John Conlee grew up working hard on a farm in Kentucky, and those blue collar, country roots are reflected in his music. Conlee writes songs about simple moments in the lives of everyday people and prefers a quiet life to a glamorous one. When he's not onstage, Conlee is spending time with his family on his working farm outside Nashville, where he practices his favorite non musical hobbies: woodworking and gunsmithing.
Conlee made his first forays into the performing side of music after working as a radio DJ for several years. Conlee's first sew singles achieved modest success but he didn't cause much of a stir until his signature song “Rose Colored Glasses” became a runaway hit. 26 of Conlee's singles charted in the Top 20 and he has seven No.1 hits to his name, including “Lady Lay Down,” “Common Man,” “As Long as I'm Rockin' With You,” and “Backside of Thirty.” Conlee is enthusiastically involved with Feed the Children and has participated in nine Farm Aid concerts to support family farmers. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1981.
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