Reba McEntire Gushes Over Garth Brooks, Says Garth Is A “Force Of Nature” & Her Dream Duet Partner

“It means a lot to be friends with Garth because Garth is a force of nature,” Reba McEntire said.

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Posted on June 2, 2023

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Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Reba McEntire is one of the biggest female singers in country music. But, even she dreams of working alongside other music artists in her genre.

The Oklahoma-born superstar, 68, has had her fair share of collaborations with artists like Rascal Flatts (“Faith In Love”), Linda Davis (“Does He Love You”), Dolly Parton (“Does He Love You”) and Kelly Clarkson on “Because of You.”

In 2007, she even released a collaborative album aptly titled Reba: Duets, which finds her teaming up with a slew of other acts in the business.

Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of UMG Nashville
Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of UMG Nashville

Dream Duet Partner

But, there’s one person that McEntire has yet to duet with that she says is at the top of her list. And, that’s Garth Brooks.

McEntire recently opened up about her wishes to work alongside Brooks in the recording studio during a special “One-On-One with Reba McEntire” interview with ET Canada’s Morgan Hoffman. She said that while she would like to see a duet come to fruition with the “Friends in Low Places” hitmaker, she feels he is likely getting offers and requests from other artists to collaborate all of the time.

“Garth and I have never had a duet, a song together or nothing,” McEntire confirmed while revealing that she would love to sing alongside him. “I don’t think I’ve asked him because I’m sure he gets asked, from everybody, to do everything. And I just kind of like, didn’t want to bother him. But, you know, I’m not getting any younger and you never know. You got to seize the opportunity when you can.”

“Garth Is A Force Of Nature”

Even though McEntire and Brooks have yet to pair up in musical harmony, the two of them have collaborated in other ways. In fact, Brooks once opened up for McEntire on tour. He also recently wrote the foreword to the “Fancy” icon’s upcoming book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots, due out October 10.

“It means a lot to be friends with Garth because Garth is a force of nature. He opened the show for me in that 1990 and 1991 and was there with me on stage, and the concerts after we lost my band and my tour manager in ‘91 in a plane crash,” McEntire reflects. “Garth was a huge support, and we just felt the love and support from him at all times.”

Garth Brooks; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Garth Brooks; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

“He’s A Wonderful Person”

She continues, “He’s a wonderful person, a great entertainer, changed country music in a way that you can have fun on stage, show that you have fun on stage, and with him climbing up the ladders or the trusses or throwing water bottles or throwing on water people and just running across the stage like a wild man. He has a very special quality about him that everybody falls in love with [and] he is a wonderful entertainer [and] he bonds with the audience like I’ve never seen before.”

Aside from dropping her forthcoming book, McEntire has plenty on her plate. In the fall, she will appear as the new coach on Season 24’s The Voice, taking over the role of Blake Shelton, who has turned around in the red chair for 12 years.

McEntire will coach alongside fellow castmates Niall Horan, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend when the show returns on NBC.

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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