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ACU Remembers: Holly Dunn

ACU Remembers: Holly Dunn

By on November 16, 2016 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 1 Comment

Singer-songwriter Holly Suzette Dunn (’79), the only Abilene Christian University graduate to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, died Nov. 14, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M., following a short battle with cancer. She was 59. Funeral arrangements are pending. Dunn was born Aug. 22, 1957, in San Antonio. An ACU Sing Song hostess in 1979 and member of the Hilltoppers […]

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10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

By on April 23, 2015 in 10 Questions, Alumni News, Features, Series with 1 Comment

A native of Abilene, Zane Williams (’99) nearly gave up his dreams of a music career, nine years after pursuing it in Nashville, Tenn, following graduation. After a return to Texas, his instinctive feel for songwriting began to open doors. His poignant album title cut, “Hurry Home,” won the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year honor in the John […]

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Zane Williams to follow Aaron Watson at Opry

Zane Williams to follow Aaron Watson at Opry

By on April 8, 2015 in Alumni News with 0 Comments

In a place where country music history runs deep, a little ACU tradition is starting to emerge as well. Earlier this month, Aaron Watson (’00) became the third former Abilene Christian University student to play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Later this month, Zane Williams (’99) will become the second Wildcat in a […]

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Watson, album are on top of country world

Watson, album are on top of country world

By on February 25, 2015 in Alumni News with 0 Comments

A little more than 52 miles of pavement on Highway 84 separate their West Texas hometowns – Abilene and Coleman – but Aaron Watson (’00) and Ronnie Dunn (’76), respectively, share an alma mater, a fierce independent spirit and now, a piece of music history. Today, Watson became the second former Abilene Christian University student in nearly four years to […]

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Watson to play iconic Nashville music venues

Watson to play iconic Nashville music venues

By on February 12, 2015 in Alumni News with 0 Comments

You can pinch Aaron Watson (’00) and let the Abilene Christian University graduate know he’s no longer dreaming: He’s about to put his well-worn Cowboy boots on two of the biggest stages in his chosen line of work. One of the brightest young stars in Texas country music, Watson will perform Sunday night (Feb. 15) at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, […]

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