EmiSunshine Asks, Tanya Tucker Tells All

Child Star Gets Insights From a Former Child Star

Tanya Tucker is 57. EmiSunshine is 11. But that 46-year age gap is completely irrelevant when it comes to country music.

In the latest episode of her Americana Corner video series, EmiSunshine gets to ask Tucker all about her own experience with being a child star when she released “Delta Dawn” at only 13.

The country newcomer asks Tucker about getting a record deal, cutting that first song and what it was like to go into a recording studio that young. Then she asks her about her earliest memory of singing.

“My earliest memory? Gosh, I don’t remember not singing. I just started practicng in my bedroom and singing along to the radio, probably when I was about seven,” Tucker recalled.

“My dad always told me, ‘You’ve got two probems: one of them is you’re a girl, and the other one is you’re a 9-year-old girl. So you’re gonna have to put twice as much feeling in it because they’re not gonna believe you,'” Tucker said. “I always took that to heart.”

Tucker tells Sunshine her favorite singers are Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline.

“Those were my staple girls,” Tucker said.

And as for her favorite song? It’s still “Delta Dawn.”

“If it came out today, it would be a hit record,” Tucker said. “It’s one of those songs that kind of transcends time.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.