Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b Holly Suzette Dunn, 22 Aug. '57, San Antonio TX) Multi-talented country singer-songwriter; daughter of Church of Christ minister, sister of noted Nashville-based songwriter Chris Waters. Lead singer with Freedom Folk Singers representing Texas at White House Bicentennial Celebrations '76. While studying advertising and public relations at university, joined Hilltop Singers. Moved to Nashville, sang demos and became successful songwriter (Louise Mandrell, Marie Osmond, Cristy Lane, etc recorded her songs). Landed record deal with MTM '84, making top ten with 'Daddy's Hands' '86, 'A Face In The Crowd' (duet with Michael Martin Murphey) '87, 'Love Someone Like Me' '87, 'Are You Ever Gonna Love Me' no.1 '89, 'You Really Had Me Going' no. 1 '90. She had signed with Warner Bros '88, duetted with Kenny Rogers on 'Maybe' '90, but then upset radio with 'Maybe I Mean Yes', which proved controversial during the 'date-rape' debate and virtually finished Dunn's career as a major act. She stopped recording in '92, but resurfaced on River North Records in '95 with a harder-edged country style. Albums incl. Cornerstone '87, Across The Rio Grande '88 (both MTM); The Blue Rose Of Texas '89, Heart Full Of Love '90, Milestones '91, Getting It Dunn '92 (all on WB) Life And Love And All The Stages '95 on River North.