Former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn has released the official video for his new ballad “Kiss You There,” from his forthcoming debut album on his own Little Will-E Records.
The video features images of Dunn performing, couples engaged in romantic canoodling and the title of the song reflected on some of the world’s most famous monuments.
It also includes shots of Dunn performing at the July 6 Toby Keith OK Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The video was directed by the late Sherman Halsey, the son of Tulsa-based entertainment impresario Jim Halsey. The younger Halsey, a prolific video director and producer, passed away Oct. 29 at the age of 56.
It’s fitting that one of Sherman Halsey’s last videos is for a Ronnie Dunn song, since Dunn told me backstage at the OK Twister Relief Concert that he moved to Tulsa because of Jim Halsey.
“I came here from Texas in ’75, and I came to Tulsa on purpose because the Jim Halsey Company was there. At the time, it was the largest country booking agency in the world,” Dunn told me in a brief one-on-one interview. “My mother said, ‘if you drop out of college, why don’t you try here because this big agent’s here.’ Sure enough, we kind of got hooked up … and I won the Marlboro Talent Roundup here years ago before reality shows.
“This is as much home to me as anyplace. I spent time in Texas — I was born there — but Oklahoma really feels like a home. You know, I went to 13 schools in 12 years, but I spent probably the longest consistent block of time in Oklahoma, which was ’75 to ’90, ’91,” he said, adding his dad worked for a pipeline company.
Check out the “Kiss You There” video here: