Just days after country music star Reba McEntire released her first-ever gospel album, she appeared on the “Today” show on Monday as both a guest host and a performer, sharing some of her faith-themed songs with her fans.
McEntire’s new Christian album titled, “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” comes after her 2015 split with Narvel Blackstock, her husband of 26 years, with the singer recently revealing her decision for the first time in her career to pour her art into gospel music.
McEntire performed the song “Back to God,” among other tunes, on the “Today” show to rousing applause.
Watch McEntire’s performance of that song:
When “Today” host asked McEntire if she believes “it’s the right time” for music like this, she wasted no time in responding that, indeed, it is — but added a caveat.
“It’s always the right time for faith and inspirational songs and hope,” she said. “We all need faith and hope.”
In addition to performing “Back to God,” McEntire also belted out the popular Christian hymn “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Watch that performance below:
As Faithwire previously reported, McEntire has been open about her decision to create a gospel album, saying the project was sparked by her recent life circumstances.
“I needed it myself, going through two and half years of changes in my life,” McEntire said, according to Fox News. “And who better to lean on than God? And that’s who I needed to be listening to. And I needed that faith, that faith strengthened, that hope.”
McEntire also told USA Today that she believes God has called her to this project, saying it’s “about changing lives.”
“It’s a message from God. That’s why I’m here, not to be rich and famous and popular but to help people. I’m the conduit or, as I call it, the water hose,” the singer said. “That’s what God wanted me to be when He gave me this voice: I’m supposed to stand up and give His message.”
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