Reba finds just the right songs for latest studio LP

“We’ve been working on it a long time and we can’t wait to hear what you think about it,” states country superstar Reba, 60, in a news release about her 27th studio album, Love Somebody. “As you all know, I love looking for songs to record. I’ve said that many times,” she continues. “Getting to work again with [senior VP of A&R] Allison Jones over at Nash Icon Records [part of the Big Machine Label Group] was a blast! We listened to thousands of songs to find just the right ones for this album,” says the two-time Grammy winner and one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.

Most of the album’s 12 tracks were co-produced by Reba along Tony Brown (Vince Gill, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood), and James Stroud (Carlene Carter, Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker). She co-produced the cut ‘Pray For Peace’ with Doug Sisemore (Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans), and the song ‘Enough’ features Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. The first single off Love Somebody is 'Going Out Like That.' The song debuts at No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and is currently No. 38 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart.

Rolling Stone Country reports the country music icon’s “feisty, uptempo” single “flips the middle finger” to a guy who thought his ex would “be sitting home crying” instead of heading out for a “flirtatious, carefree night on the town.” Reba explains that after listening to all the songs she considered for the album, ‘Going Out Like That’ really got her attention. “It jumped out because it's a great song with sassiness,” she tells RS Country. “The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo. When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman's power anthem,” she says.

Love Somebody is the singer's first LP for the newly formed Nash Icon label, which is also home to Martina McBride and Ronnie Dunn. The new album is the follow up to 2011’s All The Women I Am, which yielded Reba’s 64th Top 10 hit and 35th No. 1 with ‘Turn On The Radio.’ Reba is making numerous TV and radio appearances in support of Love Somebody. She also celebrates the release of the new album with a televised concert event on April 17 to raise awareness and funding for the “49 million individuals struggling with hunger in America.”

The benefit concert called “Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger” includes performances by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie & Tae. Reba’s upcoming solo concert dates include the Country Life Music Festival in Punta Gorda, Fla. (Apr. 26); a Grand Ole Opry performance (May 2); Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, AB, Canada (Jul. 31); Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa (Aug. 5); Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio (Aug. 10); and Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pa. (Aug. 11). Reba is also preparing for her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with country duo Brooks & Dunn. The 15-date show billed as “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas,” opens June 17 and continues on select dates in June, July, and December.

Watch the official music video for ‘Going Out Like That,’ the first single from Love Somebody, the 27th studio album by country music queen Reba.

As A Matter of Fact…

* Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The third of four children was raised on her family’s 8,000-acre ranch in Chockie, Okla., and she often traveled with her father during the late ‘50s and early ‘60s to watch him compete in rodeos as a champion steer roper.

* Reba competed in barrel racing competitions as a young girl and joined her older brother, Pake, and younger sister, Susie, as members of the Kiowa High School Cowboy Band. The group recorded a single in 1971 titled ‘The Ballad of John McEntire,’ and the trio began performing as The Singing McEntires.

* After high school, Reba attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1976 with a major in elementary education and a minor in music. When famed cowboy poet Red Steagall heard Reba sing the national anthem at the 1974 National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., he invited her to Nashville to record demos for his music publishing company.

* Steagall got Reba a deal with Polygram Mercury Records in November 1975. Her debut single, ‘I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand,’ peaked at No. 88 in 1976, followed in 1977 by ‘(There’s Nothing Like the Love) Between a Woman and a Man,’ which reached No. 86 on the country charts.

* Reba’s first Top 10 hit was 1980’s ‘(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven,’ which reached No. 8 and was followed up with the Top 5 smash ‘Today All Over Again.’ Her career began to blossom as Heart to Heart became her first charting album, peaking at No. 42 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

* Reba moved to MCA Records in 1983 and assured her place in country music history with the release of 1984’s My Kind of Country. The album’s first single, ‘How Blue,’ topped the country charts and ranked Reba among the “new traditionalists” of country alongside artists such as Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, and Randy Travis.

* As one of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold more than 56 million albums worldwide. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and her tally of No. 1 hits spans four decades. Billboard, Country Aircheck, and Mediabase all recognize her as the biggest female hitmaker in country music history.

* The award total behind Reba’s remarkable music career includes 15 American Music Awards; 13 ACM Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 7 CMA Awards (including four consecutive wins as CMA Female Vocalist of the Year from 1984 to 1987); 2 Grammy Awards; and an ACM Career Achievement Honor.

* Reba has the distinction of being one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. She’s also appeared in a half-dozen feature films, starred in the award-winning sitcom “Reba” for six seasons, and appeared on Broadway.

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