How Reba McEntire Avoids the Same Old, Same Old

Forty Years of New and Different

It’s been almost exactly 40 years since she released her debut album Reba McEntire. You’d think that would make her very set in her ways.

And yet, she is changing all the time.

In a recent radio interview, she admitted that she likes to kind of reinvent herself.

“I like to try new things,” she said. “I don’t care who I’m learning from. If it’s a great idea, I pattern after it. I don’t like to do the same thing over and over. I get very bored with that. I have the attention span of a 2-year-old sometimes, so I like to do new things.”

One new thing the country legend did recently was cut a song that had been one of her favorites since 2008, Randy Houser’s “Back to God.”

“Randy Houser recorded this song on his first album. I loved it so much then that I had to record it. It’s a powerful, timeless message. There is so much pain and hurt in this world today. One thing I’ve learned is that God turns the bad into good,” she wrote in the liner notes for her Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope double-CD set. “So let’s take all that pain, hurt, sadness and anger and give it all back to God.”

Reba’s “Back to God” video is nominated for female video of the year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 7 on CMT.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.