|Ray Tucker Recognized With 'Music Is Love Award'|
Clifton Forge, VA (Feb. 18, 2020) - Ray Tucker was awarded Appalfolks of Americaâ€™s first â€śMusic Is Love Awardâ€ť that was presented to him at The Virginia Opryâ€™s â€śMusic Is Loveâ€ť country music show at The Historic Masonic Theatre Saturday, February 15.
M. Ray Allen, founder and president of Appalfolks, remarked, â€śAppalfolks will honor annually one entertainer and the memory of the late Bob Campbell, the director of Appalfolksâ€™ Virginia Junior Opry who coined the slogan, as a theme for the Virginia Junior Opry that provided a springboard for many young performers to enter the field of music professionally.â€ť
For example, Colton Berry, who sang for the Virginia Junior Opry for two seasons, went on to perform on national TV as a Top Ten Finalist on â€śAmerican Idol and to pursue a career in theatre in Texas.â€ť
Allen added, â€śRay Tucker not only served as director of The Virginia Opry that made its debut on October 16, 1992, but he also worked with the Virginia Junior Opry that provided a talent showcase for so many young performers throughout Virginia, including my daughter, Jana Allen who has pursued a career in theatre.â€ť
Jana Allen, an actress/vocalist who is a member of SAG/AFTRA, has performed in more than a dozen movies and many TV shows, including a recent performance on â€śRighteous Gemstones.â€ť
Tucker currently is the leader of a country music band, Ray Tucker and Friends, and the six-piece-string-instrument band is one of 11 bands that has been inducted into The Virginia Opry.
M. Ray Allen concluded, â€śRay Tucker is well-deserving of our nonprofit organizationâ€™s first â€śMusic Is Love Awardâ€ť because his contributions to Appalfolks have spanned three decades.â€ť