A country music trailblazer who first burst onto the scene with 1972’s “Delta Dawn,” then returned in glory with the Grammy-winning 2019 album “While I’m Livin,’” comes to Prescott to share her classic hits and one-of-a-kind outlaw sound. Tanya Tucker lights up Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC), 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.

Since “Delta Dawn” made her a country icon at the tender age of 13, Tucker has been writing, breaking and re-writing the rules for country music stardom. A proud daughter of Seminole, Texas, Tucker followed her breakout song with a flurry of hits that honed her trademark sound and established her as a standalone artist, including “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.” Along the way, Tucker became one of country music’s most admired and influential artists, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.

Tucker has also collected numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. In 2020, Tucker received two Grammys, Best Country Album (While I’m Livin’) and Best Country Song, (“Bring My Flowers Now”).

Other artists, with more than fifty years of performing and accolades behind them, might be content to settle down in the twilight of their success. Still, Tucker’s legacy inspired a new generation of country and pop artists, notably Brandi Carlisle and Shooter Jennings, who co-produced her 2019 album While I’m Livin’. The album, coupled with a triumphant SRO return to LA’s Troubadour nightclub in the fall of 2020, lit the afterburners on Tucker’s career and now country fans of all ages have come to treasure her fiery, one-of-a-kind musical style.

Tickets for Tanya Tucker start at $49. The Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

For reservations or more information, call (928) 776-2000, or visit ycpac.com.

Information provided by Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

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