Reba McEntire performs songs from her new album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” this morning on the “Today” show. Photo provided
Country Music Hall of Famer and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire proved the early bird gets the worm Monday morning as she took over the “Today” show, performing her new single “Back To God” and chatting with hosts Matt Lauer, Maria Shriver, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.
As previously reported, the superstar entertainer has several TV appearances lined up to promote her latest album, “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” (Nash Icon Records/Capitol Christian Music Group), she and treated the “Today” show audience to two additional tracks: “Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Swing Down Chariot” and “God And My Girlfriends.”
She will appear Tuesday on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” airing at 11:35 p.m. on NBC, and serve as guest host Wednesday on “The View,” airing at 10 a.m. on ABC.
A true labor of love, Reba’s double album soared to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Albums chart as well as Amazon All Genre and Country Albums charts. The album currently sits at No. 5 on the iTunes All Genre chart and has notched a slot in multiple markets globally including No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart in Canada, according to a news release.
She told me in a recent phone interview that making her first gospel album wasn’t her idea — she began pursuing it after her former manager Bill Carter and longtime producer Tony Brown separately suggested it – but that the project helped her through recent heartbreaks.In October 2014, her father, Oklahoma rodeo legend Clark McEntire, died at age 86 after struggling with health problems for years. In December 2015, she and her husband/manager Narvel Blackstock announced they were divorcing after 26 years of marriage.
“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 said. “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.”
To read more of my interview with Reba, click here.