Reba McEntire isn’t quiet about her faith. Just this year the “Fancy” singer released a faith-based double-disc album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. One of the singles from that record, “Back to God” is a moving spiritual plea with an equally moving video.
“Back to God”
The song, originally recorded by in 2008, by singer Randy Houser. It was on his debut album Anything Goes. However, Houser never released it as a single. When McEntire heard it, that was her first thought.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, she said, “When Randy didn’t release it as a single, I thought, hmm, maybe someday I get to do that.” Of course, she knew that she wanted to individualize the song. And she did. Her version is softer, more muted.
“I had to make it different because his [version] was so good,” says McEntire. “So we got it on there, but it’s a great song! Everybody was saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we need this, we need this song right now.’ Well, we’ve always needed this song.”
Her version appears on her faith-based album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. The two discs contain ten contemporary Christian songs and ten traditional hymns. The message of “Back to God” is one of handing things over to God in the face of hardship and grief.
It’s a message familiar to her heart, as she has spoken publicly about how she has leaned upon her faith in the midst of grief.
One significant example of this is the plane crash that killed her manager and crew in 1991. Several years after, she posted a message on social media about the event. “Can you imagine the wonderful music they’re playing up there?God takes the best. He has great taste. #loveandmissthem.”
You can see the video below.
Finding healing in the church
The video was filmed by director Mason Dixon. Shot near Nashville, it has scenes of McEntire alone in a sanctuary. Mixed in are shots of different people experiencing grief, loss, and struggle as they cry out to God.
What both heals and unites the individuals is returning to church.
“They have a common goal: get closer to god. Talk about god. Fellowship,” says McEntire to Rolling Stone. “So when they get in the church, everybody has that oneness, that feeling of yes, we’re a group. Small group, large group, doesn’t matter.”
What a lovely thought as we enter the Christmas season of unity, generosity, and goodwill!