The 254

Holly Tucker

By Kevin Tankersley

“Welcome to Waco”

Holly Tucker has been singing since she was 3 years old. She’s been recording since she was 14 and has released four albums. She was on NBC’s “The Voice” when she was a student at Baylor University. And now, for the first time, she has a musical residency.

Tucker will perform on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Hotel Herringbone in downtown Waco.

“I’ve never had a residency before,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to try to make each one a little bit different and special.”

Tucker said she’ll of course perform songs that her fans are familiar with, and share the stories behind those songs, but she’ll probably add in some new music as well. She’s recently begun writing songs again after a bit of a hiatus to concentrate on recoding and releasing the album “You’re Gonna Know My Name”, which came out last year, as well as working on an upcoming record.

“I’m hoping that I can use this opportunity to try out some new songs and even covers. People request things from me online all the time, so maybe I can throw some of those in.”

Tucker said the best thing about performing live is “connecting with people.”

“I know the songs have touched me, and if I can see how they touch other people — not that they have to touch other people the same way — but as long as they’re moving other people, that’s it. That’s what it is for me.”

Tucker said she’s going to try a new formula for releasing music. Inspired by her friend David Adam Byrnes, a fellow singer-songwriter from Fort Worth, Tucker will go into the studio and record four new songs. Then she’ll release one a month for four months, then record and release four more.

“And you do that for an entire year, and when you do that, you’re constantly putting out content. You always have something new to talk about,” she said. “You’re just feeding the beast, basically, and that worked out really well for him. He got a huge jump in Spotify listeners and that’s been really
good for him.”

Tucker frequently travels to Nashville to record, but has no desire to move there.

“I’m a Texas country artist. I’m red dirt,” she said. “I’m trying to be here in the Southern region, and it allows me to really make the kind of music that I want to make and be around my family.”

Tucker graduated from Lorena High School, then graduated from Baylor University in 2015 with a major in speech communication and a minor in Spanish. Her parents, Cheryl and Johnny Tucker — who co-founded the Christian band Revised Edition in the 1980s — still live in the area; and Tucker married Spencer Brenner on Feb. 12, 2022.

“Waco is just blowing up and I’ve lived here my entire life,” she said. “I’m a proud Wacoan. I wrote a song called ‘Welcome to Waco’ for the City of Waco. I’m proud to be a part of it. And if things like this (residency) are going to keep coming into the city, I want to be a part of it all if I can. Whoever will have me. I love Waco. I’ll proudly rep Waco for the rest of my life. This is always going to be home for me.”

Leading with Song

Her residency at Hotel Herringbone isn’t the only thing new in Holly Tucker’s life. For almost a year now, she’s been the worship pastor at Journey Christian Community, a non-denominational church in China Spring.

“My faith and my country music are so closely tied that I started feeling like God was opening more doors to things like worship opportunities, and then this position came open,” she said. “It’s not just a worship leader position. It’s also a pastor position where you care for people, you pray with them and you get to know them and you are involved in their lives and you hurt with them. You praise with them. You share in their good times and their bad times.”