Friday, Sept. 29th - 6:00pm - Main Stage
In a music genre where a great story is key and a sense of genuineness is as important as an artist’s vocal prowess, 23-year-old Holly Tucker is emerging on the Texas Country Music scene as one to watch. Her voice has been described by Blake Shelton as “the most effortless, accurate, and powerful voice” the top-charting country music star has ever heard. That, coupled with Holly’s down-to-earth personality evident in both her lyrics and performances is fast moving Holly’s music onto charts and into hearts in Texas and beyond.
“I may be young but I know who I am and what I stand for, especially when it comes to creating country music,” the Waco native says. “I’m real and it’s important that my music is too.” Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than on Holly’s first full-length album entitled “Steel”, released in early 2016. Songs such as “Knock-off”, “Dallas On Your Boots”, and “Steel”, for which the album is named, unequivocally embody this idea that a young woman today can be both tough and vulnerable.
Holly Tucker’s musical roots run deep and wide, her musical story beginning even before she was born. Holly is the youngest of three, born to Johnny and Cheryl Tucker, founders of the eighties Christian band, Revised Edition. Holly grew up singing in the church and performing on various stages and at fairs and festivals around Texas. At age 14, Holly recorded her first full-length CD entitled ‘It’s about Time’. A year later she lent her voice to demos in Nashville, and, by the age of 17, had recorded a second full-length CD. As a freshman, at Baylor University in 2012, Holly was selected as an artist for a student-run record label and recorded an all-original 3-song EP entitled “Something To Be Said.”
In June 2013, Holly entered the national music conversation, when she rose to the Top 6 out of 40-thousand people who auditioned on Season 4 of NBC TV’s hit music reality show, The Voice. Holly, on Team Blake Shelton, was one of only seven contestants to receive an impressive “4-chair-turn”.
Since starring on The Voice, Holly has made over 500 personal appearances in 14 states and 2 countries, including Uganda, where she became the first American Country Music Artist to appear in support of the only country music radio voice on the continent of Africa. In the last three years, Holly has made over fifteen trips to Nashville to record, co-write, and perform with some of the best in the country music industry.
Currently, with her focus on the Texas country music scene, Holly has released three singles to Texas Regional Radio. All have charted in the top 100, including ‘Wax Paper Cups” a duet with popular Texas country artist, Ray Johnston of the Ray Johnston Band. Currently, the third single release from “Steel”, (You Know) “You’re In Texas” is climbing the TRRR Top 100 airplay chart and promises to be Holly’s most successful radio release to date. In the last year, Holly has opened for well-loved and respected artists such as Tracy Byrd, Willie Nelson, Neal McCoy, Linda Davis, Clint Black, the Oakridge Boys, Ray Johnston, Hudson Moore, and she’s currently preparing for major opportunities in 2017.
In addition to playing venues of all sizes and various types, Holly has a big heart for giving back, in particular as taking on a new role as the spokesperson for a local McLennan County organization, the Community Cancer Association. Holly especially loves sharing her background, experience, and the personal stories that have defined who she is today and who she hopes to be tomorrow with children and young adults at schools, camps, group homes, and hospitals.
Holly graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Communications in 2015. She resides in Waco, Texas.
“Texas Country Music is a beautiful path,” the Waco, Texas native says. “I happily and proudly invite my family, friends, and fans to join me on this musical journey that I feel so fortunate to be on.”