts an audience of over 25 thousand audience members. You can contact us through Thegoodestuffexperience@gmail.com or through IG @thegoodestuffexperience.
I’m also blessed to play with Orchestra Noir, Atlanta’s African-American Orchestra led by Maestro Jason Ikeem Rogers. It has been an incredible experience. We have recently partnered with Red Bull and performed our 90’s Show at the Center Stage in Atlanta for a sold out crowd. The show is now about to go on the road.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m really a home body in Atlanta except for music. I’d take them to Tassilis Raw Reality for a delicious healthy meal, The “G” Spot which is my event at the Sanctuary so they can hear some good music. I love the Botanical Garden. We could walk the belt line and experience all kinds of culture, food and music.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my Shoutout to my son, my brother and my mother for always encouraging me to follow my heart and supporting me in my endeavors.
Kim Salaam Joshua Goode