An alumna of the television singing competition show “The Voice” will be back in Texoma this weekend to perform at a local nonprofit’s fundraising event. Season 4 top six contestant Holly Tucker will be singing Friday at the annual community always and performing arts event to be held at Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman.


The event, which is hosted by United Way of Grayson County, starts at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m.


“Performing arts has a foundation in a lot of people’s lives,” Tucker said during a phone interview. “It brings joy to people. Performing arts is something that affects people and as the artist, we have to sometimes be selfless. It is important to be selfless like the United Way. Music, theater and art are all beautiful and is something that everyone should work to continue to promote.”


Tucker is no stranger to Texoma. After meeting Shawnda Rains while singing at a festival, Tucker began working with the Texoma talent developer.


Tucker is currently working on a new extended play release. Her first single from the EP debuted in November. The second single will be released on Feb. 15.


“It is called, ‘Country Music Won’t Let Me,’” she said. “We decided to release it that day because it is Valentine’s Day week and the song is a heart breaker reaching out to those who have lost love or who have had a broken heart.”


Tucker said she will be releasing another single at the beginning of the summer and expects the EP to be released at the beginning of the fall.


“If I could go on tour with an artist that is not alive right now, it would be Elvis Presley,” she said. “He was such an innovator in his genre and really made music for a collection of genres. He really mixed it all and was an inspiration. The tour would be called, ‘Hound Dog and Highways.’”


If she could take her act on the road with any current artist, Tucker said she would choose Cody Johnson.


“He is definitely one of my favorites,” she said. “He has done what I want to do, which is cross over from being a regional artist into being a mainstream country artist. He has always been true though.”


Back in 2013, Tucker was “Team Blake” for the NBC reality television show. She said that since her time on the show, she has learned that making it in the music business is a lot harder than people think.


She has taken home many awards over the last few years. In 2017, she was named the Texas Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year, the ETX Music female vocalist of the year, ETX Music song and music video of the year and was also named the songwriters competition winner by Texas Music Pickers.


“Fans look up and think that recording artists are living the dream,” Tucker said. “They think it’s about making a lot of money and everything. They think that everything is great, but I know that I am blessed to be able to do this for a living because it is not easy.”


For individuals looking to create a career from a love of music, Tucker’s advice is to stay true.


“It’s about connections and staying relevant,” she said. “It is the greatest and it is heartbreaking all at the same time. You have to know this is your passion and be willing to strive for it.”


Art, Tucker said, starts with passion so even if performing arts is not a person’s calling, she says that passion can be put into any career and make that career an art.


“For those wanting to do it for fun, always go with it,” she said. “Do not quit. If you want to do it as a career, do not forget to keep the passion there. That should be square one. It is the foundation of everything. If you are passionate about something, do not let anyone or anything stand in your way. I have to tell myself that through the good and the bad.”


Tickets for Friday’s event are $20 and can be purchased at http://www.OuthouseTickets.com/Event/Event11335/. For more information, call 903-893-1920.