Ray Stevens’ 2016 Song ‘Dear America’ Is A Tribute To Fallen Military & Lives Lost On 9/11

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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Ray Stevens has been astounding the entertainment industry with his talents not only as a musician, but also as a television host, producer, and comedian!

Perhaps most known for being the original artist to record Kris Kristofferson’s iconic song “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” Stevens has gone on to record other various hits, including “Everything Is Beautiful” and “Misty.”

Fortunately for us, Stevens released a single in September 2016 that will leave you feeling extra patriotic! Titled “Dear America,” the song showcases undying patriotism and pride in the sacrifices that our brave men and women in forces, as well as the people as a nation, have made to ensure our safety and freedom.

Dressed in strikingly dark apparel, Stevens is playing the piano while singing the hopeful lyrics, while incorporating various images that coincide with our great nation.

Stevens makes references to tragic events, singing, “I give my words that I will not forget that dark September day….

He continues, “Dear America, no I won’t forget the families who hold a photograph and a thousand vivid memories and a neatly folded flag.”

Stevens’ heartbreaking song is essentially a personal promise to his country, conveying his desire to do all in his power to keep his nation great, in light of the sacrifices that have been made thus far.


“We released this song to both create an awareness but also show an appreciation for not only the men and women who died on 9/11, but also the ones that are still dying each and every day for this country,” Ray told Rare Country. “The fact that it has gone viral has been quite a surprise though. I never thought it would create such a reaction. But that reaction is such a good thing. Maybe America is ready to hear something positive.”

Be sure to give this inspiring single a listen! We know you won’t be disappointed.

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