Best Of Both Worlds
Reba McEntire is surrounded by stars on "Reba Duets," due this week via MCA. The song selection process was a mix of suggestions by McEntire, input from her duet partners and, in some cases, songs thaReba McEntire is surrounded by stars on "Reba Duets," due this week via MCA. The song selection process was a mix of suggestions by McEntire, input from her duet partners and, in some cases, songs that were specifically written for the project. Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn, for example, agreed to record with her only if the two could co-write the song together. The resulting "Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma" fits the fellow Okies to a "T."
Fellow Oklahoman Vince Gill, who has twice before sung duets with McEntire, guests and contributed a song, "These Broken Hearts." Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox wrote and recorded "Faith in Love" for the record. Meanwhile, Carole King joins McEntire on "Everyday People," a song about looking out for your fellow man that McEntire says reminds her of her association with Habitat for Humanity.
Of Justin Timberlake, who co-wrote a song for the project and actually co-produced the track with McEntire, she says, "He's a Memphis boy, and he loves country music. He's very down to earth and so talented and versatile."
McEntire says singing with another person comes naturally. "When I was growing up I was part of the Singing McEntires, with my older brother Pake and my little sister Suzie. I'm very comfortable singing with people. I'd rather sing harmony than lead. It's just a lot of fun to be collaborative and see what you can do together."