For the second year in a row, Greenwood delivered an inspiring rendition of ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ to over 1,8000 esteemed members and guests at the Washington Hilton on behalf of The Congressional Club.
Lee Greenwood delivered another distinguished performance of ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ Tuesday to over 1,8000 esteemed guests at the Washington Hilton’s International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. at the 107th First Lady’s Luncheon, honoring Mrs. Melania Trump and also celebrating Indiana’s Hoosier Heartland. The event was presented by The Congressional Club Museum and Foundation, chaired by Jennifer Messer (R-IN) and co-chair Patti Garamendi (D-CA). Greenwood was joined by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band, featuring Master Sergeant Kevin L. Bennear who performed the National Anthem.
Four-time Emmy award winner and former co-host of ‘TODAY’ Kathie Lee Giffordwas also in attendance and recognized as a special guest, introducing a dynamic performance of “The God Who Sees” which she co-wrote with Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian singer Nicole C. Mullen. The performance was set to a portion of a short film Gifford produced with Mullen in Israel, based on the song. Multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith performed a selection of his most well-known hit songs, including a patriotic video montage in remembrance of 9/11 “There She Stands” and closed with his heartfelt blockbuster hit “Friends.” Smith was also recently honored by Gifford, Greenwood, and Mullen in Nashville for his 35th anniversary of 'Friends'.
“What an honor it was to be asked for a second year in a row to perform for some of the most powerful women in our nation’s capital," said Greenwood. "I was overjoyed to sing at the bipartisan Congressional Club's luncheon for the First Lady, and to hear more about the great Be Best program she has launched to help children within our borders and around the world.”
The First Lady posted to social media following the event: "Honored to take part in the 107th First Lady’s Luncheon today hosted by the Congressional Club. A wonderful opportunity to come together w/ spouses for a bipartisan event. Thank you for all you do & the generous donations you give that support & care for our communities. #BeBest"
Other distinguished guests in attendance included Mrs. Karen Pence, The Second Lady of the United States of America, Mr. Paul Pelosi, Husband of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, Wife of the Secretary of State, Mrs. Ginni Lamp Thomas, Wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Martha-Ann Alito, Wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Louise Gorsuch, Wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh, Wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Christine Barr, Wife of the Attorney General, Mrs. Gena Bernhardt, Wife of the Secretary of the Interior, Mrs. Mary Perdue, Wife of the Secretary of Agriculture, Mrs. Hilary Geary Ross, Wife of the Secretary of Commerce, Mrs. Jennifer Azar, Wife of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mrs. Candy Carson, Wife of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Julia Wilkie, Wife of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, The Honorable Elaine Chao, The Secretary of Transportation and Wife of the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Judy McCarthy, Wife of the U.S. House Republican Leader.
Greenwood continues to tour extensively in 2019, and fans can catch up with him at one of his many concert appearances.
Lee Greenwood on Tour:
May 21 Nashville, Tenn. / Grand Ole Opry
May 24 Winston-Salem, N.C. / Annex Theater
May 26 Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Motor Speedway
Jun 28 Roanoke Rapids, N.C. / Roanoke Rapids Theatre
Jun 29 Marion, Va. / The Lincoln Theater
Jul 03 Hot Springs , Ar. / Oaklawn Jockey Club
Jul 04 Ft Lauderdale, Fla. / Ft Lauderdale Beach
Jul 06 Cabazon, Calif. / Casino Morongo
Aug 08 Nichols, N.Y. / Tioga Downs Grandstand
Aug 09 Vernon, N.Y. / Vernon Downs Grandstand
Aug 14 Grants Pass, Ore. / Josephine County Fairgrounds & Event Center
Aug 18 Louisville , Ky. / Kentucky State Fairgrounds
Sep 07 Batesville, Ar. / Univ of Arkansas Community College
Sep 19 Bremen, Ga. / Mill Town Music Hall
Sep 20 Walhalla, S.C. / Walhalla Performing Arts Center
Sep 21 Clarksville, Tenn. / Beachaven Winery
Nov 02 Knoxville, Tenn. / University of Tennessee
Nov 08 Emporia, Kan. / Emporia Granada Theatre
Nov 09 Rogers, Ar. / John Q Hammons Convention Center
Nov 10 Branson, Mo. / Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Dec 04 Branson, Mo. / Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Dec 05 Cedar Park, Texas / HEB Center
Dec 13 Immokalee, Fla. / Seminole Casino
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 was also No. 1 on the pop charts 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.