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JOHN CONLEE HONORED

John Conlee Honored by Georgia Sheriffs’ Association with Award for Supporting Law Enforcement

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 19, 2017) - The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association presented Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee with a plaque for supporting law enforcement at the country hitmaker’s live show in Putnam County, Ga. The award was presented to commemorate Conlee’s dedication to the "men and women in the state of Georgia who walk behind the star."

Conlee first caught the attention of Putnam County Georgia Sheriff Howard Sills while listening to the legendary Grand Ole Opry on 650 AM WSM. When the country legend took the stage, he performed his song, “Walkin’ Behind the Star,” from his latest album Classics 2. The track pays tribute to law enforcement with standout lines like, “So God bless all of the women and men sworn to uphold the law, and thank them for the fallen ones, the ones that gave it all.”

Sheriff Sills presented the plaque to Conlee in-person as the “Common Man” singer returned to Georgia for two shows. Upon first hearing the song, Sills stated, "I cannont adequately express my thanks to you, the Opry, WSM, and all those who were responsible for the recognition during the program and of course the song itself."

The award was presented to the chart topper just one day before Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Over the years, the chart-topper has raised money for various charities including the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Fisher House, Show of Support and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

"It is up to we the people to support those who walk the thin line between peace and anarchy and let them know we have their backs," said John Conlee.

The plaque reads:
Presented to John Conlee: In recognition of your extraordinary talent and with sincere gratitude of your support to the men and women of the state of Georgia who walk behind the star

As Conlee approaches the 40th anniversary of his debut hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” the ACM award winner shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Fans will have the chance to catch the hit maker on tour this summer, where he will perform all of his hits, along with new songs like “Walkin’ Behind the Star.”

 

 

Charlie Pride

Charley Pride Makes Triumphant Return

 

NASHVILLE, TENN. (April 27, 2017) - Country music icon Charley Pride is pleased to announce his upcoming album, Music In My Heart, set for release July 7. The project marks the CMA “Entertainer of the Year” winner's first new studio release in more than six years, and features 13 all-new recordings, produced by traditional singer-songwriter Billy Yates. Music In My Heart will be released in the United States via Music City Records, and available at physical and digital retailers nationwide.

“It was fun getting back into the studio. My goal was to record the best traditional country album possible. But I also wanted someone else to handle all of the producer chores so that I could focus more on my singing,” said Pride. “Billy Yates and I started working together early last year. His self-produced albums show a strong respect for traditional country and he's a good songwriter too. Finding the right songs took a while and we both keep busy schedules, so this album took longer to finish than I'm used to. But we did find some wonderful songs and I'm very happy with how everything sounds. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it.”

The album marks a high-level return to form for Pride. Listeners will be taken on a musical journey that runs the gamut of traditional country and features songs by such acclaimed writers as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Tommy Collins, “Country” Johnny Mathis and Yates. One particularly poignant moment takes place as Charley reminisces about a year he actually lived through as a young man during “The Way It Was In ‘51” while simultaneously being able to pay tribute to his late friend, the great Merle Haggard. Another key moment occurs during Pride’s powerful performance of “Standing In My Way,” a song about the meditations of a deeply flawed man. Longtime fans will also be thrilled to know that a new Ben Peters ("Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’") song appears in the album's repertoire with “Natural Feeling For You.”

Working on the Music In My Heart album has also clearly reignited Pride’s inner muse. "The other good news for my fans is that they probably won't have to wait quite as long for the next album” says Pride. “We've actually been working on a second project at the same time, which I hope to release sometime next year."

Pride, a three-time GRAMMY® award winner kicked off the year with another career-defining moment, when it was announced that he would be recognized with a 2017 “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The country pioneer will accept the award this summer as part of The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards, held in New York City. The award comes after Pride’s recent celebration of his 50th year in country music.

Fans can also catch the Grand Ole Opry member on the road this summer supporting the new album. In addition to playing some of his biggest hits like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “Is Anybody Going to San Antone,” concertgoers will also get a first-listen to some of the new recordings from the upcoming project. The tour will travel throughout North America, including six stops in Canada, and will cross the Atlantic for both dates of the Harvest Country Music Festival in Ireland.

 

 

 

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