Katy Tiz on Debut Album Aims: 'I Want to Be Known As a Vocalist'

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Katy Tiz attends Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series With Katy Tiz on July 16, 2014 in New York City. 

"The Big Bang" singer hit New York for a Q&A with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and an acoustic live performance

Aside from a Miley Cyrus-starring music video and being the theme song to VH1's "Mob Wives," Rock Mafia's uber-catchy "The Big Bang" got a second life when British pop singer Katy Tiz lent her soulful, powerhouse vocals to the track.

With the rising pop star's debut album on the horizon, Tiz swung by New York to talk with Billboard's Andrew Hampp as part of the Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series. While spinning tracks from Lauryn Hill to Justin Timberlake, Tiz explained how she goes about composing lyrics for her studio debut.

"I take a lot of time on lyrics. I want people to be like, 'I get it, I feel that,'" Tiz told Hampp. "I don’t sing about Bugattis because I don't have one… right now."

Tiz said her debut will be "essentially pop music" with "two killer ballads" that showcase her vocal chops. "I've become more comfortable vocally," Tiz said. "I want to show off my voice and be known as a vocalist."

When Tiz took the mic for an acoustic performance of "The Big Bang" and her own soulful, saucy "I Don't Give A," she demonstrated an impressive control over her full-bodied voice. Watching her live, it was obvious she knew when to hold back and when to let it belt out -- think P!nk with shades of Miley Cyrus in ballad mode.

For the future, Tiz is aiming high in the music biz, but for now, she's still a fan. The British singer talked about being too nervous to ask for a selfie with J.Lo at a recent event and her reaction to seeing Justin Timberlake in concert for the first time.

"I totally fangirled," Tiz admitted. "You have no idea. He came right near me, and I'm pretty sure he looked right at me while singing. I was screaming. He could have been singing the 'Macarena,' but I didn't care."


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