Diane is in the top five for Female Vocalist of the Year for Arkansas Country Music Awards. The Red Carpet and Awards Show will be held in Little Rock June 4th and the winners will be announced at that time. She has been chosen to be an entertainer that night.
Born in Amarillo, Texas to a musical family, she learned about country music from the very beginning.
Her parents, Virgil and Billie Holman, played and sang at shows all over the Panhandle of Texas. When she was only three years old, her Daddy got her up on stage and put her in front of the microphone and asked her to sing the nice folks a song.
“I sang “Rubber Dolly” and got lots of applause….so, I sang it again! My Daddy laughed and said that a “Ham” was born!” says Dianne
“Our family is made up of my parents, my sister (Gale), my brother (Joe) and me. Growing up in Arkansas, every Saturday afternoon we had a live radio show on the local country radio station “KCAB” and we traveled to perform all over Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.”
“After a show in 1998 in Claude, Texas a Channel – 4 reporters from Amarillo were interviewing my Daddy and asked how many there were in the family. My Daddy smiled and simply answered, “I have a five-piece family”. Everyone thought that was truly rich.” says Diane
Diane moved to Nashville in 1982 and worked in the C.F. Martin Bluegrass show at Opryland Park.
She first worked the Grand Ole Opry with Roy Acuff in the fall of 1982.
“I was Mr. Acuff’s guest artist. From that point in my life, I have been very fortunate to have worked with many stars in the music field.” says Diane
Artists Diane has worked with:
Roy Acuff – Opry Connie Smith
Charlie Louvin – Opry Skeeter Davis
Jeannie Seely – Opry Dave Dudley
Johnny Russell – Opry Tommy Cash
Jim Ed Brown – Opry Johnny Lee
Johnny Counterfit – Opry Jack Greene
Grandpa Jones – Opry Stella Parton
Merle Travis – John Hartford
Joe Maphis – Buck Trent
Leona Williams – Barbra Fairchild
Melba Montgomery – Hank Thompson
Jean Shepard – Jan Howard
Tommy Overstreet – Vern Gosdin
Allen Frizzell – David Houston
Tom T. Hall – Bobby G. Rice
Television & Radio:
Various local channel TV shows in Little Rock, Arkansas
Opryland Onstage – TV Show
WSM Grand Ole Opry – 27 years
Grand Ole Opry Live
Grand Ole Opry Show – Lillehammer, Norway
Nashville Now TNN
You Can Be A Star TNN
Pop Goes The Country – Tom T. Hall
Peterborough Festival – Peterborough, England
Ralph Emery Morning Show Channel 4 Nashville
The Waking Crew Radio Show WSM
Country Music Spotlight, Amarillo, Texas (Ch. 4)
RFD – Midwest Country Theater
RFD – Christmas Military Special with Leon Venerable
XM-Sirius Radio with Bill Mack
South by Southwest Festival – Austin, Texas with Charlie Louvin
Kentucky Theater Classics (Cable TV)
Gramercy Theater New York (Cable TV)
Tros International Radio Show – Utrecht, Holland
John Wayne Theatre – Aargon, Denmark
Classic Country Café (Webcast shows)
MadDonna’s from Nashville (Webcast shows)
I am an accomplished studio musician, having played rhythm guitar on many albums.
I sang lead vocal on many demo sessions.
As a background vocalist, I sang on hundreds of studio projects as a solo harmony-singer “stacking parts” as well as part of a harmony vocal group.
I sang many commercials for radios stations in Nashville and other states.
“Hall of Fame” album Little Jimmy Dickens
“Been There, Sung That” album Jeannie Seely
“Country Gospel Favorites “3-CD Set Tommy Overstreet
(Nominated for a Grammy)
“10 Country Classics” album Diane Berry
“Take My Hand” album Diane Berry
“I Learned From The Best” album Diane Berry
“Charlie Louvin” album Charlie Louvin
(Nominated for a Grammy)
“Country Boy” album Luke Malone and many more….