Born and bred in Macon, Georgia, Buddy Greene has been performing for audiences since the tender age of ten, but his first big break came when he landed a position in country superstar Jerry Reed’s band. As rhythm guitarist, singer, and harmonicist, Buddy’s four-year stint with Reed was the ideal apprenticeship, including appearances on numerous TV shows and recordings, and tours throughout the country.
By 1984, Buddy and his wife Vicki had moved to Nashville where he was able to more fully develop as a musician, entertainer and songwriter. In 1986, Buddy released his first solo recording, a self-titled debut of original gospel music followed the next year by an instrumental release, “Praise Harmonica,” that helped to establish his reputation as one of Nashville’s best on the harmonica. At the same time, he began touring the country as a featured performer with gospel greats Bill and Gloria Gaither. Buddy has received 9 Dove Award nominations from the Gospel Music Association, winning the Dove Award for Best Country Album in 1991.
He has also made his mark as a songwriter. Besides the many self-penned songs of his own recordings, he co-wrote (along with Mark Lowry) the modern Christmas classic “Mary, Did You Know,” recorded by a host of major artists, including Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers and Wynonna, Natalie Cole, Clay Aiken, CeeLo Green, Rascal Flatts, Mary J Blige and Pentatonix. Other milestones in Buddy’s career include performing at numerous Billy Graham crusades, especially the 1992 New York Crusade before a crowd of 250,000 in Central Park. Ten years later, his performance of the “William Tell Overture” at Carnegie Hall received a standing ovation and has been viewed by millions on YouTube. Buddy’s latest project, “Looking Back,” provides a strong summary statement of his journey and marks his 20th release in a 30+ year recording career.