Holly Wynnette

When country fans hear the name Holly Wynnette, they might wonder if she is related to Tammy Wynette, the late country-pop superstar who gave us major hits like "Stand By Your Man," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "I Don't Wanna Play House," and "The Ways to Love a Man." But, in fact, they are unrelated; and Holly Wynnette, unlike Tammy Wynette, spells her last name with two n's instead of only one. Favoring a waifish, sweetly girlish style of singing, Holly Wynnette is a country-pop/adult contemporary vocalist from South Carolina. She is far from a country purist; much of her material is country mixed with rock and pop, and her adult contemporary offerings are more pop than anything. Wynnette was born and raised in Columbia, SC, where she started singing at the age of five, in addition to studying piano, ballet, and tap dancing. Growing up, she entered various state beauty pageants and was crowned Little Miss South Carolina in 1989 and Teen Miss South Carolina in 1994. Wynnette also won various local talent contests, and she traveled to Nashville and Los Angeles in the hope of making connections in the music business. In the early 2000s, Wynnette came to the attention of Ray Ruff, a veteran producer, arranger, and promoter who, over the years, had worked with everyone from Hank Williams Jr. to Pat Boone. Ruff was starting a new Los Angeles-based label called HitPros, and Wynnette became his first signing. In 2001, Ruff co-produced Wynnette's debut album, My Future Ex-Boyfriend. HitPros released the title song as a single in early January 2002, and the album itself came out the following month. ~ Alex Henderson

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