Gospel songs helped Reba McEn­tire af­ter divorce

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Coun­try star Reba McEn­tire’s first-ever gospel record helped her get through a rough patch in her per­sonal life. The Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame singer is re­leas­ing “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” on Fri­day, a dou­ble al­bum of in­spi­ra­tional and gospel mu­sic. She said the tim­ing was right for her to fo­cus on her faith af­ter she and hus­band Narvel Black­stock an­nounced in 2015 that they were di­vorc­ing af­ter 26 years of mar­riage. “Be­cause I needed it my­self, go­ing through two and half years of changes in my life,” McEn­tire said. “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.” She said in a re­cent in­ter­view that af­ter go­ing through that process, she feels bet­ter. The Grammy win­ner is also plot­ting a re­turn to tele­vi­sion with a new se­ries that’s in pre-pro­duc­tion. McEn­tire was the star of the pop­u­lar “Reba” sit­com that ran for six sea­sons and earned her a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion, and she has also ap­peared in nu­mer­ous TV se­ries and movies. The show was writ­ten by “Des­per­ate House­wives” creator Marc Cherry and is be­ing de­vel­oped for ABC, McEn­tire said. “I play a sher­iff in a small town and it’s a one-hour drama,” McEn­tire said. “I to­tally re­spect him and love his work,” she said, re­fer­ring to Cherry. “I think he’s a ge­nius.”

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