Brooks & Dunn are Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn.
Kix Brooks began performing and writing songs at age 12 in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. He performed in clubs and other venues throughout high school and college. Eventually he landed in Nashville, where he joined Tree Publishing Company and had songs cut by artists such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee, and Highway 101. In 1990 Brooks teamed with Ronnie Dunn to form Brooks & Dunn, who are the highest selling duo in the history of country music. They have sold more than 30 million records, have had 23 #1 hits, and have won over 80 major industry awards. Brooks & Dunn currently hold the record for number of awards won at both the ACM and the CMA Awards and continue to be a driving force in the music industry. Brooks is also the host of American Country Countdown which is an internationally syndicated radio program that counts down the top 40 country songs of the previous week.
Brooks served as President, in 2004, and Chairman, in 2005, of the Country Music Association (CMA). He remains an active board member of the CMA and serves as part of the Blue Ribbon Committee. The Blue Ribbon Committee is a select group of professionals including the mayor, chosen to bring the city of Nashville and the Music Industry closer together. Brooks is also on the boards of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is the local spokesperson for Monroe Harding Children Home and has recently been appointed as a director for 1st American Bank.
Ronnie Dunn was born in Coleman, Texas to a hard living, truck driving, country music singing father and a conservative church going mother. Dunn navigated a winding road that led him from West Texas to New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma and through thirteen schools in twelve years.
Music was about the only constant in life. In 1990 Dunn moved from Tulsa Oklahoma to Nashville and was introduced by Arista Records label head, Tim Dubois, to Kix Brooks. They formed a partnership that has catapulted them into the hearts and souls of country music fans everywhere. Since their initial pairing in 1990 Brooks & Dunn have been at the top of the country music singles charts 23 times with songs like Brand New Man, Boot Scootin Boogie, You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone, My Maria, Only In America and Red Dirt Road. They are the industry's most award winning duo and have been named Entertainers of the Year four times. They have gathered 20 Country Music Association Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards; more than any other artist in CMA and ACM history recently surpassing the legendary Merle Haggard in 2005. With their exceedingly popular tours and more than 30 million records sold Brooks & Dunn continue to dominate the music industry.
Ronnie has twice been named the BMI Country Songwriter of the year. He was the Billboard Magazine country songwriter of the year in 1996. He was inducted into the Arkansas Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He has received 23 BMI Million Airplay Awards for songs written that have attained one million or more radio airplay status. Dunn was voted the Gospel Songwriter of the Year by the Gospel Music Association in 2006 for his writing of the song Believe.