Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, were most gracious with their time and words.
It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Jolie Holliday, which she submitted to this site on Wednesday 6 September 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Jolie Holliday who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 6 September 2006.
‘Thank you for the great tribute website and for allowing me the privilege of voicing my opinion on one of the most talented vocalists of the last three decades.
Although I had heard of him, I became a true Gene Watson fan when I had the honour of opening a show for him at the age of fourteen.
Gene is one of those rare song stylists who possesses the ability to take the writer’s emotions and deliver them as though he was singing about his own personal experiences.
If the general listening audience had the musical knowledge of those in the industry, I believe Gene Watson would have been one of the megastars of country music.
Gene continues to stay true to his traditional roots and, like fine wine, he gets better with age. The fact that very few of his hit songs have been covered by other artists, only proves that once Gene Watson sings a song, it has been sung’
Thank you, Jolie Holliday, for your support of Gene Watson.
Jolie Holliday is a native of Dallas, Texas where she was born on Tuesday 17 March 1981.
As a little girl, Jolie Holliday’s mother introduced her to the love of music. By the age of five, Jolie Holliday 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 Jolie Holliday to believe in herself, and taught her that responsibility, determination and faith were the keys to a successful life.
Jolie Holliday fell deeper in love with country music as the two listened to classic country music greats, including Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 – Monday 6 April 1998), Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016), Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 – Saturday 5 June 1993) and Dolly Parton.
Jolie Holliday began publicly performing in her early teens.
From the age of fifteen, Jolie Holliday had four years of piano under the guidance of Delana Cook (having been singing from the age of eight).
Jolie Holliday also had six years of vocal training from Ken Slaughter, Leona Rupert, Debbie Pierot, Linda Septien, Gary Hogue (Tuesday 30 March 1954 – Sunday 14 May 2000) and Universal Sound recording artist Charlie Shearer.
In March 2000, Jolie Holliday saw the release of her debut album, ‘A Real Good Day’ (Universal Sound Records, 2000 / Shamrock Records, 2000); the album was tremendously successful, garnering the Dallas native a number of awards, and entered the European Country Music Chart at No.1.
Jolie Holliday also received the ‘Young Talent of The Year’ Award at the German Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, as well as ‘Female Vocalist of The Year’ and ‘Album of The Year’ at the CMA Indie Awards in 2001.
Jolie Holliday also supported the release of ‘A Real Good Day’ (Universal Sound Records, 2000 / Shamrock Records, 2000) with a European tour, which took place in 2002.
Jolie Holliday’s ‘A Real Good Day’ (Universal Sound Records, 2000 / Shamrock Records, 2000) included the following tracks:
‘All The Good Ones Are Gone’
‘Hungry Side of Love’
‘Somewhere, Someway, Somehow, Someday’
‘Mr. Man In The Moon’
‘Real Good Day’
‘Once A Day’ (written by Bill Anderson)
‘Shy Little Bayou Love’
‘Big Bad Broken Heart’
‘Full Moons & Half Truths & Empty Promises’
Following the release of her debut album, ‘A Real Good Day’ (Universal Sound Records, 2000 / Shamrock Records, 2000), Jolie Holliday opened shows for a number of country music legends, including Mickey Gilley (Sunday 29 September 1935 – Friday 28 October 2022), Johnny Lee, Restless Heart, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, Collin Raye, Marty Stuart and Jerry Jeff Walker (Monday 16 March 1942 – Friday 24 October 2020).
In July 2009, Jolie Holliday saw the release of ‘Lucky Enough’ (JEH Entertainment, 2009), which included soulful country ballads, true to Jolie’s roots, along with up-tempo honky-tonk tunes, which featured her broad vocal range; the tracks included the following:
‘I’m Coming Home To You’ / this track was released as a single in 2009 and reached the Top 25 on The Texas Music Chart
‘I Don’t Need Champagne’
‘Hard To Be A Lady’
‘I’ll Try Anything’
‘No Thanks’ / this track was released as a single in 2009 and reached No.1 on The Indie World Country Chart
‘Let Me Love You’
‘Driving To Hollywood’
‘What We Gonna Do About It’
Jolie Holliday performed at the half-time show at the 2009 Thanksgiving Dallas Cowboy game, the 2009 and 2010 Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festivals and the 2011 Official Super Bowl Pre-Game in Dallas, Texas.
Jolie Holliday was also seen performing in concert at Chevrolet and NASCAR sponsored events, including The State Fair of Texas, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Allstate 400 and Indianapolis 500.
In August 2012, Jolie Holliday saw the release of ‘Love Was All We Had In Common’ (Hillside Records, 2012), which included the following tracks:
‘Love Was All We Had In Common’
‘Big Mable Murphy’, which was written by Dallas Frazier (Friday 27 October 1939 – Friday 14 January 2022)
‘Shoe Goes On The Other Foot Tonight’
‘Here Comes That Old Time Feeling Again’
‘She’s Gonna Dance’
‘Heart Full of Hurtin’
‘All Through The Night’
‘Good Hearted Woman’, which was written by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) and Willie Nelson
Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded ‘Good Hearted Woman’ (written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson), and included the track on ‘Good Hearted Woman’ (RCA Records, 1972); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1972.
Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded ‘Good Hearted Woman’ (written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson), and included the track on ‘Waylon Live’ (RCA Records, 1976); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in February / March 1976.
Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) & Willie Nelson’s ‘Good Hearted Woman’ was also included on ‘Wanted: The Outlaws’ (RCA Records, 1976).
‘Wanted: The Outlaws’ (RCA Records, 1976) was released on Monday 12 January 1976 and featured Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser (Sunday 3 September 1933 – Tuesday 13 August 2013); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in February / March 1976 and reached No.25 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1976.
On Thursday 15 February 1996, ‘Wanted: The Outlaws’ (RCA Records, 1976 and 1996) was re-issued by RCA Records, as a 20th anniversary re-issue, complete with bonus tracks.
‘Wrong Company’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002) / this track was a duet with Kenny Seratt (Saturday 20 October 1934 – Wednesday 26 August 2015)
In March 2013, Jolie Holliday saw the release of ‘Somebody Who Can’ (JEH Entertainment, 2013), which included the following tracks:
‘Cowboys Are Crazy’
‘Somebody Who Can’
‘Just Because She Always Has’
‘I Just Came Back To Say Goodbye’
‘I Could Die Tonight’
‘Back In Love With You’
‘This Is Me’
‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’
‘If You Can’
‘Whole Bottle of Wine’
Jolie Holliday currently lives in Richardson, Texas. When she’s not performing or recording, Jolie Holliday enjoys working out, horseback riding, boating, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Jolie Holliday has stayed true to her roots and continues to enthusiastically treat fans to her high energy, yet intimate live performances; Jollie Holliday’s shows include a medley of her own hits, as well as timeless country music favourites.
Jolie Holliday actively supports local charitable organisations, such as Wednesday’s Child, Rise & Shine and The Special Olympics.