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Holly with Garth Brooks at the Opry

 

HOLLY DUNN WAS NOTHING IF NOT VERSATILE. THIS NATIVE OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS BURST ONTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC SCENE IN THE MID 1980'S, WITH A SELF-PENNED TRIBUTE TO HER PREACHER FATHER CALLED "DADDY'S HANDS." THE SONG EARNED HOLLY'S FIRST TWO GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS AND SET HER OFF ON A WHIRLWIND CAREER. OVER THE COURSE OF 25 YEARS, HOLLY RACKED UP THREE GRAMMY AWARD NODS, THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC'S "NEW FEMALE VOCALIST" AWARD (1986) AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION'S "HORIZON AWARD." (1987) IN 1989 HOLLY WAS INDUCTED INTO THE FAMED GRAND OLE OPRY CAST AND ALSO AWARDED "SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR" BY BMI.

ALONG THE WAY, HOLLY HOSTED HER OWN RADIO  SHOW ON WWWW IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN (1997), AND FOR TWO YEARS (2001-02) WAS HOST OF TNN'S "OPRY BACKSTAGE" WEEKLY TELEVISION SHOW.

HOLLY TOURED THE WORLD EXTENSIVELY THROUGHOUT HER CAREER. SHE RECORDED 10 ALBUMS, AND ACHIEVED AT LEAST TOP TEN STATUS FOR 14 OF HER SINGLES, REACHING THE COVETED NUMBER ONE SPOT FOUR TIMES. "MILESTONES," HER GREATEST HITS PACKAGE, WAS CERTIFIED GOLD SHORTLY AFTER RELEASE IN 1991.

BUT... HOLLY'S TALENTS DID NOT BEGIN AND END WITH MUSIC. BECAUSE HER MOTHER WAS A TALENTED OIL PAINTER, HOLLY GREW UP WITH A NATURAL LOVE AND TALENT FOR MAKING FINE ART AS WELL. TO THAT END, IN 2003 HOLLY KEPT A LONG STANDING PROMISE TO HERSELF AND WALKED AWAY FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS TO PURSUE HER PASSION FOR ART.

SHE JOKED IN INTERVIEWS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, THAT SHE ONLY MADE MUSIC TO PAY FOR HER ART SUPPLIES. SHE WAS ABLE TO PURSUE HER CRAFT FULL TIME AND IT WAS A GIFT THAT HOLLY DID NOT TAKE LIGHTLY. WITH THE SAME COMBINATION OF HARD WORK AND GOD GIVEN TALENT, HOLLY ONCE AGAIN TURNED HER PASSION INTO SUCCESS.

SHE WORKED PRIMARILY IN THE MEDIUM OF SOFT PASTELS AND HOLLY'S FAVORITE SUBJECTS WERE THE ICONS AND ARCHITECTURE OF AMERICA'S GREAT SOUTHWEST AND THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS. HER WORK BORDERS ON PHOTOGRAPHIC WITH A WARM, ALMOST SPIRITUAL LIGHT THAT RADIATES THROUGHOUT.

HOLLY'S LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTIONS AND MUSIC CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING THE STORE TAB HERE ON HER WEBSITE.

 

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Holly with Loretta Lynn at the Opry.



 

HOLLY'S NUMBER ONE RECORDS

 LOVE SOMEONE LIKE ME  (MTM)

 ONLY WHEN I LOVE  (MTM)

 ARE YOU EVER GONNA LOVE ME  (WARNER BROTHERS)

 YOU REALLY HAD ME GOING  (WB) - VIDEO ALSO #1

 

HOLLY'S TOP 10 RECORDS

 THERE GOES MY HEART AGAIN  (MTM)

 A FACE IN THE CROWD (WB)  DUET WITH MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHY - GRAMMY NOMINEE

 HEART FULL OF LOVE (WB)

 DADDY'S HANDS  (MTM) - TWO TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE

 STRANGERS AGAIN  (MTM)

 THAT'S WHAT YOUR LOVE DOES TO ME  (MTM)

 SOMEDAY  (MTM)

 

HOLLY'S TOP 20/40

 TWO TOO MANY  (MTM)

 MAYBE  (WB)  DUET WITH KENNY ROGERS - GOLD

 MY ANNIVERSARY FOR BEING A FOOL  (WB)

 MAYBE I MEAN YES  (WB)

 NO ONE TAKES THE TRAIN ANYMORE  (WB)

 GOLDEN YEARS  (WB)

 NO LOVE HAVE I  (WB)

 I AM WHO I AM  (RIVER NORTH)

 COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS  (RN)

 LEAVE ONE BRIDGE STANDING  (RN)

 

HOLLY'S LP'S

 HOLLY DUNN - 1986 (MTM)

 CORNERSTONE - 1987 (MTM)

 ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE - 1988 (MTM)

 THE BLUE ROSE OF TEXAS - 1989 (WB)

 HEARTFULL OF LOVE - 1990 (WB)

 MILESTONES (GREATEST HITS) - 1991 (WB) - GOLD

 GETTING IT DUNN - 1992 (WB)

 LIFE & LOVE & ALL THE STAGES - 1996 (RN)

 LEAVE ONE BRIDGE STANDING - 1997 (RN)

 FULL CIRCLE - 2003 (Holly Dunn Enterprises)