The Brooklyn born, Harlem raised Tiphony Dames began dancing and singing at an early age. She sang in church and danced at The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA). Her first singing performance was at the famed Apollo Theater with her elementary school’s Glee Club. Her father helped groom her musical tastes by having her listen to music by The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and many others. He even took her to her first concert at 8 to see Smokey Robinson and Patti Labelle.
Even while dancing (ballet, ballroom, and even swing) music was always a large part of her life. Tiphony sang in the choir in high school and was even accepted to Girls Choir of Harlem. When an opportunity presented, she moved to upstate NY to attend a private high school that led her to get a scholarship to attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
After an injury brought her dreams of a dance career to an end, her full focus turned back to music. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where Robin Barrett first saw and heard her perform and the rest, as they say, is history. She began doing festivals and events with Coyote Kings in the summer of 2015. Since then, her overwhelmingly infectious energy has been helping Coyote Kings wow audiences show after show.
In February of 2016, Tiphony released her Self-Titled Debut Album Tiphony Dames (feat. Coyote Kings). Tiphony’s singing with Coyote Kings has allowed her to win multiple awards from The Inland Empire Blues Society (2016, 2017, 2018 Best Female Blues Performer, and 2018 Best Female Blues Vocalist) and she’s also been nominated for Best Female Vocalist in 2017 and 2018 with Washington Blues Society.
In March of 2019, Robin Barrett and Tiphony teamed up again to release Rocket which is currently blasting off into the stratosphere!