Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner Tanya Tucker continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic “Delta Dawn,” at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Tanya’s indelible songs include some of country music’s biggest hits such as the aforementioned “Delta Dawn,” “Soon,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Trouble,” “Texas (When I Die),” “If It Don’t Come Easy” and “Strong Enough To Bend.” Tanya is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tanya received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Album: While I’m Livin’ and Best Country Song: “Bring My Flowers Now.”
WesternWomen.com sat down with Tanya to ask her a couple of questions.
How would you define your style?
Tanya: My favorite designer is Double D Ranch. I love their statement pieces with sparkle and spontaneity, whether I’m on stage or just going out for dinner. I also love items with craftsmanship in turquoise belts and jewelry. That’s what fun about building my performance outfits and everyday wear – every piece can be mixed and matched for comfort or glam!
How did you first get into the Western Lifestyle?
Tanya: Well I was born in Seminole, Texas, so it’s in my blood! My daddy moved us around when I was a kid and before “Delta Dawn,” so my heart is always in West Texas.
What advice or words of encouragement would you give to other Western Women?
Tanya: Western Women are strong-willed, determined and have more “horse sense” because of our culture and lifestyle. Be yourself! Follow your dreams. Never give up, no matter what age you are.
What is your favorite part about the Western Lifestyle?
Tanya: The Western Lifestyle represents authenticity and heritage, to me. I love the traditions that are passed on from generation to generation.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Tanya: I don’t take advice, but I listen to information!
What do you count as your greatest achievement?
Tanya: My kids, Grayson, Presley and Layla.
Moment you’ll remember forever?
Tanya: Well, this year has certainly been historic. We kicked off the year winning two Grammys, and then the world shut down shortly after. I certainly never forget all the craziness this year!
What do you never travel without?
Tanya: My dogs!
What do you do to unwind?
Tanya: Ride my horses.
Favorite vacation spot?
Tanya: Too many! Depends on the time and season of each year.
Tanya: Can’t go wrong with a Cowboy Steak, creamed corn and crab mac n’ cheese!