Location: Paddock Stage
Lee Greenwood is an icon in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit. With seven chart-topping songs and 25 charted singles, his hits include: “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,” “Fools Gold,” and “Mornin Ride”.
He has won numerous industry awards including, Male Vocalist of the Year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1983 and 1984, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”
He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA,” which has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America. The singer knows first-hand what it’s like to have loved ones fighting for the freedom of all Americans as his father served in the Navy and the Merchant Marine in World War II. “USA” is now part of the film shown when swearing in new citizens to the United States.
“God Bless the USA” 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 also topped the pop charts after 9/11/01.
Greenwood performs for many charitable events and gives his time and name to numerous organizations and fundraisers. He is the national spokesperson the Honor 1 Campaign; on the advisory board of the “Challenger Commission” and is a celebrity advisor to Helping A Hero, an organization building specially adapted homes for Wounded Warriors. Lee is also is a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, a Presidential appointment.