With the release of her first new music in nearly five years, Reba McEntire confirms she is back in a big way. The Oklahoma native’s latest sass-filled track, “Going Out Like That,” which was released on Monday, January 5th, is already Number One on iTunes’ country chart. The upbeat tune about a woman who nurses a broken heart by putting on her red dress and high heels for a night on the town, debuted this week on the nationally syndicated America’s Morning Show with host Blair Garner. (Listen to “Going Out Like That” below.)
“When you listen to thousands of songs trying to find just the right one to record, a really great song jumps out at you,” McEntire says of the tune penned, somewhat surprisingly, by three men: veteran songwriters Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins and Jason Sellers. “That’s exactly what ‘Going Out Like That’ did to me. It jumped out because it’s a great song with up-tempo sassiness! The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo. When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman’s power anthem.”
Produced by Tony Brown, with whom McEntire has scored numerous hits, the track is the first release from the superstar entertainer’s debut album for Nash Icon Records, slated for an April release. The album will also feature the singer collaborating for the first time with veteran producer James Stroud.
A joint venture label between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus, Nash Icon Records, for which McEntire is the flagship artist, will produce new music and live events from some of Music City’s most prolific artists of the past four decades. McEntire has, in fact, been making records since 1976, when she had her first charted single on Mercury Records. To date, the singer has scored 25 Number One singles on the Billboard charts.
In June, McEntire and her longtime friends, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, will take up a musical residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.