Reba McEntire’s new album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” has debuted at No. 1 across both Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts. Album cover art provided
Country Music Hall of Famer and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire continues to deliver for her fans as “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” debuts at No. 1 across both Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts with 54,426 in total consumption, according to a news release.
She also came in at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, which now measures multi-metric consumption. Holding the record for the most Top Country Albums No. 1s among women and only the second artist to have a chart-topping album in each of the last four decades, it marks Reba’s 13th time to summit the chart.
As previously reported, the double-disc album released jointly through Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group features traditional hymns and contemporary tracks, including collaborations with her sisters, mom, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and The Isaacs. The new music also ascended into the upper echelon on iTunes All Genre and Country charts in the US and Canada as well as Amazon’s No. 1 Best Sellers, Hot New Releases, All Genre and Country platforms.
The first gospel album of Reba’s four-decade music career includes a first disc consisting of 10 traditional hymns of “faith,” while the second features 10 contemporary Christian songs of “hope.” Reba, who hails from Chockie, told me in a recent interview that working on the album helped her through the pain of her father’s passing and her divorce from her husband/manager, Narvel Blackstock.
“I think this album really helped me, not only to keep me busy, but keep me busy on something that is good and positive and healing, which music is,” she told me. “These songs of faith and hope, that’s what you gotta have when you’re going through bad times – and good times. You gotta have faith and hope to carry you through each day.”
The lead single, “Back To God,” topped the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart last week, representing the biggest jump since 2013 while the music video peaked on iTunes Top Videos across all genres and dominated the pinnacle spot on the Vevo Country Top 10 chart, eliciting more than 4.4 million views already to date. To watch the video, click here.
“This album has been a huge gift to me. It has helped heal my heart and has let me know I can move forward with faith and hope. I am so thankful to God for His guidance that lead to this moment. I pray that everyone who listens to these songs, receives exactly what the Holy Spirit wants them to receive. These CDs go out to my family, friends and fans remembering these songs from their growing up years and to those who are just beginning to sing along. We could all use more faith and hope. I sure do appreciate yours!” Reba said in today’s news release.
With profiles in Parade magazine, The Washington Post, NPR as well as gracing the cover of The Oklahoman, Simple Grace, Guideposts, The Tennessean, Maverick Magazine UK and an in-depth BUILD Series with Entertainment Weekly’s Madison Vain, the adoration is clearly mutual. The album has received strong reviews.
Following a whirlwind media blitz in New York City last week with multiple appearances on national television, the consumate entertainer will headline Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium Wednesday for the first time in her distinguished 40-year career. With a rare one-day, two-show stint at the venue, Reba will shine a light on selections from the new album and offer several signature hits. Limited tickets are available now for the 2:30 p.m. matinee, which was announced after the 7:30 p.m. show sold out in less than an hour.
Reba’s remarkable talents expand across music, film, theater, television, philanthropy and retail. The household name has been honored with prestigious awards from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Grammy Awards and more. She has charted 35 No. 1 singles, sold more than 56 million albums worldwide and will return Feb. 22 as part of the longest-running country act in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace’s history, “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together In Vegas.” Plus, she is getting ready to make her return to network TV in an upcoming drama series from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry.
To read my interview with Reba about her new album, TV show and more, click here.