A Central Texas singer remembered her roots on Sunday as her popularity continues to grow on a national scale.

Top-six finalist on the hit NBC television show, “The Voice,” Holly Tucker of Waco celebrated the first anniversary of New Hope Church located in the former Cove Theater in Copperas Cove. Performing two songs with her parents and three songs solo, Tucker sang to a full-capacity crowd sharing her personal testimonial in between the numbers.

“I grew up in the church and that’s where it all started. Being part of the church’s

anniversary is a real honor for me. Loving on people is what I am all about,” Tucker said.

“We knew Holly would help us celebrate opening the doors of our church one year ago (on Sunday). Holly’s music reaches all ages and we have a good mix of age groups in our church,” said Mike Stidham, the church’s worship leader who met Tucker a couple of years ago when he was in a band. “When she sings “How Great Thou Art,” it just totally melts you.”

She believes God is calling her to sing in a secular world and intertwine it with her faith. She sang several country songs after the church service.

“I will never sing songs I don’t believe in. I won’t party and get wasted in my life. So, I won’t sing about that.”

The speech communications major has a 3.4 GPA at Baylor University despite missing five weeks of school during the taping of “The Voice” and having to complete her work by correspondence. Her father, Johnny Tucker, said his daughter was hard working and talented at a young age.

“When she was a toddler, she sang ‘Away in a Manger’ and her mom chimed in doing harmony and I chimed in with the third part. Holly stayed on key. We couldn’t believe it.

“Her gift really came out when she was 12 or 13. We took her to competitions, and she would sing in the car, practicing. Her mom and I would listen and then look at each other with amazement,” Johnny Tucker said.

Holly Tucker’s rendition of “Voice of Truth” brought a tearful Tanya Lovenberg, of Copperas Cove, to her feet.

“She just has the Lord in her. She has been given a gift from God and uses it to glorify him. She doesn’t just like to hear her own voice. She can really move people,” Lovenberg said.

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