Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: Lee Greenwood USA '84 40th Anniversary of God Bless the USA From beginning to play the piano   

at age seven and saxophone at age twelve, music has always been a part of Lee Greenwood’s life. As an American country artist, he bridged the gap between traditional and contemporary country music and is best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA.” The iconic song, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2023, 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 multiple times, giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also #1 on the pop charts after 9/11/01. Greenwood says, “USA is the song I always felt I needed to write. I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast, and I wanted to instill pride back into our country.”

While Greenwood could easily talk about the accomplishments in his life, this high-energy entertainer prefers to continue writing and recording with the same passion and integrity that has always fueled his amazing career. Greenwood continues to tour across the country and performs for many charitable events, lending his time and name to numerous organizations including Helping A Hero, of which he is the National Ambassador. Helping a Hero provides specially-adapted homes for wounded warriors and their families.

Greenwood has also achieved success as an author, penning the politically-charged book, “Does God Still Bless the USA: A Plea for a Better America,” which was published in 2012 and a children’s illustrated book, called “Proud To Be An American.”

Lee and his wife, Kimberly, a former Miss Tennessee, fell in love on his 1989 USO/DOD tour. They were married in Nashville in 1992 and have two sons, Dalton and Parker.

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