Her interpretation of lyrics and her choice of
songs are a reflection of her life,
Tanya 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 for your very special event or occasion.
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.
Tucker appeared on
Terri Clark's 2012
album, Classic, in a remake duet of her first single "Delta Dawn".
In June 2017, Tucker was featured in
Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time.
Tanya Tucker's 2019 album, While I'm Livin', won the Grammy Award for Best Country
Album, and "Bring My Flowers Now" from that same album won her a shared
songwriting Grammy for Best Country Song.
Also in 2019, she performed at the
Country Music Awards along with others, including
Tucker's documentary, The Return of
Tanya Tucker, featuring
Brandi Carlile was
released to theaters Fall 2022.
In 2023, Tucker was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On April 5, 2023, Tanya announced her studio album, Sweet Western Sound,
and released the first song from the album, "Kindness". Sweet Western Sound
was produced by Tucker along with
Jennings, and was released on June 2, 2023, via Fantasy Records.
Her discography includes 26 studio albums, three live albums, 30 compilation
albums, nine video albums and one box set.