Rockin’ R Records – Big Machine Label Group
Reba McEntire with over 30 studio albums is as multidimensional as she is prolific. Having sold over 56 million albums worldwide, she is singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Approaching Sing it Now: Songs of Faith and Hope a two-disc set project which contains ten gospel classics on disc one and ten new original songs on disc two was daunting at best and settling in and listening critically I was immediately set at ease with both the authenticity and flow of the classics. “Jesus Loves Me” and “How I love Jesus” elicited my own childhood memories of touring with my family and “Softly and Tenderly” featuring Kelly Clarkson and “How Great Thou Art” were both refreshing and tender with the right touch of passion and reverence that you know unequivocally you are traveling on a journey with an artist that is conveying a message with her heart and soul. The classics feel like more than someone going to the vault but Reba thoughtfully embracing songs that may have shaped her musical journey and destiny. The musicianship and production are first class and lead into the original songs on disc two. It is also important to note the medley “In the Garden/Wonderful Peace” with the Isaacs is a gorgeous saunter down gospel’s memory lane.
Initially, wanting to digest the two discs separately “Sing it Now” the opening tune on disc two and title track is a worship menagerie that is as revealing as it is majestic and features Reba the storyteller that raised her to secular prominence and is worth the price of admission. “God and My Girlfriends” is another tune that makes you joyfully shake your head and step into the bliss of friendship and realize that worship is a day-to-day journey rooted in life experiences that may shape us profoundly. “Back to God” written by Dallas Davidson and Randy Houser is clearly the standout on this project and will appeal to her massive audience. However, “Hallelujah Amen” is a hook feast that lingers in your head long after the song is over. The rock guitar driven anthem “Angel on My Shoulder” will appeal to her country and western fan base and “From the Inside Out” is as poetic as it is poignant and the arrangement is riveting and allows the story to unfold leaving no emotional stone untouched and reeks of the humanity that we all must travail.
Sing it Now is made up of a combination of Reba’s favorite “classic” gospel songs that she has collected over the decades and originals that collectively tell the story of an artist that has something to say to us about worship and our walk with our Lord and Savior. Please give it a listen and find both “Wonder and Peace”. My hope and prayer are that “Sing it Now” is Grammy Bound and becomes Reba’s new signature song.
Sounds Like: Reba McEntire
Top Songs “There is a God” and “Angel on My Shoulder”
Most Singable: “Angels Singing” and “God and My Girlfriends”
Strongest Biblical Content: “Jesus Loves Me” and “Oh How I Love Jesus”
The Whole Package: “Hallelujah Amen” and ”Back to God”