After 30 years in the industry and an unprecedented string of extremely successful releases and collaborations, this phenomenal singer really needs no introduction.
Raised in Brooklyn New York, Barbara Tucker, like many of the iconic house vocalists, started her singing at an early age in church, the basis for the soul for which she is so well known. She was heavily encouraged to pursue a singing career by her father Jayotis Washington of the group “The Persuasions”.
Tucker’s induction into the music industry really came in the late 80’s where her already distinguished vocals were used on a range of tracks. The release of “SET IT OFF” with Harlequin 4 on Jus Born Records was a major hit and her unique performances and delivery soon established her as an icon of New York’s gay/Hi-NRG scene. In the UK it was the soulful house bomb, ‘Beautiful People’, which utilized the ‘Deep Deep Inside’ hook from Hardrive’s track of the same name, which gave her an audience in the UK and opened the doors for her to Europe.
“Beautiful People”, “I Get Lifted”, “Stay Together” and of course “Most Precious Love” are some of her earlier works and like Barbara herself, have stood the tests of time and are proving to be iconic examples of musical bliss. To this day, you will still witness clubs and dance-floors around the world jumping whenever they are played; again, like Barbara, they have become firmly established entries in the History of House Music.
Barbara has also become the only recording artist to have secured an annual residency in Europe’s clubbing mecca, Ibiza. Considering the talent moving into and out of the island each year, this is an astounding achievement.
Beachgrooves resident DJ Tito Pulpo was fortunate enough to grab a little bit of her precious time for BG Life Magazine, to fill us in on her current life, loves and movements.
Tito Pulpo: Firstly, thank you very much for giving us this interview.
Barbara Tucker: Thank you for this time.
TP: What does an average day for the hardest working woman in House Music consist of? Do you have a basic daily routine or is every day random and challenging?
BT: I’m not the hardest! ….This is house … Dance. We flow with it!
TP: You have performed once or twice here in Marbella (I was lucky enough to be there backstage at Olivia Valere for the “Celebration of Life” weekend). Will you consider coming back and performing here on the south coast of Spain?
BT: Of course. Let’s do it!
TP: What’s your favourite colour?
BT: Red. White. Orange!
TP: Music aside, what kind of things do you get up to in your “down time” (If you have any?)
BT: Studying more about black history… I love it. Spiritual things. Serving at my church and occupying my mind with enlightening things.
TP: If you wanted to be any singer in the world other than the great Ms Barbara Tucker who would you like to be and why?
BT: Lol. I didn’t even want to be a singer. Lol
TP: Not an easy one as you have had so many the world over, but what/where is your most memorable performance and why?
The rest of this interview can be read over at Tito Pulpo’s website…