In case you missed it, country music legend Reba McEntire has an incredible song that is just what Americans need to hear right now — especially in this time of political and cultural tension.
Released earlier this year, McEntire’s “Back to God” is a wake up call for America to return a solid spiritual foundation.
Hot off the success of “Back to God,” Reba McEntire recently teamed up with Christian music star Lauren Daigle at the 2017 Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards to perform a duet of the song. Not only did it stir the emotions of many listeners, but it also left McEntire visibly moved.
Daigle spoke up about the performance, saying, “I grew up listening to country music with my dad on the way to school. It is such a full-circle moment to now be singing ’Back to God’ with Reba on the ACM Awards! This opportunity offers a new platform to share hope and redemption, and I’m excited for us to collaborate in showing the world His unconditional love” (via Nash Country Daily).
The two performed the duet flawlessly on stage at the ACMs in April of this year, but they were not the first to sing it. Originally, “Back to God” was co-written and performed by Randy Houser in 2008, but it was never distributed.
So, why now? “I’ve been asked a lot lately about why now was the right time to release this song,” McEntire told the press. “I think it is always the right time to give it back to Him because we seem to mess things up on our own. We all need to just love each other more unconditionally, without judgment, because we can’t do this on our own.”
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, she stated, “They have a common goal: Get closer to God. Talk about God. Fellowship. So when they get in the church, everybody has that oneness, that feeling of yes, we’re a group.”
The song begs the questions: “Have you lost a love? Do you feel like givin’ up? Has your heart been broken? Are your kids okay? Will they come home safe? Do you lie there hoping?” It takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotions, with the words, “Have you heard the sound of Mama’s cryin’, or do you turn away when you see the face of the innocent dyin’?”
In the end, the song’s lyrics offer only one solution: “We gotta give this world back to God… Fold your hands and beg and plead. Gotta keep on praying… ‘Cause we’re still worth saving.”
But just singing the song wasn’t enough of a statement. McEntire also wanted a powerful visual to go along with the lyrics, so she teamed up with director Mason Dixon to film the video for the song at a church and cemetery located in Nashville.
The emotionally-charged video has already been viewed on YouTube over 7 million times. The song is part of Reba McEntire’s newest album, “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith and Hope,” and has topped both the Billboard Christian and Country charts respectively.