Spotlight On Lee Greenwood at the Constitution
Fair in Gilbert, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S.
On September 20, 2014, Lee
Greenwood performed at the 2014 Constitution Fair at the Gilbert
Town Square Civic Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
put on a fantastic patriotic show with many of his hits including
many songs from his CD "American Patriot". To end the evening,
he sang his biggest hit, "God Bless The USA" and received a standing
ovation throughout the whole song.
The 350 Voice
Millennial Choir sang before Lee Greenwood and they did a wonderful
medley of patriotic songs.
The Constitution Fair in
Gilbert, Arizona is the largest Constitution Fair in the United
States. They had Arizona Fallen Soldier Displays, a military
helicopter, a display of the U.S.S. Arizona, skydivers, kids
patriotic activities, food vendors, American history displays,
ringing of Liberty Bell and a fantastic fireworks display and much,
much more. See you at next years Constitution Fair in Gilbert,
Arizona during Constitution Week.
More on Lee Greenwood:
Lee Greenwood is an ICON in country music, with more than 30
albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called
With seven #1 songs & 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". Several cross
over hits include, "Touch & Go Crazy", "IOU" and the duet with
Barbara Mandrell, "To Me". An additional duet with Suzie Boggus,
"Hopelessly Yours", was nominated for a Grammy. The CD "American
Patriot", recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3
Greenwood's latest CD is: "I Want to be in Your World". He wrote
three of the seven songs & plays saxophone on the original
track, "Here Comes Love There Goes My Heart". He also covered the
Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad, "You Can Let Go Now."
McDonald is featured playing piano on the song.
Lee Greenwood 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,
1983 & 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." The song, "God Bless the USA" 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 & the
Merchant Marine in World War II. "USA" is now part of the film for
Homeland Security shown when swearing in new citizens to the United
"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 was also #1 on the pop
charts after 9/11/01.
Greenwood says; "USA is the song I always felt the need to
write". "I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from
coast to coast. and to instill pride back in the United States. The
song represents my family, my community and those men & women
who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love &
In 2011, Beyonce offered her version of "God Bless the USA" as a
download, with the proceeds going to the 9/11 firefighters fund in
NYC. It has been performed by contestants on the Fox Network's
"American Idol" twice & was the winning song in the 2011
"Dancing with the Stars" competition on ABC. It is performed at all
military and patriotic events throughout the year all across
America. "USA" has also been in several movies.
Greenwood performs for many charitable events and gives his time
& name to numerous organizations and fundraisers. He is the
National spokesperson for "Products for Good", the Honor 1 Campaign,
and on the advisory board of the "Challenger Commission". The singer
is also a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, a
Music has always been a part of Greenwood's life. He started
playing the piano when he was seven and the saxophone at 12. In
junior high, he started his first group called the Moonbeams. His
sister Patricia was the piano player in the band. By the time, he
finished High School he played most all the instruments in the
orchestra and was the Drum Major for the marching band.
Greenwood was born in Los Angeles California & finished high
school in Sacramento in June 1960. He passed on track & music
scholarships to the College of the Pacific along with a professional
baseball career to pursue his passion for music. He also elected to
skip his high school graduation ceremony to begin work at the Golden
Hotel & Casino in Reno Nevada with his own band, the "Apollos".
That turned out to be a great choice.
The California native was discovered in 1979 by Larry McFaden,
who saw him performing in a show at the Nugget Casino in Sparks,
Nevada. Larry was the bass player and bandleader for Mel Tillis. He
brought the singer to Nashville and got him signed to the Halsey
Agency, who booked the Oak Ridge Boys. He began working with
producer Jerry Crutchfield who would record with Lee for the next 20
"Choosing songs to record is always exciting," says Greenwood.
"I'm a songwriter as well and I love lyrics that have depth and
emotion. I'm thankful for the many writers & artists who have
contributed to my career".
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.
Greenwood has also released a book in 2012, "Does God Still Bless
the USA". It features a 30 day calendar, "Prayers of a Patriot" and
includes two songs, written by Greenwood, free for download in the
back of the book. One is a new version of "God Bless the USA" and
the other is a Praise & Worship song, "Show me the Way".
Check out Lee's website: https://www.leegreenwood.com/
Thanks For The Music Lee!