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See Michael Ray and John Conlee’s Genial Grand Ole Opry Duet

“Kiss You in the Morning” singer joins Opry star on Conlee’s classic “Rose Colored Glasses”

The Grand Ole Opry is all about saluting its legends, but it often ends up drawing parallels between those legends and today’s stars, too.

As a case in point, newcomer Michael Ray was on an Opry bill back in July, and after playing his breakout No. 1 “Kiss You in the Morning,” he opted to bring Opry member John Conlee to the stage for a duet. Despite looking like polar-opposites, the pair actually have a lot in common, as they showed on Conlee’s career-defining hit “Rose Colored Glasses.”

“I’ve got the paraphernalia we’ll both need,” said a smiling Conlee, pulling out two pairs of wire-rimmed shades with pinkish-red lenses. “Yes!” replied Ray, clearly struck by the opportunity to sing with the Eighties hitmaker.

Released in 1978, “Rose Colored Glasses” was Conlee’s first single – much like “Kiss You in the Morning” was for Ray – and is considered his signature song. And despite his sagging jeans and tattoo sleeves, Ray even sounds like a star from a bygone era with his deep, classically-inflected voice. All about choosing to remember the best of a long-broken relationship (even though there were plenty of bad times), the song was brought to life once again by this unlikely old-school/new-school duo.

Ray’s new single “Think a Little Less” is out now, and he’s currently headlining his Think a Little Less Tour with club dates scheduled through November 26th.

In This Article: John Conlee, Michael Ray


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