Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Holly Dunn loses cancer battle
The sister of songwriter Chris Waters, Dunn recorded for MTM Records between 1985-1988, Warner Bros. Records between 1988–93, and River North Records between 1995-97, and released ten albums and charted nineteen singles plus two duets on the Hot Country Songs charts. Two of her single releases, "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and "You Really Had Me Going", went to number one.
After graduating college, Dunn moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a demo singer before both she and Waters became songwriters at CBS Records, and then MTM Records. Louise Mandrell had a top 10 hit in 1984 with "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet", which the two co-wrote.
Her first Top 10 hit came in 1986, when "Daddy's Hands" went to number 7.
In 2003, Dunn announced her retirement from her musical career to devote full-time to her other passion, art. She released her final album, Full Circle, which was her first gospel album, in 2003. Her paintings deal primarily with subjects from the southwestern United States, and are available through the Peña+Dunn Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On November 15, 2016 Dunn died of ovarian cancer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 59.
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