Owensboro, KY Native to Perform With Country Legend on Grand Ole Opry Stage
I have known Jon Brennan for about 30 years, at least. I met him right around the time he appeared on MTV's Real World, and that was 1992. So yeah, we'll go with 30 years.
Here's an interview he gave to a Los Angeles CBS affiliate last fall, ahead of the Real World reunion.
Prior to that interview, Jon released some new music because, well, he "ain't done singin' yet."
JON BRENNAN ON THE GRAND OLE OPRY STAGE
And that's a good thing because Jon will soon realize a lifelong dream of singing on the stage--that iconic circle--at the Grand Ole Opry. And he will not be performing alone. He was actually INVITED by country music legend and fellow native Kentuckian, John Conlee.
On his recent EP--also titled I Ain't Done Singin' Yet--Jon covered Conlee's 1983 chart-topper "I'm Only in It for the Love."
A CALL AND AN INVITATION FROM A COUNTRY LEGEND
After seeing Jon on Fox & Friends, the longstanding Grand Ole Opry member asked Jon to sing it with him on the Opry stage.
On his Facebook page, Jon essentially calls it a bucket list moment. And maybe he killed two birds with one stone; he's going to sing at the Grand Ole Opry AND with a country music legend.
Jon says that he will be able to post the video on his social media accounts after the performance; the Opry isn't televised this month.
JON BRENNAN HAS BEEN SINGING FOR A VERY LONG TIME
As I mentioned, I've known Jon for a long time, and I know this is an ENORMOUS opportunity for him. But he's been singing publicly for much longer than I've known him. On a recent Facebook post, he shared a 1983 ticket stub from Phoenix Suns/Utah Jazz game where he sang the National Anthem. He was EIGHT YEARS OLD. How cool is that?
JON'S FUTURE SINGING PARTNER IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS
As for John Conlee, I haven't met too many nicer people in my lifetime. I caught up with him backstage at the Ryman Auditorium during a Christmas show. We talked about his music--"Rose Colored Glasses" is my favorite--AND the funeral business. I'm not kidding.
Before hitting it big in country music, John Conlee was a funeral director at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel in Versailles, where he's from. I can't remember if he told me he maintains his license or not. But since my dad was also a funeral director, I just had to bend his ear. He loved talking about it.
I'm really happy for Jon. It's any country singer's dream to stand in the circle on that legendary Grand Ole Opry stage. But to do it with a legend--and a legend from KENTUCKY, no less--like John Conlee, that's the best icing on any cake.