Not even a global pandemic will keep Reba McEntire from putting on a show, at least online. The 65-year-old just announced All the Women I Am, a YouTube concert special. The concert, filmed in 2011 at the Cajundome in Layfayette, Louisiana, will premiere on Friday, March 12, on McEntire’s YouTube channel, followed by a chat with her fans.
“2011 was the last time we got to go out and play a big arena tour, and I’m so glad we captured this show on film,” McEntire said in a statement. “I know it’s not the same as being there in person, but I hope this gives my fans something to enjoy until we can get back out there on the road safely.”
McEntire’s last album, Stronger Than the Truth, was released in 2019, but chances are she will soon have more music to share with her fans. The Oklahoma native is still moving full-speed ahead with her career, without any plans of slowing down.
“After every award show, if we didn’t get nominated or if we didn’t win we were dead set [asking], ‘What did we do wrong? What do we need to do better?’ It makes everybody give more,” McEntire told Sounds Like Nashville. “And that’s what we’re here for is to give more to our fans because they are putting up their hard-earned money and being very selective of what concerts they can go to. They can’t go to every one of them. They have to be very selective, so I want them to sit out there in that audience and when they leave that concert they go, ‘Whew! I put my money in a good place!’”
McEntire has worked hard for more than 40 years, which is why she hasn’t minded being off the road, which she found to be a surprising respite from the busyness of her normal life.
“I haven’t had this much time off since I was in high school, so it’s been a reward and a joy to me,” reflected the singer. “My heart goes out to all the folks who have been sick and who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them and to anybody who is suffering and hurting with this illness. It’s not a nice illness at all. It’s hateful, but I do need to say honestly, I have enjoyed the rest. I’ve enjoyed the time off to be creative, but mainly to be still, just to be still. I’ve loved that tremendously.”
All the Women I Am includes a special encore of “Fancy.” The show will premiere at 7:30 here.