The South
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The South band promo picture. — with Trey Brown, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee, James Branham, Chris Conner and Charles Funk.

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The South band promo picture. — with Trey Brown, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee, James Branham, Charles Funk and Chris Conner.

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The South band promo picture. — with Nikki Lee, Charles Funk, Trey Brown, James Branham and Chris Conner.

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The South band promo picture. — with Charles Funk, Trey Brown, Chris Conner, Nikki Lee and James Branham.

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The South band promo picture. — with Trey Brown, Chris Conner, Nikki Lee, Charles Funk and James Branham.

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With Chris Conner.

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With Chris Conner.

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Nicole (Nikki Lee) Hagenmeyer.

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Nicole (Nikki Lee) Hagenmeyer.

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With Charles Funk.

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With Trey Brown.

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With James Branham.

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With Chris Conner.

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With Nikki Lee.

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With Charles Funk.

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With Charles Funk.

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The South live. — with Charles Funk, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee, James Branham, Chris Conner and Trey Brown.

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The South live. — with Charles Funk, Chris Conner and Nikki Lee Nikki Lee.

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The South live. — with Trey Brown and Nikki Lee Nikki Lee.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Nikki Lee Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Charles Funk and Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner and Nikki Lee.

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The South live. — with Charles Funk, Chris Conner and Nikki Lee Nikki Lee.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with James Branham, Chris Conner and Charles Funk.

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The South band promo picture. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with James Branham and Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Chris Conner.

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The South live. — with Charles Funk, Chris Conner and Nikki Lee.

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The South live. — with Charles Funk, Chris Conner and Nikki Lee.

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Practice. — with Trey Brown, Chris Conner and Nikki Lee.

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Practice. — with Nikki Lee.

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Practice. — with Chris Conner.

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Practice. — with Chris Conner.

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Practice. — with Chris Conner.

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Practice. — with Chris Conner.

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Practice. — with James Branham.

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Practice. — with Trey Brown.

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Practice. — with Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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Practice. — with Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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Practice. — with Chris Conner.

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Recording sessions. — with Chris Conner and Charles Funk.

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Recording sessions. — with Chris Conner, Charles Funk, Nikki Lee and James Branham.

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Recording sessions. — with Chris Conner.

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Chris laying down vocals during recording session. — with Chris Conner.

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Chris and Nikki laying down vocals during recording session. — with Chris Conner and Nikki Lee Nikki Lee.

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The South band promo picture. — with Charles Funk, Chris Conner, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee and James Branham.

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The South band promo picture. — with Charles Funk, Chris Conner, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee, James Branham and Trey Brown.

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The South band promo picture. — with Nikki Lee Nikki Lee, Chris Conner and Charles Funk.

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"Make It Happen" campaign promo shot. — with Charles Funk, Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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With Chris Conner.

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The South band promo picture. — with Charles Funk, Trey Brown, James Branham, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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The South band promo picture. — with Nikki Lee Nikki Lee, Chris Conner, James Branham, Trey Brown and Charles Funk.

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The South band promo picture. — with Charles Funk, Trey Brown, James Branham, Nikki Lee Nikki Lee and Chris Conner.

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Early South band logo design.

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2005 release ”Monsters in the Kudzu”

Excerpt from the Chris Conner Bio (Provided by Sherry Kyanko):

After the deformation of Sourwood Honey and the Conner Brothers Band Chris' musical growth continued and he found the right answer in 2004 when he formed "The South" band. The South finally gave Chris a chance to put his own stamp on something without filters or alterations. Like The South's "Let It Sing" says, "This little bird inside, I'm gonna’ let it sing".

 

In January 2007, at the height of The South's success, Chris was diagnosed with lung cancer. The medical crisis made Chris even more aware of the importance of his family and faith, the two things he held closest in the months to follow. His faith and courage became a source of strength for the thousands who followed him. He continued writing and performing, and continued to help and encourage other musicians.

 

Bio (from the press kit):

The South was an alternative country music experience, but still represented the best of southern music and its song writing traditions. This new country sound, combined with the experience of seasoned musicians and a classic vocal style, culminate in something very unique, both on stage and in the studio.

 

Chris Conner, lead vocalist and songwriter, formed the band in Lexington, South Carolina in the summer of 2004. Drawing from his experiences with the group Sourwood Honey, Conner was able to bring together five talents who all shared a certain philosophy and dedication toward their craft. The sound they created was progressive but true to its roots.

 

Jimmy Branham, formerly of Treadmill Trackstar, and Trey Brown, with several studio and television performance credits, provided a solid foundation to The South's pleasing sound. Charles Funk, once with S-Tribe, added a brash, but smart style of guitar that contrasted well with the deep rich folk-harmonies created by Chris Conner and Nicole Hagenmeyer.

 

December 2, 2005 saw the only release from this band titled “Monsters in the Kudzu”. A collection of original songs written by Chris and band that defied categorization. Touching on several genres like country, alt-country, bluegrass, rock, southern rock, jazz and more, this release offered something for everyone.

 

Band Members:

Chris Conner – Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar

Nicole (Nikki Lee) Hagenmeyer – Vocals

Charles Funk – Guitar

Trey Brown – Bass

Jimmy Branham – Drums

The Christopher Conner Foundation carries on Chris' dreams of helping others. www.connerfoundation.org

The videos below are excerpts from a full concert show filmed and produced by Scott Rosenbrook at Full Sail University. Appreciation goes out to Scott for capturing this performance for us to enjoy - Thanks Scott.

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