Astoria, NY (PressExposure) February 11, 2011 -- Soulful country vocal stylist Con Hunley will release a new project, Lost and Found: The MCA/Capitol Years, on February 1, 2011 on IMMI Records.
Co-produced by Hunley and Grammy Award-winning producer Norro 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 made it onto an album. In 2010, Hunley went back into the studio with his longtime producer Wilson and re-recorded these tunes, which have never before been available for purchase by his fans.
Lost and Found: The MCA/Capitol Years includes great songs from some of Nashville's best writers such as "What Am I Gonna Do About You" by Bob Simon, Doug Gilmore and Jim Allison and "Once You Get The Feel Of It" penned by Dean Dillon and Larry Butler.
Hunley says, "It's been a real thrill to be able to revisit these great songs by such outstanding writers. My road band, who are also great studio musicians in their own right, recorded this project with me and my brothers and sister sang backup, which means the world to me. "
Hunley began his recording career in 1976 on tiny independent label Prairie Dust Records. He went on to sign with Warner Brothers Records and recorded five albums on the Warner label in the late '70s and early '80s. Singles released from these albums received major radio airplay and he earned more than 20 spots on the Billboard Hot Country charts and 11 hits on Billboard's Top Twenty.
After his five-year stint with Warner Brothers Hunley signed with MCA Records, whose president, the legendary producer and Music Row executive Jim Fogelsong, had wooed him during his time at Warner. Work began immediately on a project, but the label had a major shakeup in their corporate leadership and Fogelsong left MCA for Capitol Records. Although singles such as "Once You Get The Feel Of It" and "All American Country Boy" were released and enjoyed success on the charts, Hunley made the decision to leave MCA and followed Fogelsong to Capitol Records.
Once with Capitol, a new Con Hunley project got underway with Fogelsong. Just as things were looking up, changes at the helm occurred once again and Hunley's project was shelved after releasing singles "Blue Suede Blues," "What Am I Gonna Do About You" and "Quittin' Time."
Frustrated with the Nashville music scene, Hunley stopped recording until his re-emergence in 2003. His comeback project, Sweet Memories, on independent label IMMI Records, garnered acclaim from music critics such as Billboard's Deborah Evans Price and Music Row's Robert K. Oermann. Released to rave reviews from fans and critics alike, Sweet Memories was named one of the top-10 country albums of the year by CMT.com.
In 2006, Hunley released Shoot From The Heart, the masterful follow-up to Sweet Memories. Singles from Shoot From The Heart received airplay at over 400 country radio stations and Hunley did a promotional tour in numerous cities to promote the album. He has performed at the CMA Music Festival for delighted fans every year since the 2003 comeback and continues to enjoy critical acclaim for his unmistakable vocal phrasing.
Hunley is pleased with the results of his latest project. "I think many of the new versions sound even better than the originals," he says. "I am fortunate that I still have the ability to do these songs justice after all these years. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to create this project and hope folks get as much joy out of listening to it as I did in recording it."