The Foundation was founded in honor of the Late Chris Conner, a well-loved and highly-respected musician from Columbia, SC. As the frontman for the Sourwood Honey Band, the Conner Brothers Band and The South Band, Chris was an accomplished musician and songwriter whose music earned him a diverse and loyal fan base. At age 36, at the height of his career, Chris was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Chris' courageous 10-month battle with the deadly disease set an example of courage, faith and love for thousands.
Otis Taylor with The State Newspaper said, "Conner's illness has united Columbia's go-your-own-way musical scene. He is facing his cancer much the way he writes songs -- by digging in". Charles Wilkie added, "Chris has always been there for anyone who needed him. Whenever there was a benefit for someone who was sick or needed financial help, he was the first to step up". Ryan Goforth, former Sourwood Honey member said, "Chris has been a beacon for the local music scene for 15 years. He is a real true person with friends in every walk of life." It's overwhelming that one guy can touch so many people" said Chris Carney, the South's manager.
Chris passed away November 21, 2007 leaving a legacy of friendship, love and devotion for others. " The local music community and friends nationwide rallied to support Chris and his family, and the Christopher Conner Foundation was established in order to carry on Chris' work and dreams of helping others.