Ronnie Dunn, born Ronald Gene Dunn on June 1, 1953, is a highly acclaimed American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. After the temporary breakup of the famous duo Brooks & Dunn, Dunn embarked on a successful solo career in 2011. His self-titled debut album, released on June 7, 2011, under Arista Nashville, quickly gained popularity, with its lead single “Bleed Red” reaching the Top 10 charts. In 2012, Dunn founded his own record label, Little Will-E Records, after parting ways with Arista Nashville. Subsequently, on April 8, 2014, he released his second solo album, “Peace, Love, and Country Music,” through his independent label. Continuing his musical journey, on November 11, 2016, he introduced his third album, “Tattooed Heart,” under the NASH Icon label. Most recently, his fourth album, “Re-Dunn,” was released on January 10, 2020.
Dunn’s remarkable contributions to country music were recognized when he was inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019. Born in Coleman, Texas, Dunn had a nomadic childhood, attending 13 different schools within his first 12 years of education. He completed his formal studies at Abilene Christian University in 1975, majoring in psychology. While pursuing his education, Dunn simultaneously nurtured his passion for music, playing bass guitar and singing in various bands across clubs in the Abilene, Texas area. Eventually, his dedication to music led him to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he resided for several years and drew inspiration from local honky tonks like Tulsa City Limits, famously featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn’s hit song, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” During his time in college, Dunn served as a music and youth minister at Avoca Baptist Church in Avoca, Texas.
Dunn’s musical career commenced as a solo artist, initially signing with Churchill/MCA Records. In 1983, he released the single “It’s Written All Over Your Face,” followed by “She Put the Sad in All His Songs” in 1984. In 1990, Dunn joined forces with Kix Brooks to form the renowned duo, Brooks & Dunn. They released their first album, “Brand New Man,” in 1991, which achieved an impressive 6x platinum certification from the RIAA. Over the years, Brooks & Dunn produced 12 studio albums, two greatest hits albums, and a Christmas album, selling over 30 million copies worldwide. They secured an astonishing twenty number-one singles on the Billboard charts and gained immense popularity through their consistent success on the concert circuit. In 2009, the duo announced a temporary disbandment, effective in 2010.
However, on December 3, 2014, Brooks & Dunn reunited and embarked on a series of concerts alongside Reba McEntire throughout the summer and fall of 2015. This reunion rekindled their creative energy, and in 2019, they returned to the studio to record a new album titled “Reboot.” This album featured reimagined duet versions of their greatest hits, collaborating with emerging country music stars. “Reboot” was released on April 5, 2019, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
In addition to his accomplishments as a singer, Dunn has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. He boasts 15 Grammy nominations, 24 BMI Million-Airplay awards, and was honored as the BMI Country Music Songwriter of the Year in 1996 and 2001. With 27 ACM awards under his belt, he has consistently won Top Vocal Duo since 1991, except for 2000 and 2007-2009. Brooks & Dunn’s impact on country music is undeniable, with an extensive collection of Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards, surpassing any other act in the genre’s history. Moreover, Dunn’s remarkable vocal talent earned him the privilege of performing the National Anthem before Game 3 of the 2011 World Series in Arlington, Texas.
Ronnie Dunn’s unwavering dedication to his craft and his enduring contributions to country music have solidified his status as a legendary figure in the industry. As he continues to captivate audiences with his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, fans eagerly await his future musical endeavors.
Born: June 1, 1953, Coleman, Texas, United States
Spouse: Janine Dunn (married. 1990)
Children: Jesse Dunn, Haley Dunn, Whitney Dunn
Height: 1.93 m
Parents: Jesse Eugene Dunn, Gladys Inez Thurmon Dunn