• July 22, 2014

Finding her voice

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 1:34 am

‘The Voice” finalist Holly Tucker will join in praise and worship services at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. July 13 at LifeWay Fellowship in Killeen.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Jimmy Towers, said he was one of the millions who rooted for Tucker as a finalist on the hit NBC singing show in 2012.

“I loved her gift and was impressed when she chose to sing a spiritual song in the finals,” Towers said.

With Tucker down the road in Waco as a student at Baylor University, where Towers’ son is a staff member, Towers reached out to invite her to sing during praise and worship at the church.

He remembered her making a guest appearance at Central Texas College’s Foundation and Metroplex Health System’s annual spring benefit in April.

Towers said Tucker’s appearance with the church’s musicians for all three services is free and open to the public.

“It’ll be a worship-led service; then instead of preaching, I figured I’d sit down and have a dialogue with Holly to talk about her faith,” he said.

Before, during and since “The Voice,” Tucker said she’s felt God’s guidance.

Generations of her family have either sung or played a musical instrument. Her parents, Johnny and Cheryl Tucker, founded a Christian band in the early 1980s called Revised Edition.

As her parents settled to raise a family, Tucker said the music never stopped.

“Whether it was at weddings, churches or in the home, it was faith based,” Tucker said in a phone interview.

Passion for country music

As she grew older, Tucker said she developed a passion for country music and strong, confident female singers with a positive message.

During her season on “The Voice,” she paired with country singer Blake Shelton, who became her coach and mentor.

As she advanced in the season, Tucker said Shelton approached her with the idea to sing “How Great Thou Art.”

“I was a little scared because I knew it was a secular show and wasn’t sure how people would come up against it,” Tucker said. “But during a rehearsal Blake told me, ‘You talk about your faith a lot, and I can see how big it is for you. If you don’t share it, it’s kind of a lie.’ I thought wow, I’m getting convicted by Blake Shelton.”

Tucker sang the song, chosen weeks in advance, the same day tornadoes hit Moore, Okla.

The timing, she said, was something higher to note because it wasn’t weeks before or weeks after.

Tucker finished in sixth place during the fourth season of the show. With her coach sending her text messages when he can to check on her, Tucker said it’s now up to her and God as to what’s next.

“I’m walking the line because I want to be a country artist, but I want to have a positive message and to inspire,” she said of her goals. “My hometown has been so supportive, and I try to give back when I can.”

She’s sung in churches and participated in a few local benefits, including the Central Texas College fashion show and a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club in Copperas Cove.

Blessed with opportunities

Tucker said she’s been blessed with opportunities.

Her father said she will open for Neal McCoy at an event in a few weeks and is preparing to film a music video for her new single, “More Than Just A Word.” She also has performances set to collaborate with a dance team at a hotel and casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Tucker is also continuing her education at Baylor, majoring in communications because she wants her degree and doesn’t want to give up the work she’s put into it, she said.

As for her upcoming engagement in Killeen, Tucker said she’s honored to be part of the service.

“They’ve been so gracious to welcome me with open arms, and I want to do my best, but it’s not about a performance or even about me; it’s about the worship,” she said.

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