William Lee Golden is one of the most recognized personalities in Country and Gospel music, having garnered the highest accolades as a member of the legendary group The Oak Ridge Boys. Now, the renowned “Mountain Man” is climbing to new heights in the world of fine art.
Raised in rural south Alabama, Golden’s distinctive baritone voice took on international stature. This farmer's son from Brewton is one of three children. At age seven he began performing on his grandfather’s weekly radio show along with his sister, Lanette. Although he was painfully shy off stage, his love for singing and harmony was clear early on. William Lee Golden moved to Nashville and joined The Oak Ridge Boys in 1965.
Over the years, William Lee has also had considerable success with solo-recordings. He was personally awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and “Entertainer of the Year Award” from the Cherokee Indian Association, an organization of fifteen American tribes. The multi-talented artist was also honored with an official 2010 invitation to the intriguing Bohemian Grove.
Looking beyond the mound of accolades, the bearded audio and visual artist has always observed God’s handwriting in nature. “In my travels around the world, I see the beauty and majesty in each country’s landscape. I try to capture my surroundings on canvas as I see them. My paintings are the backdrops from my life.” Critics and collectors commend his exceptional vision and distinctive approach to color and light.
Golden’s original painting titled, Bush Garden, was recently acquired by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Among their permanent collection, the flowering Maine setting is on display in this esteemed facility.
Former First Lady, Barbara Bush comments, “George and I not only love William Lee Golden’s art, but we are the proud owners of a Walker’s Point Vista. His paintings reflect his love of color. Bush Garden is a joy, and we are honored that he has chosen to paint our garden.”
In April of 2007, the prestigious Gilcrease Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, presented Golden’s autumn landscape named after the hit single, Ozark Mountain Jubilee. That same year, the Nashville International Airport selected William Lee as the initial artist to launch their exhibiting hall in Concourse C. Millions of visitors viewed six of William’s original paintings during the ten-month showing. The William Lee Golden Collection has appeared at The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, The Tennessee State Museum and other prominent venues across the United States.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” The William Lee Golden Collection chronicles the journey of this extraordinary man.
William Lee, his wife Brenda, and his youngest son, Solomon, reside in Hendersonville, TN. His older sons Rusty and Chris also live in Tennessee, while his son Craig lives in Pensacola, Fl. Golden has six grandchildren.
For further information about William Lee Golden, go to www.williamleegolden.com.