Music Industry & Fans Worldwide Mourn Loss Of Holly Dunn
Award winning country singer Holly Dunn has walked off into a beautiful southwestern sunset hand-in-hand with her Lord and Savior. Dunn, 59, had been battling a rare form of ovarian cancer since February 2016. She died last night (14) at the Gentiva Hospice at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.
The 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 titled "Daddy's Hands." The song earned her first two Grammy Award nominations and set her off on a whirlwind career. Over the course of the next two decades, Holly racked up three Grammy Award nods, the Academy of Country Music's ACM "New Female Vocalist" award in 1986 and the Country Music Association's CMA "Horizon Award" in 1987. She was inducted into the cast of the famed "Grand Ole Opry" in 1989, and the same year was awarded "Songwriter of the Year" by BMI.
Her diverse talent found her hosting her own radio show on Detroit radio station WWWW in 1997 and followijng radio with a two year stint beginning in 2001 on television as host of The Nashville Network's (TNN) "Opry Backstage" weekly telecast from Nashville.
Holly toured the world extensively throughout her career, including multiple tours to perform for the US military stationed overseas. She recorded ten albums and achieved Top 10 status for 14 singles, reaching the coveted #1 on the country music charts four times. Her greatest hits package, "Milestones" was certified gold by RIAA shortly after being released in 1991.
Her talents did not begin and end with music. Because her mother was a gifted oil painter, Holly grew up with a natural love and talent for creating beautiful artwork. In 2003, she kept a long standing promise to herself, walking away from the music business to pursue her passion for art.
Joking in interviews throughout the years that she "only made music to pay for her art supplies," Holly worked in pastels and mixed media with her favorite subjects being the icons and architecture of the great American Southwest.
Holly's life will be honored with a "Celebration of Life" to be held this Friday (18) 5 to 7 PM at the Dossman Funeral Home in Belton, TX. The gathering with be followed by services on Saturday (19) to be held at the United Methodist Church in Salado, TX at 1:00 PM. She will be laid to rest with family in Salado.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to please send donations in Holly's name to the GSC Foundation. The link provides direct access to make donations to Mass General Hospital for the worthy cause of finding a cure for ovarian carcinosarcoma.