By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal
The Belton Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce Holly Tucker as this year’s July 4 Star of the Festival on Nolan Creek. Tucker will perform in Yettie Polk Park at noon on July 4, after the conclusion of the parade.
“The Fiddlers, who are traditionally here on the Fourth of July, pulled out this year because their group’s attendance was low since so many members wanted to spend time with their families,” said Judy Garrett, the Belton Chamber’s Tourism Director. “That’s when I started looking at Holly, and we’re super excited that she is our entertainer for the festival this year. She’s extremely popular in this area.”
Tucker was a contestant on Season Four of The Voice. She made it to the top six on Team Blake Shelton. Since then, she has divided her time between growing both her education and her music career.
“I’ve been doing part-time music and part-time school,” Tucker said. “I was a full-time student, but in my time off, I did music. I’ve been trying to get into the Texas Country route because this is where my roots are. I’ve been recording some music. We’re about to get an album out in the fall, so it’s been really busy the past two years since The Voice. Now I’m finally graduated from Baylor, and now it’s full-time music.”
Although she plans to pursue a career in music, Tucker decided not to make that her focus in school.
“I wanted to be able to keep my love of music without making it a job,” Tucker said. “I decided to major in communications, so if music somehow didn’t end up being my full-time career, I would have something to fall back on.”
Tucker hails from Lorena, though she claims Waco as her hometown. Still, she’s a Central Texas girl, and the Chamber couldn’t be happier to welcome her.
“I actually claim Waco as my hometown because I was born in Waco and I spent the majority of my life there, but Lorena is not that far off,” Tucker said. “I went to middle school and high school in Lorena. When we moved out there, it was really cool because we had started a whole new chapter of our lives. Getting to do that together as a family brought us even closer.”
And, boy does she love her family.
“I have a lot of fond memories as a kid, and it mainly stems around my family,” Tucker said. “We had a lot of good times together. We were always really close. That made my growing up experience in Waco even better. People sometimes think it’s weird how close I am to my family because that just doesn’t happen anymore.”
Of course, this made her the perfect choice to bring to Belton, where everyone is family.
“Everybody here has just been so welcoming to me,” Tucker said. “This isn’t my hometown, so you never know what to expect. But everybody here has treated my like family.”
Although Tucker has never experienced a Fourth of July in Belton, she can’t wait to see what all the hype is about.
“I was reached out to by Ms. Judy Garrett,” Tucker said. “She contacted my dad and manager, my ‘dadager.’ They’ve been talking about this event for a couple of months now. At first I wasn’t going to be able to do it because I had a prior engagement, but that fell through, and so I was really excited to say yes to this one. It’s a lot closer to home and it sounded like something that was going to be a really cool thing to be a part of. I’m going to be doing the Bar-B-Que Kickoff on (July) 1, leading on the parade on July 4 and singing at the Festival on Nolan Creek. It’s going to be fun!”
Be sure to check out Tucker’s first single, “More Than Just a Word,” on YouTube before coming out to welcome her to her first July 4 Celebration in Belton.
“We followed Holly on The Voice,” Garrett said. “She is a great crowd pleaser. What you see is what you get!”