Connie Smith Biography
Connie Smith born “Constance June Meador” is an American country music artist. She was born on August 14, 1941, to Wilma and Hobart Meador in Elkhart, Indiana.
Her parents’ origin was West Virginia, and when Smith was five months old, the family returned there. They later moved to Dungannon, Ohio. When she was seven, her mother divorced her father and married Tom Clark.
Smith was surrounded by music from a tender age. Her stepfather (Tom Clark) played mandolin, while her brother played the fiddle, and her other brother played guitar. On Saturday nights Smith would listen to the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. As a teenager, she was injured in a lawnmower accident, which nearly cut her leg off. While in the hospital recovering, she was given a guitar and learned how to play different chords. Following the recovery, she began to perform in various local talent contests.
Smith graduated from Salem-Liberty High School as the class salutatorian in 1959. In August 1963, she entered a talent contest at the Frontier Ranch country music park near Columbus, Ohio. Here she performed Jean Shepard’s “I Thought of You”, Smith won the talent contest and five silver dollars. That day at the park, country artist Bill Anderson heard Smith perform and was impressed by her voice. In January 1964, Smith ran into Anderson again at a country music package concert, where he invited her to perform with him on Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree program in Nashville, Tennessee. After performing on the program, Smith returned to Nashville that May to record demos by Anderson that he planned on pitching to other country artists. Anderson’s manager Hubert Long brought the demo recording to RCA Victor Records, where producer Chet Atkins heard it. Also impressed by her vocals, Atkins offered Smith a recording contract, and she eventually signed with the label on June 24, 1964.
Because Chet Atkins found himself too busy with other artists, Bob Ferguson acted as Smith’s producer on her first sessions and would continue to work as her producer until her departure from RCA. In 1965 Smith officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show in Nashville, Tennessee. It had been a dream of Smith’s to become a member since childhood. In the mid-60s Smith was temporarily fired from the Grand Ole Opry for not being on the show for twenty-six weeks out of the year, which was the required amount of weeks to stay a member at the time. In the 1970s, Smith was nearly fired from the show for testifying about Jesus Christ.
Bill Anderson wrote her next single with Bette Anderson, which was released in April 1965 called “I Can’t Remember”. The album featured both cover versions of other country songs and newer songs written by Bill Anderson. It included cover versions of songs by such artists as Jim Reeves, Webb Pierce, and Ray Price.
In February 1967, Smith released an album on RCA Camden entitled Connie in the Country, which mainly featured cover versions of country hits recorded at the time, including songs by Loretta Lynn and Buck Owens. In May 1967 Smith released an album of songs written entirely by Bill Anderson entitled Connie Smith Sings Bill Anderson.
After parting ways with RCA, Smith moved to Columbia Records in 1973. With her new contract, she insisted that she would be able to record one gospel album a year. She released her first gospel album under the label in November 1973, entitled God Is Abundant.
Marty Stuart And Connie Smith
Marty Stuart and Connie Smith have a rather unorthodox love story, but it’s one with a very happy ending. He married Connie Smith in 1997 and he was 17 years younger than her. His mom introduced them, she took Stuart to see Smith live in concert in Mississippi but it was unbeknownst to her what would happen in the next few decades.
Stuart also says his wife has taught him some important lessons:
“With Connie, I have learned about balancing love and music. She puts a whole lot more emphasis on family life than I ever did, and she’s been a great sense of balance to me.”
Connie Smith Age
Connie Smith was born on 14th, August 1941. She turned 78 years old in 2019. She celebrates her birthday on August 14th every year.
Connie Smith Marriages – Connie Smith Husband
Smith has been married four times. In 1961, she married Jerry Smith, a ferroanalyst at the Inter-Lake Iron Corporation in Beverly, Ohio. They had one child together on March 9, 1963, named Darren Justin. In the mid-1960s, the couple divorced and Smith married the guitarist in her touring band, Jack Watkins. They had a son, Kerry Watkins, before separating nearly a year after marrying. Shortly afterward, Smith married telephone repairman Marshall Haynes. In the early 1970s, Haynes frequently toured with Connie on her roadshow. The couple had three daughters: Jeanne, Julie, and Jodi Haynes. After divorcing Haynes in the early 1990s, Smith stated that she would never marry again, but on July 8, 1997, Smith married country artist Marty Stuart.
Connie Smith Children
Connie has five children from all her previous marriages. In her first marriage, she had her son Darren Justin with a ferroanalyst Jerry Smith. She had her second child in her second marriage with the guitarist in her touring band Jack Watkins called Kerry Watkins. In her third marriage with telephone repairman Marshall Haynes, she had three daughters; Jeanne, Julie, and Jodi Haynes.
Connie Smith Net Worth
Smith has an estimated net worth of $18 million.
Connie Smith Nationality
Smith is of American nationality.
Connie Smith Health
When Smith was a teenager, she nearly cut her leg off after she was injured in a lawnmower accident. She learned how to play different chords of a guitar while recovering in the hospital. After she fully recovered, she began participating in various local talent contests which contributed to her passion for music.
Connie Smith Height
Connie has not shared her height with the public. Her height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.
Connie Smith Songs
- Once a Day
- Then And Only Then
- I Never Once Stopped Loving You
- The Hurtin’s All Over
- Nobody but a Fool
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Ain’t Had No Lovin’
- You and Your Sweet Love
- Ribbon of Darkness
- Just One Time
- If I Talk to Him
- Tiny Blue Transistor Radio
- If It Ain’t Love
- Run Away Little Tears
- I’ll Come Running
- Just for What I Am
- Burning a Hole in My Mind
- I Can’t Remember
- Louisiana Man
- Cry, Cry, Cry
- Baby’s Back Again
- Where Is My Castle
- Young Love
- Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home
- I’ve Got My Baby On My Mind
- Don’t Forget I Still Love You
- Ain’t Love a Good Thing
- I Saw a Man
- Clinging to a Saving Hand
- My Little Corner of the World
- Two Empty Arms
- Go Ahead and Make Me Cry
Connie Smith Facts and Body Measurements
Here are some interesting facts you don’t want to miss about Smith.
• Full Name: Connie Smith
• Date of Birth: 14th August 1941
• Place of Birth: Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.
• Birthday: 14th August.
• Nationality: American
• Fathers Name: Hobart Meador
• Mothers Name: Wilma Meador
• Siblings: 14 siblings
• Marital Status: Married
• Children/ Kids: 5 children
• Height/ How tall?: To Be Updated
• Weight: To Be Updated
Connie Smith Then And Only Then
Connie Smith Once A Day
Frequently Asked Questions About Connie Smith
Who Is Connie Smith?
Connie Smith is an American country music singer. She released her first single called “Once a Day” in 1964 which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
How old is Connie Smith’s country singer?
Smith was born on August 14th, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana, in the United States. She turned 78 years old in 2019.
How tall is Connie Smith?
She has not shared her height with the public. Her height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.
How old is Connie Smith and Marty Stuart?
Smith is 78 years old while her husband Marty is 61 years old.
Is Connie Smith still alive?
She is still alive and in good health. There have been no reports of her being sick or having any health-related issues.
How much is Connie Smith worth?
Smith has an estimated net worth of $8million which she has earned from her career in music. In her career, she has had more than 10 Grammy nominations and won several other awards from different categories. Her concerts are always sold out as she is considered one of the best country musicians alongside other musicians like Linda Ronstadt.
Who has Connie Smith been married to?
Smith is married to country music artist Marty Stuart who was her producer.
Where is Connie Smith now?
Connie is in the United States with her husband performing at different events. They have dates lined up for all the events they will be performing in 2020.
Who is Connie Smith’s father?
Connie’s father was called Hobart Meador originally from West Virginia. She recalls that her father was abusive towards her which led to her suffering from mental breakdown during her teenage years.
Who are Connie Smith’s parents?
Smith’s parents are Wilma Meador and Hobart Meador. Her parents divorced when she was seven years old and she went to stay with her mother and her step-father.
Where does Connie Smith live?
Smith was born in Elkhart, Indiana. She grew up in West Virginia where her parents were originally from and later moved to Dungannon, Ohio. When she was married in the 60s, she lived in her home in Marietta, Ohio.
Was Connie Smith ever married to Carl Smith?
No, Carl Smith was married to June Carter, an American singer while Connie was married to Jerry Smith.
Smith was discovered in 1963 and a year later she was signed to RCA Victor Record with Bob Ferguson as her producer.
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