Most country fans know Ray Stevens for his hilarious parody songs and videos. However, the “Comedy King of Music City” is also a Grammy award winning songwriter who hit number one with the gospel-inspired track “Everything Is Beautiful” in 1970. Now, the multi-talented musician is reconnecting with his softer side for his patriotic new single, “Dear America.”
The single’s brand new video acts as a visual tribute to the greatest parts of our country, from scenic mountain ranges to images of soldiers fighting for our freedoms.
Penned by Connie Jo Hamrick, wife of Stevens’ longtime keyboardist, the song feels like a modern sequel to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”
It seems like no surprise that the video was released just a few days before the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Images of the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial bring those feelings of immense patriotism that emerged after the attacks.
“[The song] is an open letter to America,” Stevens explains in a behind-the-scenes video. “I think the song is very appropriate for the situation in our country today.”