Touring in support of her Lips on Lips EP and new singles “Magnetic Moon” and “Run for Your Life,” Tiffany Young brought her Magnetic Moon Tour to Trees in Dallas for an intimate, powerhouse performance.
For those who aren’t familiar with Tiffany Young, the singer got her start as a member of K-Pop sensation Girls’ Generation (also known as SNSD) at the age of 15. In 2017 — after a decade with the hugely successful act, Tiffany announced she was leaving the band’s record label to move back to America and work on the next step in her solo career. While still technically a member of Girls’ Generation, the group has remained dormant for quite some time.
Tiffany’s been busy, however. Really busy. She’s taken the last few years to hone her live vocals and her songwriting, releasing the phenomenal Lips on Lips EP in early 2019. She went on a mini-showcase tour earlier this year as well, but the Magnetic Moon tour marks her first full-length, large-scale solo American tour and she couldn’t have been more prepared.
For a little over 90 minutes, Tiffany ran through most of the Lips on Lips EP, several tracks from her first solo EP I Just Wanna Dance and a series of covers she performed as a tribute to those who have inspired her in her life and career. As one of the smallest venues on the tour, Trees provided a level of intimacy that most pop fans never get to experience and Tiffany seemed to love the closeness and size of the room.
The audience was filled with pink light sticks, waved in unison and pumped to the beat of every song — a staple of any K-Pop or K-pop adjacent show. Tiffany certainly didn’t shy away from her Girls’ Generation past, frequently thanking the fans that have been with her for the long haul and thanking her sisters in the group for inspiring her to get started on her solo career. She even performed “Run Devil Run” from the band’s 2010 Korean album of the same name, causing a wave of nostalgia to wash over the audience.
On the covers side of things, Tiffany performed everything from a dance remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Woman” to a gorgeous take on Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”. She also sang a pair of Korean classics — Lee Hyori’s “Invincible” and Uhm Jung-hwa’s “Invitation”.
Throughout the evening Tiffany spoke at length with the audience about her life, and specifically about some mental health struggles she’s been going through. It was a tender moment that showed a personal side fans don’t frequently get with pop stars, helping her connect with them on an even deeper level. It’s helpful to have pop stars talk about this, especially when the primary audience is young people who are still struggling to find their place in life.
The Lips on Lips tracks were the highlight of the night for me – a one-two punch of “Runaway” and “The Flower” late in the show allowed Tiffany to take a breather and focus on her vocals, and both songs sounded fantastic. The hyper-sexy “Over My Skin” was one of my favorite moments of the night, a funk-laden number that got everyone in the audience dancing (or at least bopping along).
Tiffany’s latest single “Run for Your Life” received such a strong reaction upon release that it was performed twice during the evening, serving as both the opening and closing track of the show. It’s an absolute smash of a song — a dark, robotic track that features a different, more robotic produced vocal than anything Tiffany else has released so far.
It’s exciting to see Tiffany performing as a solo artist in America. While she may have come with a built-in fanbase from her Girls’ Generation days, her new music has allowed her to branch out to a wider audience and she’s really putting in the work at the ground level to work towards her continued success. While this tour is just about to wrap up, I’m excited to see what she has coming down the line and suggest keeping tabs on her if you have even an inkling of love for pop music.
Tiffany Young – Magnetic Moon Dallas Setlist:
Run for Your Life
Over My Skin
I Just Wanna Dance
Run Devil Run
Lips on Lips
In My Blood/Born Again
Run for Your Life [Reprise]
All photos by Steven Anthony.
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