Reba McEntire Headlines First-Ever Show at the Ryman Auditorium

Special Guests Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, The Isaacs, Linda Davis & Reba’s Mom and Sisters Share the Stage

Commanding the stage and singing with conviction for two hours at each of her two shows yesterday (2/16), Reba McEntire performed her first-ever headline date at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

From the lead note of an acapella “Jesus Loves Me” to an empowering “Is There Life Out There,” the packed crowds were taken on a musical journey through her esteemed catalogue and their own beloved memories.

Reba offered up her own stories about life growing up in Oklahoma, the rodeo circuit and big vacations in Nashville, making it clear that family is a cornerstone of her success that has since scored 35 No.1 hits and over 56 million albums sold worldwide.

The afternoon sunlight and night-time lights shimmering through the venue’s stained glass windows provided a symbolic ambiance for Reba as she shared why now was the time to release her first inspirational album.

“Thank you so much for the kind reception to this album. It’s touched my heart more than you know,” Reba said with a joyous quiver in her voice.

Thunderous applause from the crowds echoed throughout the pews with a notable standing ovation just midway through “Back To God” at the matinee, prompting a heartfelt response from Reba, “living proof we’ve got to give it back to God. Amen!”

While there were moments of reflection and a little help from “God And My Girlfriends,” the feisty red-head served up plenty of fun as audiences belted along to “Going Out Like That,” “Can’t Even Get The Blues,” “Walk On” and “Turn On The Radio.” Reba even offered up a bit of trivia surrounding “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.”

Pictured (L-R): Three of the most dynamic female vocalists today – Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson – belt out “Softly And Tenderly”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Reba’s Business, Inc.

During the sold-out evening concert, Reba brought out friends Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson on “Softly And Tenderly.” The Isaacs joined for “In The Garden / Wonderful Peace” while her mom and sisters brought family harmony to “I’ll Fly Away.” Linda Davis helped reprise their Grammy®-winning “Does He Love You” to help cap off the night before Reba closed the shows with her signature hit “Fancy.”

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.