may be available for your next special event!
Tucker built one of the most successful careers in music through
unflagging determination and undeniable talent. Her incredible success
when she was just entering her teen years continued into adulthood,
and she is among the all-time best-selling female vocalists in country
Tanya (tan' ya, not tawn' ya) was one of the first singers to bring rock and
roll bravado to country music. She constantly takes chances musically
and she's weathered all the vagaries of fame. If anyone can look back at
their career with satisfaction, it's Tanya Tucker. She could
easily lie back in a hammock and just enjoy the results of her success,
knowing that she's proved herself.
Instead, she recorded the thirtieth album of
her career, "Complicated." "Music is what I enjoy. It's constantly a
challenge before me," she says to explain why she's not lolling
in that hammock. "Making music and creating new music fills me
with all kinds of emotions a little bit of fear, a hopefulness
that people will like what I'm doing, some excitement in trying
something different, a satisfaction in figuring out how to make a
particular song the best it can be. There's always something more you
can do, a way to make it bigger and better."
Her interpretation of lyrics and her choice of
songs are a reflection of her life, Tucker says. "When I come
into the studio for a new album, it's just naturally going to be
different because time has passed. As you go on with your life and
have different experiences you can't help but indulge them when you're
singing. They are a part of you."
Tucker has also put her life experiences down on
paper, in her autobiography, "Nickel
Dreams" (Hyperion). Working with
writer Patsi Bale Cox, Tanya has produced a book that takes an
uncompromising, honest look at her life.
Tanya Tucker has plenty to write about. She decided at age
six that she would sing, and told her father so. "I wasn't forced
to do anything," she says. "My dad and I have always had an
understanding. If I wanted something, whatever it was, he'd say 'well
let's see what we can do.' He would never say 'No, that's impossible.'
He would make it happen as long as I did my part."
Her part in starting a singing career meant
traipsing through Nashville with her father Beau, trying to get
someone in the music business to listen to her. Before she even hit
her teens, Tucker would belt out songs for industry big shots and hear
cold-hearted assessments of her talent spat right in her face.
Perseverance paid off, and at age 13, Tucker's
rendition of "Delta Dawn" made her a star. In 1976, at age
15, she had her first greatest hits collection, a Grammy nomination
and a Rolling Stone cover with the headline, "I-E, I'm
Tanya Tucker, I'm 15, You're Gonna Hear From Me." The headline
was prophetic. Unlike so many teen sensations, Tucker stuck with
singing and continued to chalk up hits.
Tanya Tucker signed with Capitol Nashville in 1985, and
immediately made the top of the charts with "One Love At A
Time... Just Another Love" and "I'll Come Back As Another
Woman." With each album, she reinforced her status as one of
country music's premier stylists. In 1991, four songs from her
platinum-selling "What Do I Do With Me" became huge hits,
including the Grammy-nominated "Down To My Last Teardrop."
She won Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the 1991 Country Music
Association Awards Show, but was unable to accept because she was in
the hospital after giving birth to her son Beau Grayson. Her next
album, "Can't Run From Yourself," also went platinum, and
her video for "Two Sparrows In A Hurricane" won an Academy
of Country Music Award in 1994.
She is the youngest woman in pop or country history
to have a boxed set of her music available to the public.
In addition to her own albums, Tanya Tucker has
contributed her talents to a number of tribute projects in the last
few years. She is constantly in demand for guest appearances: She
performed at the World Cup Opening Ceremonies in 1994 (to a worldwide
television audience of two billion viewers), did the half-time show at
the Super Bowl in that same year and in 1996, and CBS chose her to sing
the theme song for their NASCAR racing broadcast.
"I really don't think of myself as a
star," she says. "I'm just a working mom. Still, things
happen that amaze me sometimes. I went to Norway on tour, and I've
never seen people act the way they did. It was like The Beatles or
Elvis was on stage. There were 30,000 people screaming and crowding to
the front of the stage. People were passing out. I counted 20 to 25
people being carried out. It was so strange. We had to stop the show
to calm the crowd down."
Awards include --
- Academy of Country Music Video of the Year 1992
- CMA Female Vocalist of the Year 1991
- Music City News Country Most Promising Female Artist of the Year
- Academy of Country Music Top New Female Vocalist 1972
Hit songs include --
- Blood Red And Goin' Down
- Here's Some Love
- I Won't Take Less Than Your Love
- If It Don't Come Easy
- Just Another Love
- Lizzie And The Rainman
- San Antonio Stroll
- Strong Enough to Bend
- What's Your Mama's Name
- Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)
- (Without You) What Do I Do With Me?
- Down to My Last Teardrop
- Highway Robbery
- I'll Come Back as Anther Woman
- It's a Little Too Late
- Love Me Like You Used To
- Two Sparrow In A Hurricane
- Some Kind Of Trouble
- If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight
- Tell Me About It
- You Just Watch Me
- Hangin' In
Tanya Tucker may be available for your next special event!
.Contemporary Country. / ContemporaryCountry
.Country-Pop. / CountryPop
.Progressive Country. / ProgressiveCountry
.Pop/Rock. / PopRock
.Country-Rock. / CountryRock
.Acoustic Guitar. / AcousticGuitar
x70s, x80s, x90s, x00s
Born: ..in Texas / born nTexas
..in Seminole / born SeminoleTX
Oct 10, 1958
Based: ..in US
Based: ..in California / based nCalifornia
..in Malibu / based
Tag: .Orchestra charts available. / OrchestraCharts