• Baylor sophomore impresses on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

    Holly Tucker on NBC's The Voice

    The judges on NBC’s The Voice singing competition — Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, country music star Blake Shelton, Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira and multi-platinum R&B artist Usher — spent the last three weeks choosing teams of performers to mentor and prepare for head-to-head competitions.

    Among those who made the cut? Baylor sophomore Holly Tucker.

    A native of Lorena, Texas (less than 15 miles south of Waco), Tucker was introduced on The Voice in this season’s third episode, including a lengthy series of shots showing her walking the Baylor campus and performing with the Golden Wave Band. [Click here to watch Holly’s introduction and first performance, “To Make You Feel My Love” (starting just after the 40:00 mark).]

    During Tucker’s blind audition, each of the four judges quickly turned their chairs — a rare occurrence on the show, demonstrating that all four wanted her on their team. After much deliberation, Tucker — who dreams of being a country star — chose to join Shelton’s team. Beginning tonight, she and the other artists will be paired head-to-head in elimination battles; if Tucker can make it through this round, then she’ll advance to knockout rounds and (hopefully) the live finals, where audience voting can play a part.

    [MORE HOLLY: Uproar Records’ video “Introducing Holly” || Tucker’s artist page on The Voice website || Get Tucker’s first Voice performance on iTunes]

    Tucker’s experience on The Voice isn’t her first time performing, of course; she has been singing in front of audiences since the age of 12. She even spent her freshman year as an artist with Baylor’s Uproar Records, recording a CD on the label and even performing on behalf of Uproar in the 2011 Baylor Homecoming Parade.

    A Baylor legacy, Holly’s father, Johnny, mother, Cheryl, and brother, Travis, are all Baylor graduates, and Cheryl now works in the Engineering and Computer Science dean’s office. The family is hosting a watch party each night the show airs at the Applebee’s in Waco.

    Tune in to The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 p.m. CT, on NBC) to see what’s next for Holly, and follow her journey via FacebookTwitterYouTube and hollytucker.com.

    Sic ’em, Holly!

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