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 July 7.
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.