Throughout her impressive legacy, Reba McEntire has conquered it all -- from country radio to TV, film and Broadway. The powerhouse has never had the chance to record a gospel album -- until now. Her double-decker release, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, arrives everywhere next Friday, Feb. 3, and contains some of the singer's most expressive and heartfelt work of her career. She threads together new versions of classic hymnals such as "Jesus Loves Me" and "Amazing Grace" with brand new songs like the potent and bluesy "I Got the Lord on My Side" (on which her mother contributed lyrics).
But it's the incredibly visceral and timely "Back to God"--in which she pleads "in these darkest days, are you not afraid that it's too late?"--that is the album's most important recording. Today (Jan. 25), the singer releases the accompanying music video, which mixes funeral processions, candlelight vigils and plenty of tear-soaked memories. The clip culminates in a packed church service; all the individuals featured seek out comfort and hope in a troubled world.
"Back to God' was originally recorded by Randy Houser for his 2008 studio album Anything Goes.
On shooting the uplifting music video, Reba previously shared, "It was very inspirational. We got to shoot it in this beautiful church here in on the east side of Nashville. It's the Tulip Tree United Methodist Church. A lot of people came in and was a participant for the video. It turned out really well."
Sing It Now includes Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood on the potent "Softly & Tenderly" and The Isaacs on a mashup of "In the Garden" and "Wonderful Peace."
Reba plays the Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 15 in support of the new record. "I think I was seven years old the first time I ever went to the Ryman Auditorium, and here I am...old and I'm going to get to perform a whole concert. I'll be doing songs from all of my greatest hits I've gotten to do over my 40-year career and a few songs from the new gospel album. It's also the 125-year anniversary for the Ryman Auditorium..."
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Watch the empowering video below: