Lee Greenwood released “God Bless The U.S.A.” nearly 37 years ago. The song not only became an American favorite, but remains at the top of everyone’s list when patriotic holidays roll around. This will always be Lee Greenwood’s song – but adding Home Free and the United States Air Force Band, the song just became even more special.
Home Free and the United States Air Force Band joined Lee for the perfect video, to the perfect song to start off our July 2020 Country’s Chatter posts.
After we posted this video, we received a press release about it. We wanted to share that with all of you, so we did a bit of editing to our original post. The press release follows:
[Press Release] Just in time for the 4th of July, all-vocal Country entertainers HOME FREE have teamed up with GRAMMY-winning icon LEE GREENWOOD and THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND for a soulful rendition of Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”
With years of covering the patriotic smash under their belts, Home Free was looking to elevate their traditional arrangement of “God Bless the U.S.A.” to new heights, and they did just that. By joining together across the nation with Greenwood and The United States Air Force Band’s official chorus – The Singing Sergeants, this new rendition of the timeless tune not only showcases over a dozen voices, but also serves as The United States Air Force Band’s very first collaborative release.
“Being able to sing a song that has inspired our nation for years is such an honor,” says Home Free’s Austin Brown. “And then you add in the fact that we were able to do it not only with the original artist, but also The United States Air Force Band – such an incredible experience! I just hope it shines a little light into people’s days, like it has in mine.”
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.” HERE.
“How wonderful to sing with Home Free – such artistic singers,” shares Greenwood. “I’ve never before enjoyed such freedom to be able to sing ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ – like you’ve never heard it. Thank you as well for the fantastic singers from The United States Air Force. They can really sing! Happy Independence Day, America.”
Home Free, Greenwood and The United States Air Force Band hope to have the opportunity to perform their special rendition soon.
For more information on Lee Greenwood, visit his website at leegreenwood.com and Facebook page. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @TheLeeGreenwood. and check out the other social media links he has listed on his website, too!
ABOUT HOME FREE
All-vocal Country entertainers Home Free have made their mark on the music scene, racking up nearly 600,000 album equivalents globally; embarking on major international tours; amassing 372+ MILLION YouTube views; and being declared “Country music fans’ favorite a cappella group” (Taste of Country). Their fifth studio album, DIVE BAR SAINTS (Home Free Records) arrived at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Chart. Home Free’s extensive catalog spotlights five additional Top 10 albums, including TIMELESS, FULL OF (EVEN MORE) CHEER, FULL OF CHEER, COUNTRY EVOLUTION, and their breakout debut CRAZY LIFE (2014), which hit #1 on iTunes Country chart and #4 overall following their victory on NBC’s The Sing-Off. With praise rolling in from the likes of Perez Hilton, Country Living, FOX & Friends, Rolling Stone, and AXS.com, the extraordinary showmen have continued to build a loyal fanbase with their harmony-laden versions of hits by John Mayer, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more.
ABOUT LEE GREENWOOD
Throughout his expansive career, international country music icon Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy Award 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 reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart shortly 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. Greenwood was appointed to the council of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008 by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the United States Senate, and continues to serve on the NEA at the pleasure of the President. 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.
ABOUT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND AND THE SINGING SERGEANTS:
The United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC is the Air Force’s premier musical organization. The excellence demonstrated by the Band’s Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. Since its formation in 1941, this world-class organization has inspired billions of listeners through its exhilarating music, engaging concerts and masterful recordings and continues to positively impact the global community.
The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the group is one of six musical ensembles that form The U.S. Air Force Band. Featuring 23 active duty Airmen musicians, the Singing Sergeants presents more than 200 performances annually performing a wide range of musical styles, for military and civilian ceremonial and diplomatic functions, education outreach events, public concerts nationwide, and local performances throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
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