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Holly Lynn to sing at Pacer's game; looking forward to 2008Posted Friday, December 28, 2007, at 4:28 PM
Prior to tip-off of Saturday night's Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons professional basketball game at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Linton native Holly (Dunn) Lynn will be singing the National Anthem at courtside.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
For Lynn, it's her second opportunity to sing before a Pacers game.
She was invited back this year after doing the National Anthem last December.
She's excited about her latest gig.
"I'm really honored and grateful to be able to go back again this year," she says. "It really works out nicely since I am here (in Indiana) for Christmas."
The 1999 Linton-Stockton High graduate is holding on to her dream of some day being able to leave her "day job" and sing full time professionally.
In her full-time job, Lynn works in the administration department for EMI Christian Music Group in Brentwood, Tenn.
She continues to perform on a regular basis -- at least once a month -- at the Nashville Cowboy Church, an interdenominational congregation located on the grounds of the old Opryland theme park and adjacent to the Opryland Hotel.
The church accommodates a large number of tourists and is pastored by Terry Yates, who is married to Joann Cash -- a sister to the late Johnny Cash.
Holly has developed a friendship with Joann Cash that she hopes will open some networking opportunities for other singing performances.
"I'm not sure what can develop from that friendship, but I am certainly enjoying being a part of that ministry at the Cowboy Church," she said.
She sang at the Smokey Mountain Cowboy Church in Pigeon Forge in September.
After graduating in 1999 as the valedictorian of her Linton-Stockton High School class, Lynn ventured to Nashville to attend Belmont University where she graduated summa cum laude in May -- earning a Bachelor of Music degree in commercial music with an emphasis in vocal performance.
Holly was recently appointed to the Belmont University Young Alumni Council. In February, she'll go back to the college and speak to current school of music students about the challenges of trying to hold down a full-time job and still pursue a musical career.
Holly often performs at the French Quarter Café in East Nashville and she also has appeared as a guest vocalist at The Sutler, The Second Fiddle, Otter's and is frequent performer at Edge Hills Studios -- a popular coffee house.
For now, the Linton native says she is holding tight to her dream of embarking on a professional musical career some day.
"I'm looking forward to what 2008 will bring. I've already started taking bookings and we're running into May. So I am excited to already have some stuff down on the calendar," she said. "With continuing to network and sing a lot in Nashville and on the radio, I hope that extra exposure is helping to get my name out. I just try to keep a lot of irons in the fire and pray that some day that my moment is going to come my way. I'm certainly having fun doing what I'm doing."
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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