Singer Lee Greenwood, along with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and a cappella group Home Free, released a new version of his song “God Bless the U.S.A.” this week. Coming off of President Trumps rally last night it is a great time to be a patriotic American.
“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 in an interview.
Greenwood also said the release of the song could not be more timely for our nation.
“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,” Greenwood continued.
“God Bless the U.S.A.,” which Greenwood first released in 1984, reached seventh on the “U.S. Hot Country Songs” chart in 1984, but quickly became a timeless song played at many events celebrating America.
“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 said.
For some vocalists such as Austin Brown of Home Free, collaborating with Greenwood on such an iconic song was a dream come true.