When it comes to her career, Reba McEntire has already attained reaches of success that are unimaginable for most in all of music, not just the country genre. It is a sad truth that many artists only turn to a gospel collection as a “sign off” to life and career, in a way to be remembered in waning years. But reliance on faith is a birthed-in foundation for Reba McEntire, who still has her repertoire of church hymns from her Oklahoma raising. Matters of faith are finding a fresh footing recently, revolving around music. New late-night commercials are now peppered with the collection, “Faith, Hope, and Country,” summoning constants in values and stellar voices to soothe through the tumultuous topics of the headlines, and the Music City drama, “Nashville,” is taking a lead character on a trek of spiritual peace, with Americana folk mistress, Rhiannon Giddens as her mentor. Reba McEntire shared on Feb. 6’s “Today” why she is stepping forth now, and singing out in faith.
Despite being one of the handful of female entertainers recognized worldwide by just her first name, Reba had reservations about stepping into the spiritual side of song that her sister, Susie, had been singing as a fixture for 30 years. The two siblings had teamed up a few previous times, and there was never a worry for rivalry. “She said ‘You’ll have a blast with that,” as her sister’s response on hearing the plan for a first gospel album by Reba McEntire. Each sister has endured her share of moments drawing closer to God in rough times through recent years, with the loss of their dad, and difficult divorces. “It gives me hope, it gives me inspiration, when I sing the songs of “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.” The most precious instruction from God was the simplest for the legendary singer, “Be still, just be still,” and her question of “What for?” is one asked by believers from the beginning of time. One song in particular from the album, “God and My Girlfriends,” gave her grounding from the heart, and she hopes the feeling will transcend her listeners equally.
It is a certainty that the gift of voice has not suffered at all through the trials for Reba McEntire, her passionate “Back To God” has already shot to the top position across the genres, and her lively “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” done in definitive “Reba style” with full band and steel strings, shows that her decades don't stop her from hitting superlative high notes. Her last song for the morning was her heartfelt “God and My Girlfriends” that rings so true with the pain in her familiar twang in stretching notes that no listener could deny that it was a love note of very personal connection.
AXS has tickets for these Reba McEntire dates at the UK’s Country to Country: 2017:
Mar. 10—London, England The O2 Arena (Click here for tickets.)
Mar. 10—Glasgow, Scotland Clyde Auditorium (Click here for tickets.)
Mar. 10-- Glasgow, Scotland Clyde Auditorium Three-day ticket (Click here for tickets.)
Mar. 11-- London, England The O2 Arena (Click here for tickets.)