November 14, 2016 was a sad day for the country music community. That’s the day that country singer Holly Dunn passed away following a battle with ovarian cancer.
Dunn first got her start in music in 1985. She released a total of ten albums and saw 19 singles chart before she announced her retirement in 2003. Some of her most recognizable songs include “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” and “You Really Had Me Going,” which were both number one hits.
Other than those songs, Dunn was known for her 1986 single “Daddy’s Hands.” The emotional tune was Dunn’s breakout hit, and was her first to reach the top ten on the charts. It ended up peaking at the seventh position.
After she retired, Dunn devoted herself to another one of her passions in life. She loved art, and spent her days painting brilliant Southwestern-style landscapes.
Dunn first confirmed her cancer diagnosis during an interview with Hallels in June 2016. Although Dunn was aware that the outcome didn’t look good, she showed no fear.
“I was diagnosed with a rare,very aggressive form of ovarian cancer. If you read the statistics, it is very bleak. Good thing I don’t believe in statistics!” she said, going on to add that her faith was the main force helping her through her battle. “I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God.”
After Dunn passed away, details concerning her funeral were pending. Now, some of those details have finally come to light.
It turns out that there will not be a traditional funeral for Dunn, but rather a celebration of life. Music Row reports on the details of the event, which is scheduled to take place at 6 PM on March 30 at BMI Nashville’s Office.
All are welcome to attend the event with a minimum $25 donation. The proceeds will be donated to help fund research for ovarian carcinosarcoma.
Those who attend Dunn’s celebration of life will be able to participate in a silent auction. There will also be live music, and the performers will be announced at a later date.
If anyone were to sing “Daddy’s Hands” at Dunn’s celebration of life, it should be Miranda Lambert. Following Dunn’s death, Lambert took to social media with an emotional message, writing how much she inspired her.
“By singing along with her cassette tape I learned to sing,” she wrote. “Daddy’s Hands was the very first song I ever learned and sang in public.”
So sad to hear about Holly Dunn passing. She was a big inspiration to me. By singing along with her cassette tape I…
There’s no doubt that Dunn’s influence can be felt all throughout country music today. She’s so dearly missed.