Tanya Tucker

Her ‘Wild Child’ Days Past, Tanya Tucker Revels in 4 Grammy Noms: ‘I’ve Never Felt Such an Outpouring of Love’

Tanya Tucker
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 Tanya Tucker has been singing “Delta Dawn” for 48 years — since she was 13 — and the legendary country rebel says she’s “still in love with it.”

“That record, to me, is my perfect record, that very first record,” the 61-year-old Tucker tells PEOPLE. “There’s no more perfect record than that one.”

And yet Tucker tempts fate on a recent weekday afternoon in a Nashville studio, gathering a band, including two of the original musicians from her 1972 session, to re-record the classic. She’s also brought along her Grammy-winning friend Brandi Carlile to lend direction and backup vocals.

Again and again, Tucker works to reinterpret her ending, each time bringing more gospel fervor to the classic chorus, until Carlile finally calls it after one particularly breathtaking turn: “Absolutely perfect.”

How can that be? How do you improve on perfection?

What Tucker showed off in the studio — and what fans have been discovering — is the voice that was so startlingly mature at age 13 now has a soul and grit that could only come from the accumulated years. And Tucker has often lived them to the extreme, earning a “wild child”  reputation that often overshadowed her vocal skills.

Read the full story on People.com.

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