Singer-songwriter and author, Tia McGraff, shares the award with her longtime music partner/husband Tommy Parham and Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Kevin Fisher.
Presented by Florida-based Em POWER Music & Arts, the positive song awards (Posi) are given to artists who inspire to make the world a better place through their music.
The song, Go your Own Way, covers topics of bullying and LGBTQ. The lyrics send a message to listeners to be whoever they are.
“We just wanted to write a song that will change the world and talk about anti-bullying and not be afraid to speak out about everyone’s rights,” said McGraff. “This is huge for us.”
Over the years, McGraff and Parham have won numerous awards and travelled throughout the United Kingdom and North America. Along the way the music duo has earned a positive reputation from within the industry.
While known for bringing out positive inspirational messages through her songs, McGraff is also an accomplished children’s author with her debut Jake the Road Dawg, which tells the story of her own dog accompanying the duo on their many road adventures.
McGraff is currently writing a sequel to her book.
When the pandemic struck, the couple took the opportunity to establish and produce their own bi-weekly podcast called Jake’s Place: Songs’ Tails. The podcast features music and stories that spread the message of hope and encouragement.
The couple has also been performing concerts for fans virtually.
Alongside her virtual projects, McGraff will be releasing pre-recorded kid vids to schools. The 20-minute videos will feature topics of geography, history, literature and Indigenous learning for students.
McGraff says she and Parham have adapted well to the changes brought on by the pandemic with producing the podcast, performing virtual shows and writing their new album.
However, McGraff says COVID 19 has created changes and challenges within the music industry.
“The whole music industry is different than how it was two years ago and how we market and get our music out there, I thought, ‘how are we going to keep up with these changes that are happening every day?’”
McGraff is currently enrolled in an online course to help adapt to these new changes.
Like most people these days, the couple is spending time at home waiting out the pandemic.
“We just want to stay home, protect our families and our community and continue on the road that we’re on and get all of these projects done,” said McGraff. “We are writing new material, we have adapted well, we are not in any hurry to get back out there.”
McGraff says she’s taking one day at a time due to COVID-19’S unpredictable nature but hopes to start performing live concerts again during the summer of 2022.
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