Proud of East Texas: Dallas Holm

By Joan Hallmark

Contemporary Christian Music Pioneer Dallas Holm will be inducted into the "GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame" on August 14th in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Holm joins such diverse musical talents as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash as members of the Hall of Fame.

Forty-three years ago when Holm began his career, he wasn't thinking about achievements or the Hall of Fame. It was all about faith, and he expressed that faith through music. When Holm became a Christian in 1965, Contemporary Christian Music wasn't even a term and Christian radio and TV stations didn't exist. Even most churches weren't all that happy to have Holm ad his band, with their guitars and drums, in their services

Although Holm didn't know it at the time, he was pioneering a new wave of music that would touch the lives of millions of young people throughout the world, Before long, for better or worse, promoters and record companies were jumping on the "Jesus Music" band wagon and Holm and his band "Praise" became literal rock stars.

Holm's four decades of writing, singing, and ministry includes over three thousand concerts and 36 recordings, which have garnered gold records, multiple Dove awards, Grammy nominations, number one songs, and countless accolades.

Through it all, Holm has keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. Dallas and his wife Linda have been married since 1969. They have two children and three grandchildren. They have lived in Lindale, Texas for almost forty years.

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