In celebration of Independence Day, Home Free have released their cover version of "God Bless the USA." The group are taking the chance to pay tribute to the brave men and women of our military with Lee Greenwood's signature song.
"We feel very blessed to be able to make music for a living, and we know it's only because we live in a country made great by the sacrifices of others," Home Free's Tim Foust says. "This is our tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces, past and presently serving."
"God Bless the USA" first appeared on Greenwood's 1984's You've Got a Good Love Comin'. It reached No. 7 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart when originally released in the spring of 1984, and was played at the 1984 Republican National Convention with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan in attendance, but the song gained greater prominence during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, as a way of boosting morale.
The popularity of the song rose sharply after the September 11 attacks and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the song was re-released as a single, re-entering the country music charts at No. 16 and peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 2001. The song was also re-recorded in 2003 and released as "God Bless the USA 2003". The song also rose up in popularity in May 2011 when Osama bin Laden was killed by an American raid in Pakistan.
Home Free is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance. The group competed in and won the fourth season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013. They sang an arrangement of Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy," as their final competitive song, earning the group $100,000 and a recording contract with Sony. Home Free released their first album, Crazy Life, on February 18, 2014. It was released digitally on January 14, 2014.