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article imageInterview with Lee Greenwood Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 13, 2013 in Entertainment
Nashville - On July 12, I chatted in person with veteran country music star Lee Greenwood backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, prior to his live performance.
“I usually perform at the Opry three times a year, but tonight is a special occasion because the man that signed me to MCA Records, Jim Foglesong, almost thirty years ago passed on this week,” he said. “I am really happy to be here. I will do a tribute during the show to Jim and his family. I will sing two songs tonight, ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ and ‘It Turns Me Inside Out,’ which was our very first single on MCA in 1980.”
Throughout his career, Lee has scored twenty Top 10 hits between 1983 and 1990, several of which reached the top of the charts such as “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going, Gone” and “Dixie Road.” He was named “Male Vocalist of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) in 1983 and 1984, as well as the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in 1983; moreover, his song “I.O.U.” garnered a Grammy for “Best Male Country Vocal Performance” in 1985.
On his latest album “I Want to Be In Your World,” which he released via Tate Music, he remarked, “It’s a seven song CD and I produced it last year. I wrote three songs on there that represent three decades of my music,” he acknowledged.
Lee revealed that the album’s title cut is dedicated to meeting his wife and he wrote it last year. “My favorite song on the album is ‘Wounded Heart’ which I wrote over twenty years ago. It has a cool R&B and adult contemporary vibe to it,” he shared.
Most recently, a spotlight exhibit entitled “Lee Greenwood: American Patriot” opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of his heartfelt anthem, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” which is expected to run through April 25, 2014. “It’s an interesting journey that we have taken with this song. It’s interesting that they have paid this tribute to my career while I am still alive since a lot of the people that they have honored in the Country Music Hall of Fame have passed on. It is just really flattering,” the Grammy winner said.
Lee is slated to release a “Greatest Hits: Live” CD later this year and he recorded this musical effort during the Fourth of July weekend, during his touring schedule. Particularly impressive about this project is that his fans are invited to select the songs on there, as well as to submit their photos for an album cover. “We are going to edit that album and we are probably going to have that album out in the fall, depending on how quickly we get the pictures from the fans,” he said.
Regarding the key to longevity in the music business, the singing sensation concluded, “Keep yourself healthy, since that is really important. Be faithful to the music and be loyal because the fans are very loyal to you.”
To learn more about Lee Greenwood, visit his official website.
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