Singing superstar Beyonce is getting in touch with her patriotic side. The Houston native — set to release her fourth solo album this summer — has recorded a cover of “God Bless the USA” that will benefit charity once it goes on sale via iTunes on Friday.
Bey, 29, first recorded an unreleased version of country crooner Lee Greenwood’s 1984 anthem when she was an instrumental part of the Obama inauguration festivities back in 2008. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. The foundation, set up in 1985, has distributed over $114 million to the families of New York City police and fire personnel who have perished in the line of duty. The track arrives just as President Obama prepares to visit Manhattan’s Ground Zero on Thursday, to honor those lost on 9/11 in the wake of the assassination of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
Listen up: Beyonce’s “God Bless the USA” makes its world premiere on Thursday’s edition of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight (9 PM EST).
“I just listened to the #Beyonce song – and it’s stunning,” Morgan told his Twitter followers this afternoon.