William Lee Golden is a shining example of a life well lived. A true American original, the longtime oak ridge boy is also a solo recording artist, painter and photographer. He is a member of both the country and gospel music halls of fame as well as a member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. These days the 82-year-old icon enjoys the contentment that comes from a balanced life. He’s won nearly every possible award for music as well as the love of a good woman and revels in sharing life in his historic Tennessee home with his wife, Simone.
When many people were pressing the pause button during the pandemic, Golden was at his most creative, writing his biography Behind the Beard with Scot England, recording a new album with The Oak Ridge Boys, Front Porch Singin’ and recording three new albums with his family. Golden gathered his sons Rusty, Craig and Chris, his grandchildren Elizabeth, Rebekah and Elijah and friend Aaron McCune to record Country Roads: Vintage Country Classics, Old Country Church Gospel and Southern Accents: Pop & Country Rock.
“I feel like these recording projects and videos with my sons will ultimately be my greatest legacy in music,” William Lee says. “I’m baring my heart and soul.”
Golden’s musical journey began in tiny Brewton, Alabama where he grew up on his family farm. Surrounded by music, he started singing at the age of seven and began performing regularly on his grandfather’s weekly radio show along with his sister, Lanette. It was there that his love of harmony came alive and by his teenage years, Golden grew to appreciate the country Gospel, doo-wop and pop quartets.