Holy Spirit Left Reba McEntire In Tears While Recording New
McEntire has been successful so long, it's hard to remember a
time when she wasn't a household name. While the Oklahoma girl
is primarily known for the impact she's had in country music,
God has always been at the center of Reba's life. And in an
exclusive God Updates interview with Reba McEntire, we were
blessed to hear all about her new, Spirit-led Gospel album --
Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope!
Reba McEntire comes
from a musically talented family, with two of her three siblings
also pursuing music careers. Her little sister, Susie, was the
Gospel singer. So, Reba stuck to country, not wanting to step on
her sister's toes.
But praise and worship has always been near and dear to Reba's heart. And
she's finally living out her dream with 2017 new double album,
"Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope." It won
her a Grammy award for "Best Roots Gospel Album."
And the country icon
was kind enough to chat with God Updates about her faith, her
personal relationship with God and how all of it played into her
The first single, "Back To God," reached #1 on
Billboard's contemporary Christian music charts.
So, what was your
inspiration behind recording a Gospel album?
Reba: Well, two
friends of mine. One of my managers from the past -- he was my
manager in 1984, Bill Carter -- kept talking to me about
doing a Gospel album. Then Tony Brown, who was one of my
producers kept, in conjunction with Bill, saying "Reba you gotta
do a gospel album." And I said, "Well, alright." And so, it was
their encouragement and me having so many songs that I had kind
of hoarded on my computer that I'd been wantin' to record for a
while. That was my inspiration and my encouragement to do a
What is the biggest
difference you've found between recording this gospel album
verses a traditional country album?
not very much difference at all. I look for songs the same way.
On this album, I wanted to do half the hymns and half the praise
and worship that I grew up with. But then I wanted to do an
equal amount of songs that were new. And so on the new side, I
looked for them just like I do country songs. I just find songs
that touch my heart and if I like them and I don't get tired of
listening to the demo those are the songs that wind up being the
ones I record.
Which songs were you looking
forward the most to recording?
and My Girlfriends" was one of 'um. The other one was "Back to God." That's a song that was on Randy Houser's
first album. I love [Randy's] whole album, but that was my
favorite song on the album. And when they didn't release it as a
single and when I was recording this album, I wanted to have
this one on it because, it is such a powerful song. It's so now
-- it's something that we need right now. We need to listen to
it and give this world back to God. We're screwing things up, we
got to get it back to God!
Which Bible verse
spoke to your heart while you were going through the process of
recording this album?
Reba: "Love the
Lord with all your heart, your soul, your mind" (Matthew 22:37).
And then Proverbs 23
-- it says it all. It's the same story Rick Warren was
talking the other day about, of the son leavin' his father wantin' half of his inheritance and he goes into the world and
blows his inheritance. He starts workin' for this farmer and
he's sloppin' the pigs and he says, "Golly, my dad's servants
were treated better than this! I'm gonna go back home." Instead
of sayin,' "Dad I want" he says "Dad I'm back. I'll do anything
And it's the same with God. I mean, we can leave Him but as soon as we
turn around and say "God we're back" He opens His arms and just
takes us in. So, it's just so sweet how God is. He's so
forgiving! And if you just go back and say "Hey I'm home! Can I
come in?" He's like "You bet you can. Come on, here's your
favorite chair all over again."
Where is your favorite place
to go be with God?
I love to get out and walk. I love to be out in nature -- I
connect there. I can be in the bathroom, if I've got my little
"Jesus Always" book. (by Sarah Young)
I love that book. It really speaks to me. And it's so funny -- I can open
it up on a day. . . like today, I opened it up this morning and
it was like "Wow. I needed that so much!" And it's just like a
sweet message. And it really touches my soul. So, it's just
about anywhere. I can have my talk with God in the car, in bed,
morning, night -- wherever I am. I talk to him an AWFUL lot
during the day!
Where there any special
moments while you were recording this album?
Great Thou Art", when I got through with singing the song, I
would go in there with Doug Sisemore, my co-producer, and
Todd Tidwell. We would listen to it and see if I needed
to sing it again. And when I was listening to "How Great Thou
Art," the Holy Spirit came over me so strong I would weep,
and I would sob, and it was just like "Wow. . . why this song?"
I didn't understand why. But more than any of the other ones, it
would totally wrap me up. It was just so sweet. It was like His
arms were around me. It's pretty cool!
Reba's album, "Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope," released on
February 3, 2017. It features a mix of some of Reba's favorite
classic hymns -- such as "How Great Thou Art," "Oh Happy
Day!" and "Jesus Loves Me" -- along with new praise
songs -- such as "God And My Girlfriends," "Back To God,"
and "Angels Singin'." And all are sung as only Reba can!
~ from godvine.com ~
video of her
#1 CCM hit,
"Back To God"
Reba McEntire won
the "Best Roots Gospel Album"
with her Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope album.
Reba McEntire on recording
inspirational songs in dark times: "A lot of people will be able to
Yahr - The Washington Post
When a celebrity goes
through a deeply personal situation, it can feel like the whole
world wants to know the details. Reba McEntire, the legendary
country singer and popular TV actress of the WB's "Reba,"
experienced this in 2015 when she split from her husband of 26
years. And after the tabloid attention died down and fans gave her
privacy, her friends still urged her to vent about her feelings.
"My girlfriends would always want me to talk about it," McEntire, 61,
said recently in a phone interview. But she wasn't ready yet. Then,
a friend sent her a song called "From the Inside Out,'" which
had lyrics such as "Allow me some solitude, it's good for a soul ...
give me room to cower underneath my fear." McEntire, who was
recording an inspirational album at the time, was struck by the
"I said, 'Wow, this says it so plainly.' I don't want to talk about it
now, I want to heal from the inside out. And when I do heal, then
I'll be able to talk about all of my pain and what I've been
through," McEntire said. "So that's a very powerful song that I
think a lot of people will be able to relate to."
Reba knows a lot about
relatability through music - her instincts for songs with messages
that strike a nerve have powered a four-decade career, which
continues with the recent release of her 31st studio album. Her
first gospel project, "Sing It Now: Songs of Hope and Faith,"
is a double album that features traditional hymns on the first half
("Jesus Loves Me," "Amazing Grace," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"),
and is accompanied by contemporary tracks on the second half,
including "From the Inside Out."
The lead single is one of
the modern songs, "Back to God," originally recorded by
Randy Houser on his debut album about nine years ago. McEntire's
label head, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine's NASH Icon,
flagged it as a single as soon as he heard the tune, which is about
people turning to their faith in difficult times - and for some
fans, it's a very calming song in the current never-ending news
"People have said 'It's so timely, we need it right now,'" McEntire
said. "To me, I think we've always needed it throughout the history
of us, ever since we've been on the earth. We've always needed to
turn back to God."
Reba has never been shy about talking about her faith, although she calls
herself more spiritual than religious. ("Religion starts putting up
boundaries and then arguments, and I really don't want to argue.")
But she never thought about releasing an inspirational/gospel record
until two separate colleagues brought it up a couple years ago. She
found the process incredibly healing as she reinterpreted her
favorite religious songs, which used to be a popular career move for
"When I first got started, everybody put a gospel song in the show. That
was just the thing to do. Because that's our heritage, that's our
roots," she said. "Because we all probably either grew up singing in
church, it's just a part of it. It's such a big part of who we are."
McEntire admitted she got emotional while recording several hymns,
including "How Great Thou Art," which she calls "a love
letter to God": "I would go in the control room and listen to it and
sob," she recalled. Other recording sessions, however, were just
fun: like her rendition of "Softly and Tenderly," which
features her friend, Trisha Yearwood, and daughter-in-law,
Kelly Clarkson, who is married to McEntire's stepson.
And, although the message of faith and hope on her latest album can help
people through divisive times, Reba plans to stay far away from any
"I am put on this earth to help people through music. I don't get
involved with politics, I don't do that," McEntire said. "That's not
my job. I'm an entertainer, I'm a singer, I love to perform. So I
stick with the genre that I'm in and try to help as many people as