August 22, 1957 – November 15, 2016
Holly Dunn is perhaps best remembered for her 1986 country hit, “Daddy’s Hands,” but she had several more hits throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s. After graduating from college where she played in a local band, Dunn moved to Nashville to follow her dreams of becoming a country singer and songwriter. initially finding work as a session singer and songwriter for CBS Records, Dunn began turning heads when her (and brother Chris Waters‘) “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet,” became a top 10 hit for Louise Mandrell. The following year, she signed with MTM Records who released her self-titled debut which spawned three moderate hit singles until the fourth, “Daddy’s Hands,” brought her national acclaim. Over the course of her career, she released 10 albums which contained 21 charting singles. Outside of making records and touring, Dunn found time to work as a popular morning DJ at WWWW in Detroit, MI. She also co-hosted Opry Backstage for TNN for about two years. In 2003, she announced her retirement so she could spend more time on her other hobby, art. Her paintings have been displayed in a gallery in Santa Fe, NM. In March of 2016, Dunn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which ultimately took her life on November 15, 2016. She was 59.