Country music legend Ronnie Dunn has led an interesting life. Born on June 1, 1953 in Coleman, Texas, Ronnie Gene Dunn attended 13 different schools in 12 years. He attended Abilene Christian University majoring in psychology. While in college he was a music and youth minister, but after hours he and his band played in bars around the Abilene area. Later, he and his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa he gained more experience playing in local honky-tonks such as Tulsa City Limits. In 1989, a friend and band mate, Jamie Oldaker, entered Dunn in a talent show sponsored by Marlboro. Dunn won the contest and it landed him a recording session in Nashville.
1990 Was a Good Year for Ronnie Dunn
In 1990, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks formed the group Brooks & Dunn. In 1991, they released their first album together, Brand New Man. While Brooks and Dunn were launching their duo career, Ronnie gained another very important partner in his life, his wife Janine. Ronnie and his wife of almost 28 years, said “I do” on May 19, 1990.
The Dunn Family
Janine and Ronnie have raised 3 children together, daughter Whitney, son Jesse, and youngest daughter Haley. They’re also grandparents to Huxton and Ryder. They reside just outside of Nashville on a farm, in a home they lovingly call “the barn”. Living on 600 acres of beautiful Tennessee country gives their family plenty of space to spend time making memories together. In an online interview with Country Living, Dunn shares, “There is a quietness and peace here that I can’t find anywhere else.” Dunn loves to spend time fishing, hiking, and horseback riding with his family, especially the grandsons. He also enjoys his new interest in photography and has posted some amazing shots on Instagram. During an interview with OneCountry Dunn says, “When I kind of left the Brooks and Dunn thing, I just didn’t have anything to do with my hands, so I needed something creative to do.” He definitely has an eye for capturing beautiful images. Take a moment to check out his Instagram pictures. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
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Here’s to wishing Ronnie and Janine Dunn many more years of love and happiness. Continue living the dream!
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