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Jolie Holliday & Sonny Burgess
May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
International Country Music Star Jolie Holliday was born in Dallas, Texas. As a little girl, her mother introduced her to the love of music. By age five, she was belting out tunes for friends and family. Much of her childhood was spent with her grandfather on his ranch, “The Bar T”, in Karnack, Texas. While working together on the ranch, he encouraged her to believe in herself, and taught her responsibility, determination and faith were the keys to a successful life. She fell deeper in love with country music as the two listened to classic country greats like Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, & Dolly Parton. She began publicly performing in her early teens.
Jolie’s debut CD “A Real Good Day” was tremendously successful, garnering the Dallas native a number of awards, and entered the European charts at #1! She also received the Young Talent of the Year award at the German CMA Awards as well as Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year at the CMA Indie Awards. Her follow-up CD “Lucky Enough” includes soulful country ballads, true to Jolie’s roots, along with up-tempo honky-tonk tunes, which feature her broad vocal range. The single “No Thanks,” reached #1 on the IndieWorld Country Chart. “I’m Coming Home To You” was in the top 20 on the Texas Music Charts. Her current CD, “Somebody Who Can” with the single release of “Waffle House” has received huge response on National Radio and the title cut, “Somebody Who Can” is quickly moving up the Texas Radio chart.
Since her debut, Jolie has opened for such great artists as Thompson Square, Pat Green, Neal McCoy, Lee Ann Womack, Collin Raye, Randy Travis, Stoney LaRue, Sonny Burgess and Marty Stuart to name a few. She performed at the 2011 Official Super Bowl Pre-Game in Dallas, TX, the 2009 & 2010 CMA Music Fest, and the half-time show at the 2009 Thanksgiving Dallas Cowboy game.
Sonny Burgess is a true Traditional Country Music Artist. The natural ease he exudes on stage is a hint that this ain’t his first rodeo. He is a CMA Artist Winner and Texas Country Music Hall of Famer. His discography of four releases has scored 11 top 10’s in the Texas Country Music Charts Burgess has hosted the Nashville Fan Fair/CMA Music Festival and the International Music Awards. He has played the Grand Old Opry on several occasions and walked the Red Carpet at the American Country Music Awards. In addition he has played three times for former President George W. Bush during his campaign trail (twice in Iowa and once in Ohio). He’s built his career in Texas and Tennessee bringing inevitable good lessons hard earned. Standing here today Sonny demonstrates that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Born and raised in Cleburne, Texas he grew up listening to the music of George Strait, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark and Glen Campbell. These Country Stars had a big influence on him and from his first performance on stage in the second grade, Burgess knew that he loved the stage and sharing his natural ability to play and sing was the path for him. “I remember it was the only time I got the attention of my first real crush,” jokes Sonny. “But it was really the reaction of my peers and teachers that made me feel like this was something I really wanted to do for the rest of my life.”