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Musician brings patriotism to GPAC

By Laura Mininno
Staff Writer

Grammy-award-winner Lee Greenwood will perform Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in GPAC.

Greenwood is far from an “overnight success story.”

He is one of the most internationally recognized country artists and is often identified with patriotism because of his 1983 hit, “God Bless the U.S.A.”

After many years of struggling in the music business, Greenwood single-handedly changed what patriotism meant in the United States.
Lee Greenwood who sings the patriotic song "God Bless the U.S.A." will perform at GPAC Dec. 6. (Photo courtesy of University Relations)
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Lee Greenwood who sings the patriotic song "God Bless the U.S.A." will perform at GPAC Dec. 6.
The song shot him into the spotlight as an American icon.

In 2003, which was the 20-year anniversary of “God Bless the U.S.A.’s” release, an online poll showed that the song was voted the “most recognizable patriotic song” in the nation, according to Lee Greenwood Online. Other songs in the poll included the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

Greenwood began his career humbly on a farm near Sacramento, Calif. It was in junior high school when he started experimenting with his musical talents.

By the age of 14, Greenwood had learned to play almost all of the instruments in the orchestra. His parents were musicians and he followed in their footsteps at an early age.

His life already seemed to be set as an entertainer, and he quickly gained the musical and business skills that he would need as his career continued to progress.

That young boy’s musical career has progressed quite substantially and Greenwood’s performances are still as in-demand as well as his music.

He has performed at venues worldwide and been on numerous television programs.

According to Greenwood’s online biography, he has recently performed a Capella at the Prayer Service at Yankee Stadium in New York for rescue workers who were at Ground Zero on 9/11.

He has also lent his talents to the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit, Mich, Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Hannity & Colmes, The Other Half, Movie Guide Awards, Access Hollywood and many more.

“If you’re smart, you learn pretty quickly that life in the music industry is a journey that never really posts an ‘arrival time,’” said Greenwood.

"I’ve loved the ride—the ups and even the downs—and it’s only thanks to God and a lot of good people around me that I’ve stayed pretty steady no matter how hard the ground shook. I think it’s a lesson we all collectively learned as a nation on 9/11. The ground shook, but when the dust cleared, we stood strong—prouder than ever to be Americans.”

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  The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Updated: Monday, December 5, 2005
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