NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Craft announces Tanya Tucker, groundbreaking country music icon, as the 2017 Tennessee Craft Week Honorary Chairman.
“I am so pleased to be involved with Tennessee Craft and support the work they do – training, nurturing and building the reputation of craft artists,” said Tanya Tucker. “Tennessee is my home – there is such a creative spirit about the people here! The rich tradition of music, arts, and fine handmade craft attracts more national attention each year and continues to build the reputation of local artists.”
Tucker, the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards, is known for her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence. She is one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the country music genre.
“We are honored to have Tanya Tucker help spread the word about the quality of our Tennessee artisans,” said Teri Alea, Tennessee Craft executive director. “Tanya embodies the spirit of these artists with her singular dedication to her music, crafting beautiful performances, and impacting people’s lives with her talent.”
Tucker kicks off this week-long focus on crafts in late September and will preside as the voice of Tennessee Craft Week Oct. 6-15.
Tennessee Craft Week shines a spotlight on craft artists across the state each October. The art of handmade crafts is a Tennessee legacy that intensifies each year. Crafts, born from the hills of the Smoky Mountains, are evolving with artists using contemporary materials, ingenious ideas, and new ways of handling the raw materials. Handmade crafts are bringing local communities together, driving economic impact across the state and creating a desire for tourists to get a glimpse of Tennessee. Tennessee Craft Week is a time to celebrate the craft artwork made in Tennessee and take home an authentic treasure. This October campaign is in conjunction with American Craft Week, an annual recognition of craft across the nation.
Tennessee Craft gained national attention earning top honors with the American Craft Week Star Award in 2015 and 2016 for its statewide craft demonstrations, showcasing engaging “hands on” experiences at all Tennessee Welcome Centers and the Nashville International Airport. With nearly 75 official events already planned for this year, numerous regional Signature Events and hundreds of artists involved, Tennessee Craft Week leads the way for dedicated craft artists to excel and thrive.
About Tanya Tucker
Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, "Delta Dawn," "Soon," “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” "Trouble" and “Texas (When I Die),” just to name a few. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Tucker with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors™. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections and digital downloads have topped 25 million records worldwide. For more information, visit TanyaTucker.com.
About Tennessee Craft
Tennessee Craft, formerly The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA), works to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition. With more than 500 members throughout the state, Tennessee Craft serves as the premier connecting point for local, independent makers and their audiences through Craft Fairs, exhibitions, professional development, networking, mentorship and other educational programs. Visit www.tennesseecraft.org to learn more.
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