Steve Holy Biography

Steve Holy's 2011 CD, Love Don't Run. Photo courtesy of Curb Records.

When Steve Holy’s breakout smash, "Good Morning Beautiful," stood atop the country charts for five straight weeks in 2002, it sparked a fire that has continued to smolder throughout his decade-long career. But it’s been a slow burn, and a testament to the dogged persistence and unyielding tenacity that Holy has displayed since his first big break in 1993, when he beat out 500 hopefuls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Johnnie High Country Review, the same contest that launched the career of LeAnn Rimes. It was another four years, however, before he signed with Curb Records, and three years after that, his debut album, Blue Moon, was released in 2000.

Despite moderate success with a couple of Top 20 singles, "Blue Moon" and "The Hunger," it was not until more than a year after its release that the album first entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart, and Steve was four singles deep when "Good Morning Beautiful" finally reached No .1, a full 18 months after Blue Moon launched. The earnest, charming ballad struck a sweet spot with country fans, later being named Billboard's No. 10 Top Country Song of the Decade 1999-2009. Lightning did strike twice, but not until 2006, when Steve again reached No. 1 with the playful "Brand New Girlfriend." Of course, it didn’t happen overnight; it took 36 weeks to rise to the top of the charts, becoming at that time the slowest-rising No. 1 hit single in Nielsen Soundscan history.

Having patiently tended the fire all this time, Steve seeks to reignite the flame with his third album, Love Don’t Run, released in the fall of 2011. He has once again teamed up with producer Lee Miller, with whom he proved to have fantastic chemistry on the smash hit "Brand New Girlfriend." A proven hit songwriter, Miller has penned three Grammy-nominated songs: "You’re Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson’s "In Color," and "The Impossible" by Joe Nichols – as well as No. 1 hit singles "The World" and "I’m Still A Guy" by Brad Paisley. Holy and Miller wrote several songs together for the upcoming album, including the racy, humorous "She Hauled Off And Kissed Me," with pal Jim Collins, and the uplifting "Let The Sun Shine In," demonstrating the diversity and range for which Holy has become known.