Grammy-winning songstress, Tanya Goodman-Sykes, was born into gospel music royalty. As daughter of the late Rusty Goodman and niece to Howard and “Queen of Gospel Music” Vestal Goodman, Tanya grew up in an environment where creating great songs and communicating the Gospel through music was a way of life.
Now an award-winning songwriter and vocalist in her own rite, Tanya has in no way rested on the accolades of those who came before her. Taking all she learned from her talented family, she continues the family legacy with a calling all her own as a songwriter, solo artist and founding member of Dove-Award-winning trio, Heirloom.
Her smooth alto voice lends itself beautifully to the numerous children’s albums she has written and recorded, including the Grammy-winning Rock-a-bye Collection and widely acclaimed, A Child’s Gift of Lullabies.
Tanya is featured in dozens of volumes in the award-winning Gaither Gospel Series, exposing her to television audiences around the world. Among her all-time best-loved performances is a beautiful interpretation of the song her father wrote years earlier, “Look For Me,” on the Gaither Homecoming DVD entitled, Singin’ With The Saints.
As a songwriter, Tanya, along with her husband, Michael Sykes, has penned #1 gospel hits “The King of Who I Am” (recorded by Lulu Roman, Russ Taff and others) and “Prayer Warrior” (recorded by Heirloom) among the couple’s many musical accomplishments.
Tanya and Michael reside in San Antonio, Texas, where Tanya is enjoying new opportunities to fulfill her artistic calling after years of devotion to her most important role as mom to Mallory and Aly, both now grown.
Even more compelling than her musical heritage and God-given talent is Tanya’s heart for communicating the Good News of Jesus. She expresses her goal as a musician poignantly and honestly: “I think so many people feel discouraged and defective, as if everyone else has it all together and they’re the only ones struggling or flawed. I want them to know they are not alone. We all need God’s grace and mercies, which are new every morning… Without Him, it’s all meaningless.”