Dunn in April 2010
|Birth name||Ronnie Gene Dunn|
June 1, 1953 |
Coleman, Texas, U.S.
|Origin||Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Years active||1983–1989; 2010–present (solo career)
1990–2010, 2015-present (Brooks & Dunn)
|Labels||MCA/Churchill, Arista Nashville, Little Will-E Records, NASH Icon|
|Associated acts||Kix Brooks|
Ronnie Gene Dunn (born June 1, 1953) is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. He is best known for being one-half of Brooks & Dunn. In 2011, Dunn began working as a solo artist following the breakup of Brooks & Dunn. He released his self-titled debut album for Arista Nashville on June 7, 2011, reaching the Top 10 with its lead-off single "Bleed Red". In 2013, after leaving Arista Nashville in 2012, Dunn founded Little Will-E Records. On April 8, 2014, Ronnie Dunn released his second solo album, Peace, Love, and Country Music through his own Little Will-E Records. After trying out the independent scene, Dunn later signed with the newly launched Big Machine label NASH Icon.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Musical career
- 3 Awards
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
Dunn was born in Coleman, Texas, and attended 13 schools in his first 12 years of school. He began school in New Mexico and finished his formal education at Abilene Christian University in 1975 as a psychology major. When he began playing bass guitar and singing with bands in clubs in the Abilene, Texas, area, the university gave him the choice of either quitting the band or the university. He chose to leave the university and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a chance at the country music scene. He lived there for many years while drawing much inspiration from local honky tonks such as Tulsa City Limits, which is prominently featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn's hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie". While he was in college, he served as a music and youth minister at Avoca Baptist Church in Avoca, Texas.
Brooks & Dunn
Ronnie began his musical career as a solo artist. He charted two minor singles with Churchill/MCA Records: in 1983 he released "It's Written All Over Your Face", and in 1984, "She Put the Sad in All His Songs". In 1990, he and Kix Brooks formed Brooks & Dunn. In 1991 they released their first album, Brand New Man, certified 6x platinum by the RIAA. Brooks & Dunn released 12 studio albums, two greatest hits albums, and a Christmas album.
Brooks & Dunn sold over 30 million records, had 20 number one singles on Billboard, and were one of the most consistently successful acts on the concert circuit. In 2009, they announced that they would disband in 2010.
2011-2012: Debut Solo Album and departure from Sony
In late 2010, Dunn announced that he was working on a solo album. The album's first single, "Bleed Red", was released to country radio on January 29, 2011, and debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending February 19, 2011 and ended as a Top 10, his first of his solo career. Dunn's self-titled album Ronnie Dunn was released on June 7, 2011. The second single from the album, "Cost of Livin'", was released on June 6, 2011, and debuted at number 56 on the country chart. It peaked at number 19, followed by "Let the Cowboy Rock" at number 31.
In June of 2012 Ronnie Dunn took to social media to ask his fans what the fourth single on the album should be. Shortly after, Ronnie got a call from the executives at Sony Music saying that his "fb post killed the "Let The Cowboy Rock" single. He then requested for radio to start playing "Once" as the next single. Before the song could be released to radio as a single, he was released from the label.
2013-2014: Little Will-E Records and Peace, Love, and Country Music
In March of 2013, Ronnie Dunn previewed the song "Country This" on Sound Cloud. On June 4, 2013, Ronnie released the two new tracks, "Country This" and "Kiss You There", exclusively on iTunes. The songs were each previewed for a month on The Highway on Sirius XM.
On July 9, 2013, Dunn announced his new record deal, a joint effort between HitShop Records and his own label Little Will-E Records with HitShop executing radio promotion while Dunn retains personal brand control. The lead off single for his second solo album, "Kiss You There", was released to country radio on July 29, 2013. After an unsuccessful run with "Kiss You There", Dunn and HitShop Records parted ways.
On November 19, 2013, Dunn released the second single from the forthcoming album, "Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes". In January 2014 Dunn also released "Grown Damn Man" as a promotional single from the second solo album. The album, Peace, Love and Country Music, was released on April 8, 2014.
2014-Present: Nash Icon record deal and third solo album
On December 1, 2014, Ronnie Dunn began to speculate on his Facebook page that he had signed with the newest imprint of Big Machine Label Group, NASH Icon, but the label never confirmed nor denied. On January 12, 2015, President of Big Machine Scott Borchetta officially announced that Dunn had joined Reba McEntire and Martina McBride making him the third artist to join the roster. Borchetta stated in a press release "Ronnie Dunn has one of the smoothest, most-recognized and most-popular voices of the last twenty five years in Country music. I’m truly honored to have him join us and take his rightful place as an Icon. Great music is on the way". Dunn also commented in the article saying This is the best possible scenario that I can imagine. The Big Machine and Cumulus combination is a force, and I am proud to be included in this innovative venture". The press release went on to announce that Ronnie Dunn was about it hit the studio to record what will be his third solo album and that the lead off single of the album will be released in early spring of 2015.
The lead off single for Ronnie's forthcoming third solo album, "Ain't No Trucks In Texas", was released on July 17, 2015.
Ronnie Dunn has over 15 Grammy nominations, has won 24 Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Million-Airplay awards and BMI Country Music Songwriter of the Year in 1996 and 2001. He has received more than 27 ACM awards, winning Top Vocal Duo every year since 1991 except for 2000 when the honor went to Montgomery Gentry and 2007 and 2009 when the honor went to Sugarland, including three Entertainer of the Year awards and vocal event of the year in 2005, for their hit "Building Bridges" with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow's background vocals, along with his Single of the Year for his gospel song "Believe". He is a member of the Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas Music Halls Of Fame. Brooks and Dunn have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music. Dunn was also the National Anthem singer before Game 3 of the 2011 World Series in Arlington, Texas.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Peace, Love, and Country Music||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country Airplay
|1983||"It's Written All Over Your Face"||59||—||—||—||N/A|
|1984||"She Put the Sad in All His Songs"||59||—||—||—|
|2011||"Bleed Red"||10||—||62||78||Ronnie Dunn|
|"Cost of Livin'"||19||—||86||—|
|2012||"Let the Cowboy Rock"||32||—||—||—|
|2013||"Kiss You There"||—||60||—||—||Peace, Love, and Country Music|
|"I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes"||—||—||—||—|
|2015||"Ain't No Trucks in Texas"||—||42||—||—||TBD|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2007||"I Don't Want To"||Ashley Monroe||37||Satisfied|
|2009||"Garth Must Be Busy"||Cledus T. Judd||—||Polyrically Uncorrect|
|2014||"Pray for Peace"||Reba McEntire||—||Love Somebody|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2013||"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
(Kelly Clarkson featuring Ronnie Dunn)
|Wrapped in Red|
|2011||"Bleed Red"||Thien Phan|
|"Love Owes Me One"|
|"I Can't Help Myself"|
|"How Far to Waco"|
|"Cost of Livin'"|
|2012||"Let the Cowboy Rock"|
|2013||"Kiss You There"||Sherman Halsey|
|2014||"You Don't Know Me"|
|2015||"Ain't No Trucks In Texas"||Peter Zavadil|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Inspirational Country Music Awards||Mainstream Inspirational Country Song - "Bleed Red"||Nominated|
|2013||55th Grammy Awards||Best Country Song- "Cost of Livin'"||Nominated|
|Best Country Solo Performance- "Cost of Livin'"||Nominated|
- Ronnie Dunn
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- Peak chart positions for featured singles on the Billboard Country Songs:
- "Ashley Monroe Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
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