She comes from arguably one of the most famous families in music in recent history, so it seems only natural that Tanay Jackson would forge her own musical path.
The only daughter of Tito Jackson and the niece of megastar Michael Jackson, Tanay launched her first single “Honey” in early 2012 to critical applause.
And the accompanying music video, which showcased her quick, powerful and energetic dance routines, drew inevitable comparisons to another famous member of her family — aunt Janet.
Reviewers gushed: “She looks incredible onstage…a great performer.”
And another wrote: “Tanay obviously takes after her Aunt Janet.”
Focusing on the pop music genre, the singer and songwriter is currently in New York recording her debut album, and here she opens up about uncle Michael, whether the Jackson name is more of a hindrance than a help, and the best advice that has been passed on to her as she navigates her way into the spotlight.
CelebZter: When did you develop a love for music?
Tanay: Since the age of 3 I always knew I loved music and when my music teacher recognized that I had a talent for it in the fourth grade is when I began to start actually performing.
CelebZter: Do you think your famous family was instrumental in this?
Tanay: I would like to think they weren’t, but I’m sure having known talents through out your lineage plays a big role in your appreciation of something.
CelebZter: Can you describe your sound to our readers?
Tanay: It’s pop music pure and simple that makes you want to dance and sing along. Over time I may experiment with another genre because I have been told I have a soulful voice by some producers and might be a great next step for me.
CelebZter: And what can we expect from your first album?
Tanay: Music with meaningful lyrics, contagious dance beats and fierce vocals. I want my debut album to really show the world what goes on in my heart and my mind.
CelebZter: Do you think it is harder or easier for you to break into the music business because of your family?
Tanay: It’s harder. People expect so much from me
CelebZter: And is there more pressure on you to be seen as an artist in your own right?
Tanay: No. It’s easy. what’s hard for the public to see me as an artist in my own right. They will, it will take some time though
CelebZter: You know your uncle Michael in a way we will never, how would you describe him?
Tanay: He was playful, loving, smart, extraordinarily talented and determined in everything he did.
CelebZter: How do you stay grounded given your family background?
Tanay: I have a different mind-set than some of the people on my dad’s side of the family.
CelebZter: Do you speak to Michael’s children often?
Tanay: They seem to be together, considering the tragedy. I haven’t really spoken with them in a while but I know they are doing well for themselves recently and have other family members to lean on assist them along their way.
CelebZter: Which musical star do you look up to?
Tanay: Prince! I think he is fabulous in everything he does.
CeleZbter: What inspires you?
Tanay: My environment sounds that I hear both recording and just in everyday life and the people around me. The people I let in my life are important because I believe in only surrounding yourself with positivity and those who believe in you.
CelebZter: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Tanay: Only you control your destiny, so don’t rely on an unknown entity, luck or hope to get you where you want to go. This advice continually reminds me that only I solely hold the responsibility of my future on my shoulders.