Moon River Weekends to include Lee Greenwood
Moon River Contact
Kathe Hill/Marketing Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRANSON, MISSOURI – February 27, 2013 – The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre announced today one of the stars to headline this Fall’s “Moon River Weekends” with national entertainers each weekend in September and October. Singer superstar, Lee Greenwood will perform this September on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. Both shows begin at 8pm and tickets are on sale now.
He has won numerous industry accolades including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance for “I.O.U.”. Also in 1985, he took home CMA Song of the Year honor as the writer of “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.
“Lee Greenwood is a huge star and we’re excited to have him at the Moon River Theatre this year. Lee has been extremely popular in the Branson area and we’re looking forward to an entertaining weekend in September as the second guest in our Moon River Weekends Series.”, stated Lynn Meredith, General Manager of Moon River. “The Moon River Theatre will continue to be a legacy for our founder, Andy Williams and be the home of great singers and entertainers.”
Additional performers will be announced in the coming days.
About Lee Greenwood
Lee Greenwood could easily talk about the accomplishments in his life, but this high energy entertainer prefers to continue writing and recording with the same passion and integrity that has always fueled his stellar career.
To that end, Greenwood has a new seven-song EP titled "I Want to be in Your World". He wrote three of the seven songs & exposes his musical talent on the saxophone on one of the original tracks, “Here Comes Love, There Goes My Heart”. He also covers the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad “You Can Let Go Now.” McDonald dropped by the studio to play piano on the song.
Greenwood claims a string of hits including “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands,” “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Holdin’ A Good Hand,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose)”, “She’s Lyin,” and “Dixie Road.” He has won numerous industry accolades 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.”. Also in 1985, he took home CMA Song of the Year honor as the writer of “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.
“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. I wanted 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 & enjoy.”
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 is popular with contestants on the Fox Network’s “American Idol” & 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.
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”, “Operation Never Forgotten” and, on the advisory board of the “Challenger Commission”. The singer is also a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, a Presidential appointment.
Music has always been a part of Greenwood’s life, even while growing up on a farm near Sacramento, California. 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. 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.
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 MCA Records. He began working with producer Jerry Crutchfield, with whom he recorded his debut album “It Turns Me Inside Out.” The title track became his first hit, followed by “She’s Lyin”, Ain’t No Trick” and “Going, Going, Gone.” It would be the first of many albums on three different labels in Nashville.
Greenwood took his career a step beyond songwriting when he released his new book, "Does God Still Bless the USA". It features a calendar called “Prayers of a Patriot” and includes two songs, written by Greenwood, for download in the back of the book.
For Tickets to Lee Greenwood and all the “Moon River Weekends” Shows at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in 2013, call 800-MOON-094 or visit Andy Williams.com