More than four decades into her Country Music Hall of Fame career, Reba McEntire has released her first-ever gospel album. Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope is a two-disc collection of 20 songs – 10 classic hymns and 10 contemporary spirituals.
The singer says that she always wanted to record such a faith-based project, but simply never had the opportunity. Co-produced by Doug Sisemore and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, Sing It Now features favorites like “I’ll Fly Away,” performed with McEntire’s mother and two sisters, and “Softly and Tenderly” with Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson.
One of the most moving tracks on the album is “Back to God,” a song written by Randy Houser and Dallas Davidson that originally appeared on Houser’s 2008 debut.
McEntire admits that her faith is an ever-changing entity.
“You ebb and flow [in] your relationship with God. Sometimes in your life, in your years, you’re real close, and then you kind of get away from him. He’s there but not that daily communication, and here you come back,” she says.
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope is available now.