Reba McEntire has released a new video for her 1997 recording of ‘What If,’ written by the prolific Diane Warren. The song was first recorded by Brenda K. Starr in 1991, but Reba’s version was only ever issued as a promotional single.
McEntire was compelled to reissue the song with the refreshed video to send a message of hope and positivity during these troubled times. The track itself is also available on digital platforms for the first time from today (8).
“This song is as relevant today as it was 23 years ago,” says Reba. “That’s the power of a great song and Diane Warren is no stranger to writing great songs. Even though we may not be able to physically reach out with just one hand right now, we can still be there for each other and take care of our neighbours, essential workers and medical professionals.
“Maybe we still can change things”
“Re-releasing this song and updated video with its message of care, hope and love felt like the right thing to do,” she goes on. “Maybe we still can change things.”
McEntire performed ‘What If’ as the half-time entertainment during the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game of 1997. Although the song was never an official single for her, it reached No. 23 on Hot Country Songs and No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Country Music Hall of Fame member and three-time Grammy winner McEntire has sold over 56 million albums worldwide. She continues to maintain hugely successful twin careers in music and acting, and most recently joined the voice cast of Fox Animation’s Spies in Disguise. The film was released in theatres for last Christmas 2019.
She has numerous brand partnerships including Dillard’s and REBA by Justin. The country superstar was also chosen as the first female and musician to portray KFC’s iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders, in their celebrity colonel campaign.