John Conlee takes Civic Center stage Thurs.

From Staff Reports

Sept 12, 2007 - When country music star John Conlee takes to the stage, he brings more than just a message with his melodies. For the past several years, Conlee has made raising money for Feed the Children charity part of each performance.

�My involvement with Feed the Children began when a fan brought a $1 bill to the stage while I was singing 'Busted,'� Conlee says in a press release. �Before the song was over, 56 more people decided to get in on the joke. That $57 became my first donation to Feed the Children, and I decided to keep collecting at my shows for as long as folks care to give.�

Since that first $57, Conlee has raised more than $210,000 for Feed the Children, one dollar at a time. 

�Sometimes the truth hurts, but the truth is there are millions of children going to be hungry each night in this hurting world,� Conlee said. �Not all of them are in far-off places like Africa or Asia. Some of them are just a few hundred miles from my home in Kentucky and in the Mississippi Delta.�

Conlee got his start in the music business back in the late 1970s. After working in radio for several years, he signed with ABC Records, cut a single called “Back Side of Thirty,” and waited for the record to take off.

He cut several other singles while he waited. Not much happened until the label released “Rose Colored Glasses,” which has become Conlee's signature song. In 1979, the record company re-released “Back Side of Thirty,” and this time it went to number one on the charts.

Conlee has enjoyed 29 single releases, 26 of them charting in the top 20. Eight of the 26 have reached number one. His hits include “Lady Lay Down,” “Before My Time,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Busted,” “Miss Emily's Picture” and “Fellow Travelers.”

Conlee perform in concert with independent country artist Jerry Audley on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15. Tickets at the door will be $20. Call 903-438-9311 for more information.

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