Reba Mcentire

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The Christmas Guest
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A Christmas Letter
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Christmas Letter
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The Christmas Song
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The Angels Sang
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This Christmas
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Up On The Housetop
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O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Til The Season Comes Around Again
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Amazing Grace
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Blue Christmas
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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Blake Shelton, Reba Mcentire - Oklahoma Christmas
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Chestnuts Roasting To (the sound of) Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire is one of those people who appears to excel at everything she turns her hand to. Not content with just musical performance the country singer has also carved out a career as an actress including a co-starring role in the acclaimed 1991 comedy horror movie 'Tremors'. But it is her singing talent that has established her as one of country music most recognisable and loved performers with record sales in excess of 80 million records. Such is her popularity that she has achieved the same number of US number ones as that other country great Dolly Parton.

'Merry Christmas To You' arrived 11 years into Reba's career with the 1987 album selling over 2 million copies in the US alone. Taking its cues from the sepia tinged artwork this was a work of soft dynamics, almost always acoustic and reflective that'll keep festive armchair occupiers satisfied as they slowly draw on their warm mulled wine. McEntire's classical alto is a great fit for the Christmas standards like 'I'll Be Home For Christmas', 'Away In A Manger' and 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)' affording them a sense of grace and respectfulness.

'Merry Christmas To You' took its time in producing singles with official releases coming several years after the album first came out. But then keeping this 10-track release in the public eye was no bad decision as McEntire laid down a marker on how to make a Christmas record. It would take a full decade before Reba's 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)' was released in 1997 with 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Away In A Manger' arriving two years later. While her first batch of Christmas were mostly familiar there were inclusions like Reba's rendition of Grandpa Jones uplifting tale called 'The Christmas Guest' to add the requisite variety.

Following the success of Reba's debut Christmas album it was inevitable that a follow-up would arrive at some point. And in 1999 it duly did in the form of 'The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection' which was largely composed of fresh festive material. On one of these originals 'The Angels Sang' Reba enlisted the support of her son Shelby's school choir. While 'Merry Christmas To You' revealed Reba as a country traditional 'The Secret of Giving' saw her developing greater pop overtures. This is evidenced by the lively opener 'This Is My Prayer for You' and the spirtual 'One Child, One Day' which are both suitable for non Christmastime consumption. Reba went into overdrive on two songs that have become synonomous with the Jackson 5 with 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' and 'Up On The Housetop' both becoming excellent Christmas party tinder. 'The Secret of Giving' has a little Christmas cheer for everyone, something that can't be said for a lot of Christmas albums. In 1999 a TV movie starring Reba called 'The Secret of Giving' featured many of the songs from the album of the same name which gave these already warm rendition colourful visuals.

In the wake of 'The Secret of Giving' Reba would be an ever present on the Christmas circuit, contributing plenty of tracks as the new century wore on. 2003's charity album 'A Very Special Acoustic Christmas' opened with Reba's hushed and reverential take on 'Silent Night'. Her 'O Holy Night' from 'Merry Christmas To You' would also appear that Christmas on an acclaimed compilation called 'All-Star Country Christmas'. With the arrival of Christmas 2009 Reba could be heard duetting with tenor Andrea Bocelli on one of biggest Christmas albums that year called 'My Christmas'. 'Blue Christmas' has been done so many times it is easy to lose sight of newer versions but the combination of Bocelli and McEntire proved irresistable.

Reba would make a habit of appearing on Christmas shows over the years such as Blake Shelton's 'Not So Family Christmas' TV programme from 2012. The following year in 2013 she would join Kelly Clarkson on her Christmas TV Special 'Kelly Clarkson's (Cautionary) Christmas Tale' which was a tie-in following Reba's contribution to 'Silent Night' on Clarkson's own Christmas album 'Wrapped In Red'. In what was a coming together of contemporary country greats Trisha Yearwood completed a trio of country voices who gave the sacred carol a brand new lease of life.

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