Tiffany was born in Norwalk, California in 1971, to parents James Robert Darwish (of Syrian descent) and Janie Wilson (of mostly Syrian and some distant Cherokee descent). Her parents divorced when she was very young.
Tiffany began singing around 1975, when she was four years old, and learned the words to the song "Delta Dawn."  Early singing career
In 1981, Tiffany debuted as a singer with country music singer Jack Reeves at a country and western spot called Narods in Chino, California. She passed a hat along the crowd afterward, and collected $235 in what would be her first career earnings.
Tiffany was singing at a Los Angeles club named El Palomino when she was discovered by Hoyt Axton and his mother Mae Axton. Mae took her to sing in Nashville, Tennessee, where she performed at the Ralph Emery Show, singing Juice Newton's "Queen of Hearts" and Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad".
In 1982, Tiffany toured several cities in Alaska. Also that year, she performed on the same bill as Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones. At that time, she was managed by George Tobin. In 1983, Ronald Kent Surut became her manager.