Tenn. (January 23, 2013) – From times of great national tragedy to
times of joyous patriotic celebration, the words of “God Bless the USA”
have stood as one of our country’s most beloved anthems and the
cornerstone song of those that best encompass pride in America. So much
so, that CBS.com called the song, “the most recognizable patriotic song
in the country.”

Written by Grammy Award winning country star Lee Greenwood in 1983,
the iconic song marks its 30th anniversary this year. Its life to date
includes the distinction of being the only song of any genre to
skyrocket up the sales charts multiple times since its original release
in 1984. Radio stations and fans alike returned to the song in 1991
during the Gulf War, in 2001 following 9/11, in 2003 during the war in
Iraq, and in 2009 following Hurricane Katrina.

“God Bless the USA” had a resurgence in 2011, when Beyoncé recorded
the song offering proceeds of the download to benefit the New York
Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. That same year,
it was the winning song on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and performed
on “American Idol.”

Greenwood wrote “God Bless the USA” in response to the hurt and
anger he felt following the downing of a Korean jet on a flight from New
York to Seoul with 269 passengers aboard, including 63 Americans.
Russian authorities shot the plane from the sky, killing all aboard
because “they thought the airliner was on a spy mission.”

“I saw the senseless strike as a personal attack against our
countrymen and it moved me to put pen to paper,” says Greenwood. “The
song came so easily, it nearly wrote itself.”

The song hit an emotional chord with the American populace as well
and “God Bless the USA” was named “Song of the Year” in 1985 at the CMA

“After 9/11, it was a song of unity and rebuilding and after
Hurricane Katrina, it was a song for life and hope. It just makes me
really proud that I’ve done something for the country and for my family.
It’s my family’s heritage,” Greenwood told AOL’s The Boot.

Announced Tour Dates Include:
February 8, 2013 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
March 2, 2013 – Rocky Mount, NC
March 10, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall
May 25, 2013 – Gulfport, MS
June 30, 2013 – Milner, GA
July 3 – Hot Springs, AK
July 6 – Williams Bay, WI
July 20, 2013 – Columbus OH

Throughout his expansive career, international country music star
Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards as well as a Grammy
Award. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven
compilation albums and thirty-eight singles including hits like “Ring On
Her Finger, Time On Her Hands,” “Dixie Road,” and “Somebody’s Gonna
Love You,” among numerous others.  He’s been honored with the
prestigious National Patriot’s Award, presented by the Congressional
Medal of Honor Society and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours.
In November 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Greenwood to a
six-year term as a council member on the National Endowment for the
Arts.  The California native wrote his second book in 2012, a collection
of inspirational essays titled “Does God Still Bless the USA; A Plea
for a Better America” (Tate Publishing). His latest project, a seven
song EP, I Want to Be In Your World, features more songs penned
by Greenwood as well as him on saxophone.  Lee and his wife, Kimberly, a
former Miss Tennessee, currently reside in Nashville and have two sons.

For more information on Lee Greenwood, visit www.LeeGreenwood.com

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