Lee Greenwood is a prominent personality who’s famous for writing the iconic song, “God Bless The USA“. It is defined as one of the most patriotic songs in the history of the USA, released in 1984. Now if you were born back in the 80’s then you might certainly have heard about its success.
Recently Lee Greenwood took his fans by surprise when he released a newer version of his iconic song, “God Bless the U.S.A.”. This week, the country singer banded up with the US Air Force Band and Home Free for an acapella version to release just in time for the Fourth of July.
God Bless the U.S.A:
God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood isn’t just an ordinary song but it has a massive legacy. The patriotic song helped in keeping the morale high of soldiers during the Gulf war of 1990-1991. After the shocking attacks of 9/11, it again hit the charts. Miraculously, the song even attained the Billboard Top 100 in 2001, holding the 16th spot. Lee Greenwood, 77, dropped the song in 1984.
“After singing ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ for 30 years the same way, it’s like I kind of sat back and relied on listening. You know, what can I sing different here?” Greenwood told American Songwriter.
He added: “And I was encouraged by their tech at the board, who said, ‘Just do a couple passes. And do something like you’ve never done before.’ This is ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ like you’ve never heard it before.”
The country singer continued, “When we were talking about collaborating not just with Home Free but also with the United States Air Force singers, I thought, well this is really a positive for the Fourth of July, being we’re not working.”
LEE GREENWOOD PERFORMS GOD BLESS THE USA
“I think the common thread in Nashville is, if Lee Greenwood doesn’t sing ‘God Bless the U.S.A’ on the Fourth of July, take the flag down. So we really wanted to make sure we had a virtual performance. It was just a great opportunity for me,” Greenwood added.
Home Free’s Austin Brown described that his cover band used to finish off every show with the song. It was their dream to be on Greenwood’s remix.
“When we sing this song, everyone in the audience, no matter where we are in this country, everyone stands up. It’s one of those songs that’s gonna be here forever. It’s going to be in the American culture forever,” Brown, 34, said. “And the opportunity to do this with a legend like Lee Greenwood, the original artist, the guy who wrote this song, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
Greenwood also praised the Air Force singers. “These singers from the Air Force, they are every bit professional quality. They’re the best I’ve ever heard,” he said.
The United States Air Force Band is stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling In Washington D.C. The version of God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood is a perfect treat on the eve of United States’ Independence Day i.e. 4th July.