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Best known for her hit rendition of the song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and her 1987 shopping mall concert tour; singer, songwriter and actress Tiffany will perform at the Texan Theater in Greenville this Sunday.

Best known for her hit rendition of the song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and her 1987 shopping mall concert tour; singer, songwriter and actress Tiffany will perform at the Texan Theater in Greenville this Sunday.

Over the 32 years since the release of her first album, the former teen icon went on to record another nine studio albums, each experimenting with different flavors of pop, alternative rock and country, and is currently five songs into recording her 11th album.

Her most recent album, “Pieces of Me,” has an eclectic rock vibe to it, with traces of moody, Bob Seeger-like tones in spots and raw, grunge-inspired grooves in others.

“I really like how we honed in on the rock and retro vibes for ‘Pieces of Me,’” Tiffany told the Herald-Banner. “There are parts that sound a little like The Cars and places that remind me of the Foo Fighters, and we included some ballads too.

“I’m excited about it, because I wanted to show more of my rock side with it.”

While Tiffany has stayed busy over the last three decades, she is still best known for her version of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” a song that was originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967.

Despite gaining a high level of fame and recognition at the age of 16, Tiffany says the experience wasn’t entirely overwhelming.

“I just didn’t know any different, because I had been singing and doing showbiz pretty much my whole life up to that point,” she said. “I’m still in awe of it and grateful for it, and I’m glad to still be performing, recording and writing.

“Thirty years later, and I’m still in awe.”

Another thing the artist is often remembered for is performing at shopping malls to promote her debut album, “Tiffany,” when it was released in 1987.

On a humorous note, the continued popularity of the pop hit has led to some amusing moments over the years as Tiffany and her friends have been shopping at a mall when “I Think We’re Alone Now” has started playing over the sound system.

“We’ll laugh and I’ll look around and say, ‘Who’s that?’” Tiffany said.

She even took Weird Al Yankovic’s parody version of the song, “I Think I’m a Clone Now” in stride.

“I was flattered,” Tiffany said. “I thought it was wonderful. I met Weird Al a couple of time and he’s such a nice guy.”

On top of her music career, Tiffany has also pursued acting. One of her earliest roles was voicing Judy Jetson in “Jetsons: The Movie,” which came out in 1990. Since then, her acting credits have included appearing on episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” and “That ‘80s Show,” and starring in  B movies like “Mega Piranha” and “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.”

In “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” Tiffany shared the spotlight with fellow former ‘80s teen pop star Debbie Gibson.

“Making the movie was a blast,” Tiffany said. “I enjoyed spending time with Deb and working with so many fun, talented people.”

Even though she enjoyed acting, Tiffany is currently fully committed to her music career.

“I can’t wait for people to come out to see us,” Tiffany said of her upcoming show in Greenville. “Of course we’ll play ‘I Think We’re Alone Now,’ but I think a lot of people are going to be surprised when they hear how much more rock and roll there is in our sound.”

Tiffany will perform at the Texan Theater, located at 2712 Lee Street in Greenville, Sunday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2k3utkU for $149.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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