It’s been over 30 years since the 80s pop star Tiffany rose to fame with a string of pop hits that catapulted her to the top of the charts.
Tiffany — full name Tiffany Darwish — was just 16 in 1987 when she scored back-to-back No. 1 singles: “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been.” Her self-titled debut album also topped the charts, selling over five million copies.
Now 49, Tiffany is still making music — and released her first original Christmas music on Friday. She wrote and recorded the original song “Angels” in her home studio in Nashville. The song was co-written by songwriters Margie Hauser and Mark Alberici.
According to Tiffany, the song is a “contemplative, sentimental, yet optimistic take on the feelings of loneliness and isolation in these trying times.” She tells PEOPLE that it emphasizes “the nostalgic feeling that Christmas brings and the joys of seeing family and loved ones during the holiday season.”
“The song is about hope and missing family,” she says. “In my 30+ year career I’ve never recorded an original Christmas song, but it just felt right. It’s raw and real and that’s what makes it special to me.”
2020 will be a quiet Christmas for Tiffany. “Right now it’s just me and my boyfriend,” she says. “We have no plans other than zooming in with family cooking a big meal, even just for the two of us.”
The singer continues: “I usually cook tamales on Christmas Eve because my son is part Mexican and I grew up in a Latin community, and we open a present. On Christmas morning I drink hot chocolate while I listen to carols and after I cook a big meal. .”
Tiffany, who used to be a Boutique in Nashville Area, says she’s a good gift-giver, but likes to be erratic with Christmas gifts. “I have a lifelong friend who hates fish, so I have this running gag where I gift him fish every year, from fish lamps and seafood dishes,” she says. “And my mom had a fetish that gave me fridge magnets and she wrapped them individually. I miss them now that she’s gone.”