Con Hunley

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Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Con Hunley, Country Artist, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TNCon Hunley has placed over 20 hits on the country charts since 1978 and continues to wow audiences with his unique soulful style.

After successful stints with Warner Bros., Capitol and MCA, Hunley currently records exclusively with independent label IMMI Records, releasing new music that has garnered critical acclaim from fans as well as music industry insiders.

After signing Hunley in 2004, IMMI Records licensed and re-mastered most of his hits from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, making the music available on CD format for the first time ever.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Norro Wilson, Hunley’s 2004 release, Sweet Memories, was selected by CMT.com as one of their “Top 10 Country Albums of 2004.” The project was a re-introduction to Con’s soulful singing style. The Nashville music industry and Con-fans around the world were thrilled to have new music from this iconic vocalist.

Hunley teamed with Wilson again for his 2006 album, Shoot From The Heart, featuring contributions from some of Nashville’s finest songwriters including Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Kim Williams. Hunley toured the southeast doing radio interviews and in-store music promotions. Hunley’s music was once again receiving great airplay at both mainstream and secondary radio.

In 2011, IMMI Records released Lost & Found: The MCA Capitol Years. Co-produced by Hunley and Wilson, Lost and Found is a compilation of songs that Hunley originally recorded in the ‘80s on MCA and Capitol Records, some of which were released as singles but didn’t make it onto an album. All of the songs are vintage Con – bluesy, soulful, and full of feeling.

Hunley’s Gospel roots brought him to his next CD in 2012. Co-produced once again by Wilson, Wayfarin’ Stranger contains 16 soul-stirring songs – some great old standards and some wonderful brand new tunes. The first single, an original song by hitmakers Dean Dillon and Tom Douglas titled “Jonas”, has a compelling Easter message about crucifixion and resurrection. The disc also contains a song penned by Hunley’s Mother when she was just 16 years old. Hunley was also honored to have Gospel Great Bill Gaither join him in a duet on “Peace In The Valley”. Other familiar favorites include “Amazing Grace”, “Satisfied”, and “Wayfaring Stranger”.

In 2014, Hunley released his latest project to date. A Collection – By Request is jam-packed with 19 songs that do not disappoint! Again, there are favorites from the past mixed in with awesome new compositions, including a song written by Hunley’s good friend and Grammy- winning music master Steve Dorff. Each song on the disc showcases the powerhouse vocals we love. “Please Help Me, I’m Falling” is a standout, as is Hunley’s version of the Etta James classic, “At Last” – pure perfection!

Besides performing and writing music, Hunley enjoys squeezing in a round of golf whenever possible. He participates in celebrity golf tournaments around the country, and for years Hunley hosted one of his own in his hometown of Knoxville, TN, which raised over a million dollars for charities benefiting underprivileged children.

But his first love remains the music. Performing and recording is more meaningful to him now than ever before. “It’s all about the music now,” he says, “and I am very fortunate to have another chance to do the thing I truly love.” He is quick to add, “I am so blessed.”

To learn the story of Con Hunley’s life go to www.conhunley.com.