Jolie Holliday and Sonny Burgess
a True Fort Worth Connection
Jolie and Sonny Burgess are a genuine Ft. Worth country music connection. The talented, loving couple share their passion for music, life, charity, and each other. Jolie and Sonny met through Cook Children’s Health Care System in the Child Life Zone Music Therapy department where Sonny is the Director of Clinical Programming and Jolie volunteers. They worked together several years before finally making their connection permanent in July of 2017. This wonderful couple share remarkably similar backgrounds in growing up; both musically inclined from an early age along with natural athleticism and outgoing personalities. The spark to capture a crowd and entertain hit each of them early in life, and both had the skill to make that spark grow.
Sonny started his entertainment career at church and school in Cleburne, TX. He worked Jr. High School shows and on to High School dances. Sonny exhibited talent in both music and baseball. Initially it looked like baseball would be his future, leading to roles in high school, college teams, and ultimately to AA ball with the Dodgers organization. But ultimately his first love of music won out. Sonny toured the southwest country music scene with shows in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. This lead to song writing and eventually recording in Nashville, performances at the Grand Old Opry, winning CMA artist award and ultimately resulting in 4 albums released. Sonny is a Texas Country Music Hall of Famer. From the twinkle in his eye to his firm handshake, it is easy to see that Sonny Burgess is a true traditional country artist with a heart as big as Texas.
Inspired by her mother, Jolie similarly began at a young age in Dallas, TX entertaining family. Then came county fairs and festivals, small town opries and various shows. She also exhibited a talent for sports: playing basketball, softball, volleyball, and cheerleading. This natural talent and outgoing energy couldn’t help but shine through. With family encouragement came the next level: professional engagements both in the US and internationally, reaching #1 on the European charts. Nashville recording and CD releases followed, and in time Jolie entertained crowds on bigger stages at the Texas State Fair, NASCAR, Chevrolet Auto Shows, CMA Music Fest, WinStar World Casino and Resort, and Choctaw Casino.
With so much background in common, it was no wonder that fate would bring these two together, sharing in a life filled with passion for music, charity, faith, and each other. That passion is just as natural and exceptional as their talent and personalities.
Jolie and Sonny now pour their energies into not only their music, but more importantly, into supporting youth and charity via Cook Children’s Health Care System, their own Music Heals Network Charity, a Wish with Wings Charity, The Ben Hogan Foundation, and many others.
Jolie and Sonny have performed together across Texas and surrounding states, with the most recent highlight coming at Casa Manana theater where Jolie performed the lead role of a country music legend in the Broadway presentation Always, Patsy Cline. Sonny, along with a full band ensemble, supported and delivered a very successful show. Jolie’s delivery of the classic Patsy Cline hits were truly wonderful, full volume and resonating in faithful tribute to Patsy. You may have also seen them at the annual Christmas in Cowtown parade. Jolie and Sonny’s first love is country music but they also perform a broader range including songs of the 70s through 2000’s as well as gospel.
Jolie and Sonny have won numerous accolades and awards over the years, some of which are listed here:
When In Texas
Have You Got a Song Like That
All About the Ride
Terry Awards - Male Vocalist of the Year -1990
FBI National Academy Association Special Recognition Award - 1992
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee - 2005
CMA Artist Winner
Humanitarian Award - 2016
The Hope Award - Fort Worth Business Press - 2017
Career Highlights and Performances
Texas Country Music Chart – 11 top 10 songs
Nashville Fan Fair / CMA Music Festival – Host
International Music Awards – Host
American Country Music Awards – Red Carpet Appearances
President George W Bush Campaign Trail – 3 Appearances (Ohio and Iowa)
A Real Good Day
Somebody Who Can
Young Talent of the Year 2000, CMA Germany
Female Vocalist of the Year 2001, CMA Indie Awards
Album of the Year for “A Real Good Day”, CMA Indie Awards
#1 on Indie World Country Chart for “No Thanks”
Top 20 Texas Music Charts for “I’m Coming Home to You”
Telly Award - "Waffle House" Music Video-2014
Daughter's of the American Revolution Award
Career Highlights and Performances
2021 Casa Mana Theater, Broadway’s “Always, Patsy Cline” lead role
2013 Chris Kyle Memorial Service performing “Soldier” per Kyle family request
2011 Official Super Bowl Pre-Game, Dallas TX
2010 & 2009 CMA Music Fest
2009 Thanksgiving Dallas Cowboys Half Time Show
2007 Daytona 500 – National Anthem performance, 8 shows per day
2007 Rock N Roll 400 in Richmond VA (nationally televised ABC)
2006 Texas Motor Speedway – National Anthem (nationally televised Fox)
WFAA TV’s Good Morning Texas performing “Soldier” and “Waffle House”
Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC TV at the North Texas Chevy Music Showcase
Texas State Fair, Bud Light Stage – 15 consecutive year performances (24 day run)
Chevrolet NASCAR – 10 years
Opening Act for: Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, Marty
Stuart, Randy Travis, and others.
Jolie and Sonny Award’s
2020-2021 Rosie Moncrief Wings of Hope Award and in-Kind Gift Award
2020 Hat’s Off to Hero’s Award Careity Foundation