Reba McEntire will release the gospel double album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” on Feb. 3, jointly through Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. Album cover art provided
Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Reba McEntire has never been one to rest on her laurels and continues to prove that her strong work ethic couples well with passion as she prepares to release the gospel double album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” on Feb. 3, jointly through Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group.
From the set of her forthcoming music video for “Back To God,” Reba, who hails from Chockie, revealed via Facebook details about her influences, upbringing and lifelong help from her guardian angels that lead to this collection. The double-disc project highlights traditional hymns of “faith” throughout the first 10 songs while more contemporary tracks of “hope” round out the back half.
“’Sing It Now’ was the perfect title for this album because the message and melody throughout the song connects the dots between the traditional hymns I grew up on and new music that has been uplifting for me in challenging times,” said Reba.
According to a news release, Reba let her heart and friends help guide the song selection, which includes the first tune she ever sang in public, “Jesus Loves Me,” a former “Reba” co-star’s suggestion of “Oh Happy Day” and an introduction from a close associate to “From The Inside Out.” Collaborating with Kelly Clarkson and former Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood, “Softly and Tenderly” is available today via smarturl.it/RebaSingItNow through the pre-order, giving fans a sense of the spirit with a new track each Friday leading up to the release.
Special packages with autographed merchandise (CD, vinyl and framed print) as well as T-shirt and leather journal bundles are up now at Reba.com. Reba co-produced the album with Jay DeMarcus* of Rascal Flatts in his home studio and band leader/musical director Doug Sisemore.
“Music conjures up great memories and goes hand and hand with us McEntires,” said Reba. “Mama, Susie and Alice even came into the studio with me to record ‘I’ll Fly Away,’ all of us gathered around an old hymnal straight from the Chockie church.”
Reba will feature the new music and signature hits spanning four decades with her first-ever headline show at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 15. For more information and tickets, go to ryman.com/events/Reba.
“SING IT NOW: SONGS OF FAITH & HOPE” TRACK LIST
1. Jesus Loves Me | Written by William Batchelder Bradbury | Arrangement by Reba McEntire
2. Oh, How I Love Jesus* | Written by Frederick Whitfield | Arrangement by Jay DeMarcus, Tim Akers
3. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder | Written by James Milton Black | Arrangement by Reba McEntire, Catherine Marx, Doug Sisemore
4. Oh Happy Day* | Written by Edward Francis Rimbault | Arrangement by Jay DeMarcus, Tim Akers
5. Amazing Grace | Written by John Newton | Arrangement by Reba McEntire, Doug Sisemore
6. I’ll Fly Away | Written by Albert E. Brumley | Arrangement by Reba McEntire, Doug Sisemore
7. In The Garden / Wonderful Peace (Medley) (featuring The Isaacs)* | “In The Garden” written by Austin C. Miles | “Wonderful Peace” written by Warren D. Cornell | Medley Arrangement by Jay DeMarcus, Tim Akers
8. Swing Low Sweet Chariot / Swing Down Chariot (Medley) | Written by Wallace Willis | Arrangement by Reba McEntire, Doug Sisemore
9. How Great Thou Art | Written by Stuart K. Hine | Arrangement by Doug Sisemore
10. Softly And Tenderly (feat. Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood) | Written by Will Lamartine Thompson | Arrangement by Doug Sisemore
1. Sing It Now* | Written by Michael Farren, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood
2. Angels Singin’ | Written by Jessi Alexander, Sarah Buxton, Steve Moakler
3. God And My Girlfriends | Written by Patricia Conroy, Lisa Hentrich, Marcia Ramirez
4. Hallelujah, Amen | Written by Dave Barnes, Lucie Silvas, Jeremy Spillman
5. There Is A God* | Written by Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley
6. I Got The Lord On My Side | Written by Reba McEntire, Jackie McEntire
7. Back To God | Written by Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser
8. Angel On My Shoulder* | Written by Leigh Reynolds, Amber White, Philip White
9. From The Inside Out | Written by Amy Fletcher
10. Say A Prayer* | Written by Michael Dulaney, Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher
11. HIDDEN TRACK (physical only): Jesus Loves Me (Reprise) | Written by William Batchelder Bradbury | Arrangement by Reba McEntire
It’s been a week of big announcements for McEntire, who apparently plans to continue to balance music and acting. As previously reported, McEntire is to headline a new TV series from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry that has been put into development at ABC.
For tour dates and more, go to Reba.com.