Tiffany Lee, better known by her stage name, Plumb, is one of the few artists who appeals to fans of Christian contemporary music, alternative rock and electronica alike. Her record sales are evidence of it — since she began recording in 1999, she has sold half a million albums and over 2,000,000 singles.
Tiffany released her latest album, Exhale, earlier this year. And in addition to touring, she and her husband, Jeremy, speak about the near-loss of their marriage, which is further detailed in her book Need You Now. Tiffany and Jeremy recently appeared on The Boundless Show and talked with Lisa Anderson. And in this follow-up interview, we ask questions about things like whether she’s uneasy airing her dirty laundry, how to avoid idealizing marriage, and whether she feels pressure to appeal to Christian and non-Christian audience members.
1. I listened to your interview on The Boundless Show the other day and was struck by how open you and your husband Jeremy are about your separation and the issues that led to it. How do you deal with the moments when you feel overexposed by all you’ve shared?
Actually, I don’t feel that way. I feel honored to share a story of hope.
2. That’s good. So I’m not asking for any specifics, but did it make any friends or family members uncomfortable for you to tell your story so vulnerably? How did you work through that?
I don’t think so. Not that I know of, at least. They, too, celebrate the redemption and see the responsibility and privilege in sharing it.
3. In your interview, you also talked about how idealizing the way you should feel about motherhood set you up for a lot of disappointment in yourself. What would you say to women who are doing the same as they idealize marriage and/or having kids?
You are unique to your story in marriage and/or parenting. You must be faithful to that story by being brutally honest with yourself. It is also key to have a healthy community in your life that will speak truth to you. And you must be willing to heed their caution or advice while still remaining true to the story you were created to tell with your own life. Well-intended friends and family might not be as in tune with how that story is to be told as others. Be careful what voices you listen to.
4. Changing gears — you’re one of the few singers who seamlessly makes the transition between Christian and non-Christian audiences. How much have you felt the pressure over the years to be palatable to both crowds?
Whatever pressure I’ve felt has been self-induced, and that’s not how I feel any longer. It’s now to be faithful to the story I get to tell, and to do that, I cannot apologize for my faith by tiptoeing around trying to appease everyone. So my latest record might not stretch as far between these audiences — and that’s OK.
5. When I go to YouTube to listen to an artist I like, almost all of the videos are basically bootlegged lyric videos that weren’t produced by the artist. As an artist, would you prefer that your fans not watch these videos?
I don’t really care. Sometimes it allows for a rawness to be seen, but unprofessional work is usually easily detectable to the viewer and not attributed to the artist, so I don’t worry about it too much.