Tipton “Tippy” Balady

USC Thornton School of Music Scholarship Award, 2024

Tippy Balady is a 3 minute storyteller. Whether it be a song about pirates, fairies, scuba diving, etc.,: no subject is off limits for this songwriter and no adventure is too outlandish. Tippy hails from Dallas, Texas, where she attended high school at Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts (Norah Jones, Erykah Badu and Edie Brickell), attributing her time spent with fellow incredibly individualistic and artistic classmates as well as professors like Nathan Myers to being key players in her becoming the artist she is today. Tippy is motivated by music’s innate ability to connect people both physically and emotionally together. She strives to create songs that function as a diary for the public eye, building worlds through instruments and capturing snapshots of her own life through verse and chorus. By incorporating bits of fantastical whimsy in her writing, intertwined with a deep earnestness throughout her songs, she provides an escapist yet grounding presence that can be listened to time and time again. Coming off from her first tour this past March, Tippy Balady will be graduating from University of Southern California this Spring with a BA in Popular music and already has plans to drop her debut EP, “Taming of a Wendy Bird” in fall of 2024.