– Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” continues to strike a chord
with fans and audiences nationwide as digital sales of the patriotic hit
tops more than 1,000,000. “God Bless the U.S.A.” also re-entered
Billboard’s Top 10 Country Digital Songs at No. 9 in the week ending
Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville,
recently presented Greenwood with a Gold RIAA plaque for more than
500,000 sales of the single as well as a Platinum RIAA plaque for more
than 1,000,000 of “God Bless the U.S.A.”
“Throughout our history, we’ve had songs that have been a battle cry,
that have given us courage and strength. Each time, people reach out
for something that will unite them, and make them feel proud as
Americans. And every time they look for it, they find “God Bless the
U.S.A.” So I sing it as much as a I can across America and I’m thankful
for every download,” Greenwood said.
As one of the most recognizable patriotic songs in America, “God
Bless the U.S.A.” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote
it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top
five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003),
giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music
to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11.
This summer Coca-Cola also celebrated Greenwood’s mega hit with its
multi-platform “Share a Coke and a Song” campaign with his iconic lyric,
“I’m Proud To Be An American,” gracing the packaging of limited edition
cans and bottles nationwide.
Greenwood continues a heavy tour schedule this summer with dates
across the country (schedule below). For more information on Lee
Greenwood, please visit leegreenwood.com and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
LEE GREENWOOD ON TOUR:
July 15 Meyer Theatre (SOLO PERFORMANCE) – Green Bay, Wis.
July 16 Sugar Creek Casino/Event Center – Hinton, Okla.
Aug. 04 Ulster County Fair – New Paltz, N.Y.
Aug. 07 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Game (SOLO) – Canton, Ohio
Aug. 26 Pentagon Auditorium (SOLO)- Washington, D.C.
Aug. 27 Donna Dean’s Old Dominion Barn Dance – Highland Springs, Va.
Aug. 31 Chuckwagon Races – Clinton, Ark.
Sep. 02 The Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport, Ohio
Sep. 03 Freedom Hall – Louisville, Ky.
Sep. 09 SCI Kiwanis Balloon Fest (SOLO) – Bloomington, Ind.
Sep. 10 Bristol RACETRACK (SOLO) – Bristol, Tenn.
Sep. 11 Frederick Brown Jr Amphitheatre – Peachtree City, Ga.
Sep. 15 Mass Comm Bldg – Clarksville, Tenn.
Sep. 16 Plaza Theater – Glasgow, Ky.
Oct. 07 Welk Resort Theater – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 01 Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center w/ Crystal gayle – Midland, Tex.
Dec. 01 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Event Center – Battle Creek, Mich.
Jan. 21 Meadow View Conference Resort & Convention Center – Kingsport, Tenn.
Jan. 27 Country Music Cruise – Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 25 Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla.
ABOUT LEE GREENWOOD:
Throughout his expansive career, international country music star Lee
Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a GRAMMY for Top Male
Vocal Performance on “I.O.U,” in 1985, and a multitude of other
prestigious award nominations. His discography includes twenty-two
studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits and
thirty-eight singles including songs like “It Turns Me Inside Out,”
“Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” ”She’s Lyin,” “I don’t Mind the
Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,”
“Going Going Gone,” “You Got A Good Love Comin,” among others. His
stand-out hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been in the top five on the
country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the
distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that
feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11. Known for his
stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. Military, Greenwood has
been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s National
Patriot’s Award, and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours. His
latest book release is a children’s book called “Proud To Be An
American,” which is currently available in stores, on Amazon and LeeGreenwood.com.
Photographed: Lee Greenwood and Mike Dungan (Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville)