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Reba Talks Tracks For ‘All The Women I Am’

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In anticipation of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Reba McEntire[/lastfm]‘s 34th studio album, All The Women I Am, in stores on Tuesday, November 9th, Reba tells gives us the scoop on each song on the upcoming album!

Just hearing what Reba has to say about each track will make you even more anxious to get your copy today!

1. “Turn On The Radio” (Cherie Oakley, Mark Oakley, J.P Twang)

“The first time I heard ‘Turn on the Radio’ I absolutely loved it. I thought it was an up-tempo, sassy song – great attitude, great message – and it would be a song that I would absolutely love to sing on stage, which has been the case.”

2. “If I Were A Boy” (Brittany Jean Carlson, Toby Gad)

“When we were doing the CMT Unplugged TV show, we had to do four or five of my songs and then one song that’s already been recorded and we decided to do ‘If I Were a Boy.’ When we did it, everybody said, ‘Oh my gosh! You should record it!’ So we recorded it on the same weekend that we recorded ‘Turn on the Radio’ and it just turned out great. That song, to me, is a good ‘ole Country song and it’s so funny that it also was a Pop hit for Beyonce. [It’s all about] great songs.”

3. “The Bridge You Burn” (Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher)

“ ‘The Bridge You Burn’ was a song that I felt I really needed for the album. Not only did I fall in love with it – it’s a great song – but [it’s] up-tempo and it had a different attitude to it and a different message. Instead of it being a love song or a song after you break up with someone, it’s like, ‘Remember these guys that you’ve had associations with; that’s going to keep you strong going forward. Maybe he was a jerk or he treated you wrong – just remember that and don’t forget it. Don’t beat yourself up about it, just go forward. Just remember, he’s the bridge you burned – you’re going forward.’ It’s a great ‘lesson’ song.”

When a relationship ends, the hurt is inevitable, as it is in “Cry.” On this track, Reba’s soulful voice conveys the strength that is often difficult to find but necessary to gather when facing a break-up. Reba lists all the ways in which to fight the tears because no one wants the person who hurt them to see that they are crumbling inside, yet if one tear manages to escape, the inevitable flood will follow and saving face will no longer be an option.

“We had a private show over in Hawaii and I was listening to demos for the album. The first time I heard ‘Cry’ I [gasped] ‘Oh my gosh!’ I took my earphones out and I handed them over to Narvel and said, ‘You’ve got to listen to this song!’” He went, ‘[gasp] AH!’ Every time I hear the song ‘Cry’ or we sing it, I go back to Hawaii, so it’s not a bad mental vision! It’s a gorgeous song. Heartfelt. Sad song.”

4. “Cry” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally)

When a relationship ends, the hurt is inevitable, as it is in “Cry.” On this track, Reba’s soulful voice conveys the strength that is often difficult to find but necessary to gather when facing a break-up. Reba lists all the ways in which to fight the tears because no one wants the person who hurt them to see that they are crumbling inside, yet if one tear manages to escape, the inevitable flood will follow and saving face will no longer be an option.

“We had a private show over in Hawaii and I was listening to demos for the album. The first time I heard ‘Cry’ I [gasped] ‘Oh my gosh!’ I took my earphones out and I handed them over to Narvel and said, ‘You’ve got to listen to this song!’” He went, ‘[gasp] AH!’ Every time I hear the song ‘Cry’ or we sing it, I go back to Hawaii, so it’s not a bad mental vision! It’s a gorgeous song. Heartfelt. Sad song.”

5. “When Love Gets A Hold Of You” (Jessi Alexander, Gary Nicholson, Jon Randall)

The opening bars of “When Love Gets a Hold Of You” immediately conjure up images of the Wild West – a characteristic that is quite fitting for a song that is about finding new love, given that the search to find a mate can often feel like you’re navigating through just that. The song’s melody follows suit as it progresses into a bubbly beat reminiscent of the effervescence that tends to envelop those who experience new love.

“ ‘When Love Gets a Hold Of You’ cost me one night’s sleep because I woke up in the middle of the night and ‘When Love Gets a Hold of You’ was playing in my mind and I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh! Is that a song on the radio, or is that a song I’ve been hearing out of all the demos, and have I put it on hold?’ The next morning I called Velvet Reid here at Starstruck and Allison Jones over at Valory and I said, ‘Did we put this song on hold? If we haven’t, put it on hold! If we have, double hold it!’ I just knew that was a very strong song that I wanted to sing. I hope all the fans like it as much as I did. It was worth that one night of sleep that I missed! Great song.”

6. “Somebody’s Chelsea” (Liz Hengber, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson)

“ ‘Somebody’s Chelsea’ is a song that I co-wrote with Liz Hengber and Will Robinson. I got the idea [for the song] from the movie ‘P.S. – I Love You’ [with] Harry Connick Jr. and Hilary Swank. About ¾ of the way through the movie – maybe almost at the end – they’re sitting there in the booth in the bar café and she’s telling him how special her husband who had passed away was and I don’t know if his name is Frank or whatever, but Harry Connick Jr. says, ‘Why don’t you love me? Why can’t I take his place?’ She [tells him], ‘Because he was this, he was that.’ Harry Connick Jr. gets up to leave and she [asks], ‘Where are you going?’ He [tells her], ‘I’m going to go find somebody because one of these days, I want to be somebody’s Frank.’ I [gasped] and I got on the computer and emailed Liz saying, ‘This is a great idea for a song!’ So she got Will to help us with it and we wrote ‘Somebody’s Chelsea.’ ”

7. “All The Women I Am” (Kent Blazy, Marv Green, Shane McAnally)

“We decided to name the CD All The Women I Am because there are many different women that I’m singing about on this album and also there are many different women in here (points to self) that wear many different hats. Sometimes it’s throughout my life and sometimes it’s all in one day that I have to wear these hats. All The Women I Am is a good title. It describes this album because it’s an eclectic group of songs about different situations.”

8. “The Day She Got Divorced” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Mark D. Sanders)

In this song, Reba sings the strolling tale of a woman whose marriage ended so long ago, that the day her divorce became final is not the heartbreaking milestone that you might expect it to be but, instead, it is simply just like “every other day before.” Further depicting the nonchalant nature of “The Day She Got Divorced” is Reba’s traipsing delivery of the lyric, which serves to illustrate how numb and detached the character in the song has become.

“ ‘The Day She Got Divorced’ reminds me of a Bobbie Gentry type of song, like an ‘Ode to Billy Joe,’ ‘Fancy,’ and ‘Harper Valley PTA’ feel – that vibe. The first time I heard the demo it was just playing a video in my mind. It’s a hoot to get to sing and I can’t wait to get to do it on stage. I think the crowd is going to love it.”

9. “A Little Want To” (William Brice Long, Terry McBride)

“Well Terry McBride – who co-wrote ‘Keep On Lovin’ You’ with Ronnie Dunn – co-wrote this song with William Brice Long. It’s pretty much autobiographical for me because you do — you’ve got to have a little want-to to succeed in life and to do what you want to in life. It doesn’t just appear one day that you’re successful or you’ve gotten this job or you fall in love with the right person. It takes some effort on your part. I think it’s a very strong, powerful song with a great message: You’ve got to have a little want-to. [It’s] inspirational.”

10. “When You Love A Child” (Tom Douglas)

“Tom Douglas wrote a song that is the anthem for every person who’s had a child; who has nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters. This is a song for just about anybody because it’s about children growing up [at] different stages of their lives and if you’re that kid you remember, ‘Wow, I remember going through that phase.’  Narvel did the sequencing of the album and he put that one last. It was a tough song for me to sing – very emotional; every word touched my heart – and I said, ‘Why did you put that song last?’ He said, ‘What song could follow that one?’ So kudos to Tom Douglas; what a great song.”

Find out who’s on Reba’s Playlist!

TV Appearance Schedule:

  • 11/9/10 – Good Morning America, ABC | 7:00 AM All Time Zones
  • 11/9/10 – On The Streets, GAC | 9:00 PM ET
  • 11/10/10 – The 44th Annual CMA Awards, ABC | 8:00 PM ET
  • 11/12/10 – The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS | 11:35 PM ET
  • 11/29/10 – CMA Country Christmas, ABC | 9:30 PM ET
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