Lee Greenwood Proud To Be An American
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”
I remember where I was the first time I heard these words after the tragedy of 9/11 shook our country to its core. I was watching a celebrity softball game from the bleachers with a group of friends. We were laughing, drinking, joking when “God Bless the USA” came over the speakers and the crowd was silenced. The players stopped and kneeled on the outfield. Men took off their hats in reverence. Not a soul was talking. In that moment we were humbly united.
God Bless the USA was written and performed by Lee Greenwood in 1984. However the song was rereleased after 9/11 and it shot to the 16th spot on pop charts, the highest for Greenwood. Although the song was his most famous, Lee Greenwood charted a total of 35 singles on the Billboard charts. Some favorites were Dixie Road, Mornin Ride, Somebody’s Gonna Love You and I.O.U which landed Greenwood a top 5 hit on the adult contemporary charts.
Lee Greenwood continues to entertain crowds around around the nation and will be returning to The Grand Ole Opry for a special performance on November 23. He also dedicates time as the spokesperson for Operation Never Forgotten which provides awareness and support for wounded veterans, deployed troops and their families.
Greenwood let us take a glimpse into his life Monday night via a live Twitterview on #cmchat, the largest country music social media platform in the world. He told #cmchat that music came easy, he found a way to make money at it and it was always a dream to be on stage. His most memorable performance of God Bless the USA was at the opening of the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA and his most moving experience as an artist was singing before the President of the United States at the White House. With all the success Lee remained grounded. He wants people to know that he is a family man, he loves music and he is ever grateful to the fans that “held him up for 30 years”.
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In case you missed his #CMchat Twitterview last week you can check it out here.