Tuesday, May 17, 2011

American Idol's Lauren Alaina Sings "God Bless America" During Her Final 3 Homecoming

American Idol Season 10's Southern Belle Lauren Alaina sings "God Bless America" at a Chattanooga Lookouts Game during her Final 3 Homecoming. "God Bless America" is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. It became the signature song of Kate Smith.

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, "God Bless America" is commonly sung during the seventh-inning stretch in Major League Baseball games, most often on Sundays. The tradition has percolated down to minor league baseball games as well.




Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Canadian pop star Celine Dion performed the song on the TV special America: A Tribute to Heroes. Shortly afterwards on October 16, Sony Music Entertainment released a benefit album called God Bless America, which featured Dion singing the song. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and became the first charity album to reach the top since USA for Africa's "We Are the World" in 1985.

The song was recorded by New York City's "singing cop", Daniel Rodríguez, and charted for one week at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a single. Before the 2001 versions, the last time "God Bless America" had been a Billboard chart hit was in 1959, when Connie Francis reached #36 with her version (the B-side of her Top 10 hit "Among My Souvenirs").

"God Bless America" takes the form of a prayer (intro lyrics "as we raise our voices, in a solemn prayer") for God's blessing and peace for the nation ("...stand beside her and guide her through the night...").


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