Savvy Media is proud to welcome two of the most interesting people … (Cue ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ commercial)
Okay, so, maybe they’re not astute James Bond-like characters who claim to have once won a staring contest with their own reflection. But they are, however, very interesting and among the most respected in their respective industries.
Also, I will tell you, they are two of the kindest people I have ever met.
Joining the Savvy Media family are Elite Basketball Trainer, David “DJ” Jones, and, Holly Tucker, Country Music Recording Artist and the former “The Voice” contestant who won hearts all over America on Season 4 of the hit music reality show.
How I got to know Holly is an interesting story.
Like probably many of you, I first saw Holly on “The Voice” hook an impressive “4-chair-turn” from Blake Shelton, Shakira, Adam Levine, and Usher. I remember being impressed with Holly’s story of humble beginnings, having grown up in Waco, Texas, having sung on church stages with her parents throughout her life, and having performed with the Baylor Bears Marching Band while she pursued her degree. As a fellow Texan, I was proud to watch Holly rise above some pretty tough competition, week after week, on Team Blake.
About a year later, I was lucky enough to meet Holly in person, at a San Antonio area scholarship pageant. Holly was the entertainment and captivated the audience with her well-known version of How Great Thou Art that she had once opened The Voice with.
Upon meeting Holly and asking the power vocalist for the obligatory, and, somewhat awkward I’m-a-big-fan photo, Holly’s family and I got to talking a little about the then college student’s career and aspirations.
A few months later, when Holly returned to San Antonio for a performance at the youth packed Camp T Bar M, I was able to help Holly out with a little media placement.
So Holly and I, along with one especially cute little Savvy Media helper-for-the-day, made the media rounds. Holly sang her heart out.
Holly continued on – going to school full time while pursuing her dream as a country music artist. In June 2015, Holly graduated from Baylor with a degree in Communication Arts. Less than a year later, Holly launched her first full album, “Steel”, since competing on “The Voice”. It was three years in the making. The album took so long, in part, because, as Holly told me, it was so expensive to produce, in Nashville, especially on the budget of a mostly college student. Also, in production with “Steel” was none other than Nashville great Jay DeMarcus, best known for his work with Rascal Flatts. Holly also co-wrote many of the songs on “Steel” which was a new experience for this young and rising country artist.
Through it’s hard for me to pick one favorite from “Steel”, three songs which I love to belt out in the car (catch me at a red light and you will no doubt be entertained) are “Dallas On Your Boots“, “You’re In Texas“, and probably my favorite, which Holly expects will play very well when it is released on radio, “Knock Off“.
Today, with a brand new full-length album in hand, and, as Holly builds a strong team around her, I am humbled and excited to have been invited to join her circle of creatives, as her Publicist.
Through weekly Skype meetings, regular texts, and during a recent 2-day visit Holly made to San Antonio to promote her latest single to hit and climb the charts on Texas Radio, “You’re In Texas“, I have had the pleasure to really get to know Holly and Holly’s brand.
Let me tell you, they are one in the same. Holly is as genuine as the country music she creates.
She is kind.
Holly loves talking with children.
On a personal get-to-know-Holly note, she is rather obsessed with dogs.
And, Holly, at just 23 years old, can be tough as nails, when she needs to be. As Holly’s music will tell you, it is okay to be both vulnerable and strong. In fact, the combination is something special.
After all, it surely can’t be easy to be a female artist in a more male-dominated Texas country music genre. Holly is soaring, yet, remains humble and true to her values. Values, that largely encompass family, church, respect for one’s self and others.
It is by no accident that Holly entitled “Steel”, as such.
Be on the lookout for Holly on the local and national music scenes as this Baylor proud graduate and Waco native prepares to launch her first-ever tour in spring, 2017. Holly has her own app Holly Tucker Music App too! To learn more about Holly and to download “Steel”, click here.
Equally as impressive, talented, kind, and embodied with the kind of character we all strive (or should strive) to emulate, is David “DJ” Jones.
While Holly shoots for the stars, David just plain shoots.
A ton of them.
David Jones played professional basketball for 13 years all over Europe and holds the scoring title for 11 of those 13 years. His free-throw average? Ninety-five percent.
“DJ”, as most of the world calls him, runs the Shooting For Success Youth Basketball Program in San Antonio, Texas. He also trains elite and professional athletes and is credited with “fixing” none other than Jeremy Lin’s basketball shot, helping to catapult the six-foot-three athlete into the NBA. His innate ability to diagnose a player’s struggles on the court and make the necessary adjustments has earned DJ the name ‘The Shot Doctor’ by sports journalists and top commentators home and abroad.
By luck, my own-two basketball playing sons and a dear friend landed me in a local Starbucks with DJ one day. Not only did I find DJ to be one heck of a coach and trainer, I learned quickly that he’s a really good person and I couldn’t be more excited to join his team. Granted, I wasn’t about to stand under a basketball hoop, but this five-foot-two PR girl was eager to get into the game.
Here’s the thing about DJ. While his statistics speak volumes about his performance and training abilities on the court, what is even more impressive is his ability to transform athletes off the basketball court.
DJ runs his training, club teams, and basketball camps around a set of core values. Traits such as leadership, honesty, discipline, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, and work ethic, among others. Coach DJ doesn’t just talk the talk. DJ walks it. And his athletes run it. DJ is serious about his core values. He makes that known to parents and athletes. Core values are demonstrated at every practice, scrimmage, and training session, and game play. DJ expects those same core values to be demonstrated by Shooting For Success athletes outside of his gym too. DJ helps facilitate that by involving athletes in service projects, community outings, basketball camps abroad, and social team-building opportunities.
I saw these core values at work when DJ shared with me the story of a Shooting For Success athlete he trains who was born with clubfoot. Not only did DJ make modifications to the athlete’s stance and shot that enabled the teen to shoot better than he’s ever shot, DJ helped the young man overcome the mental difficulties of dealing with having a birth defect. News 4 San Antonio’s Robert Price interviewed both the athlete and DJ. You can watch the news story, here.
In the end, DJ’s athletes receive top-notch skills training and the opportunity to learn from a professional, in a professional manner.
As a mom of three young basketball players, to find such a coach and trainer is a huge success. As a public relations professional, it’s a dream come true.