Reba McEntire is set to release her brand-new debut gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope on Feb. 3. Preceding the album is the release of the set's first single. McEntire has teamed up with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood to record a new version of the classic gospel song "Softly and Tenderly."
"Softly and Tenderly" was written by Will Lamartine Thompson in 1880 and has since become a well-known Christian hymn. McEntire, Clarkson and Yearwood's version of the song was arranged by Doug Sisemore. McEntire and Yearwood take lead vocals on the track, with Clarkson adding ethereal harmonies throughout.
"Sing It Now was the perfect title for this album because the message and melody throughout the song connects the dots between the traditional hymns I grew up on and new music that has been uplifting for me in challenging times," McEntire explains in a press release.
Other songs on Sing It Now are "Jesus Loves Me," the first song that McEntire ever sang in public; "Oh Happy Day" and "From the Inside Out." McEntire, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and band leader / musical director Doug Sisemore co-produced the record together in DeMarcus' home studio.
"Music conjures up great memories and goes hand and hand with us McEntires," McEntire shares. "Mama, Susie and Alice even came into the studio with me to record "I'll Fly Away," all of us gathered around an old hymnal straight from the Chockie church."
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope is available for pre-order via iTunes. More information about McEntire's first-ever headlining show at the Ryman, set for Feb. 15, is available on the venue's official website.
Reba McEntire, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope Track Listing:
1. "Jesus Loves Me" (written by William Batchelder Bradbury; arrangement by Reba McEntire)
2. "Oh, How I Love Jesus" (written by Frederick Whitfield; arrangement by Jay DeMarcus, Tim Akers)
3. "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" (written by James Milton Black; arrangement by Reba McEntire, Catherine Marx, Doug Sisemore)
4. "Oh Happy Day" (written by Edward Francis Rimbault; arrangement by Jay DeMarcus, Tim Akers)
5. "Amazing Grace" (written by John Newton; arrangement by Reba McEntire, Doug Sisemore)
6. "I'll Fly Away" (written by Albert E. Brumley; arrangement by Reba McEntire, Doug Sisemore)
7. "In the Garden / Wonderful Peace (Medley)" (featuring the Isaacs) ("In the Garden" written by Austin C. Miles, "Wonderful Peace" written by Warren D. Cornell; medley arrangement by Jay DeMarcus, Tim Akers)
8. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Swing Down Chariot (Medley)" (written by Wallace Willis; arrangement by Reba McEntire, Doug Sisemore"
9. "How Great Thou Art" (written by Stuart K. Hine; arrangement by Doug Sisemore)
10. "Softly and Tenderly (feat. Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood)" (written by Will Lamartine Thompson; arrangement by Doug Sisemore)
1. "Sing It Now" (written by Michael Farren, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood)
2. "Angels Singin'" (written by Jessi Alexander, Sarah Buxton, Steve Moakler)
3. "God and My Girlfriends" (written by Patricia Conroy, Lisa Hentrich, Marcia Ramirez)
4. "Hallelujah, Amen" (written by Dave Barnes, Lucie Silvas, Jeremy Spillman)
5. "There Is a God" (written by Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley)
6. "I Got the Lord on My Side" (written by Reba McEntire, Jackie McEntire)
7. "Back to God" (written by Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser)
8. "Angel on My Shoulder" (written by Leigh Reynolds, Amber White, Philip White)
9. "From the Inside Out" (written by Amy Fletcher)
10. "Say a Prayer" (written by Michael Dulaney, Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher)
11. HIDDEN TRACK (physical copies only): "Jesus Loves Me (Reprise)" (written by William Batchelder Bradbury; arrangement by Reba McEntire)