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‘The Voice’ finalist headlines local festival

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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — Fresh from CMA Fest in Nashville, Holly Tucker, made famous when she became a top-six finalist on the hit NBC television show “The Voice,” returns to Central Texas to give exposure to an organization that keeps children from being home alone.

Tucker will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Music at the Gap, a fundraiser for the Copperas Cove Boys & Girls Club. The event was once held annually but has been on hiatus for the past six years.

“I love any chance I get to give back. Music is what I love and if I can use it to benefit a great cause like this, I am honored to do it,” said Tucker, a Baylor University senior.

Tucker’s first single, “More than Just a Word,” became available June 4 on iTunes.

“I am definitely making great strides,” said Tucker, who has hundreds of followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “When I came off ‘The Voice,’ I thought I might get offered a record deal. But I had a reality check. It’s really hard for a new female artist to get signed.”

Ira Brand of Brand Financial Services is sponsoring Music at the Gap. He also serves on the Boys & Girls Club board of directors. Brand said the Boys & Girls Club is a helpful organization for young families.

“It keeps kids from being at home alone while their parents are at work and a lot of crimes take place. So it’s crime prevention as well,” he said. “I am very excited to see Music at the Gap coming back. For years, it was one of our marquee events and one of our frontrunners for marketing Boys & Girls Club and to let the community know what we do for kids. We need that kind of marketing boost.”

Several local artists will be featured at the event, including Frankly Country and Renegade Redeemed. Club Director Bobby Krei said the goal is to raise $10,000 to fund programs for the 85 to 100 students in the after-school program and the 150 children who attend the club in the summer.

Tickets for Music at the Gap are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 11. Children 5 and younger can attend for free. A barbecue meal for adults or hotdogs and chips for children are included.

Tickets can be purchased at the Boys & Girls Club of Copperas Cove, Allstate Insurance, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and at the door.

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