Reba McEntire’s Emotional “Seven Minutes In Heaven” Music Video Is A Tribute To Her Late Mom Jacqueline

Reba’s mother passed away in March 2020 following a battle with cancer.

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Posted on October 9, 2023

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Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of “Seven Minutes In Heaven” Music Video

On Friday, Reba McEntire released her acoustic album, Not That Fancy, which contains acoustic versions of 13 of her hits as well as an emotional new track titled “Seven Minutes In Heaven.”

Serves As A Tribute To Her Late Mother

Written by Olivia Rudeen and Matt Wynn, the heart-tugging ballad finds McEntire singing about what she would do if she had seven minutes to spend in heaven. Rather than ask any departed famous figures some questions, McEntire would spend all of her time with just one person.

“I wouldn’t ask Cash why he wore all-black / Or have Elvis sing me a song / I wouldn’t ask why Kennedy died / ‘Cause I know that I wouldn’t have long,” the song begins. In the chorus, McEntire declares, “If I had seven minutes in Heaven / I know just what I’d do / take a walk down those golden streets / and find a quiet corner booth / I wouldn’t spend all my seconds asking God questions / ’cause He knows I’ll be back soon / If I had seven minutes in Heaven, I’d spend them all with you.”

Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of "Seven Minutes In Heaven" Music Video
Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of “Seven Minutes In Heaven” Music Video

Along with the song, McEntire shared its music video, a tribute to her late mother, Jacqueline McEntire.

The video sees Reba taking a seat at the booth she sang about, joining a woman whose short red curly hair makes it clear that she is meant to be Jacqueline. Toward the end of the video, the two women share a hug as the camera focuses on Reba’s face. After sharing a hug, Reba McEntire tearfully stares into the camera as she mouths the words, “I love you mama.”

Watch Reba McEntire’s Emotional “Seven Minutes In Heaven” Music Video Below

On social media, Reba wrote that the video “was an emotional one to film, but I’m sure glad we did.” She also asked fans, “Who would you like to spend seven minutes in heaven with?”

Passed Away In March of 2020

Reba’s mother passed away in March 2020 following a battle with cancer. The singer shared the news with fans with a photo of Jacqueline as well as a snap of the family matriarch with her four children Reba and her siblings Alice, Pake and Susie — from a family photo shoot.

“Our Mother, Jacqueline McEntire, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven today,” Reba’s caption read. “She had a wonderful, full, healthy life and was absolutely ready to go. The cancer might think it won the battle but we’re giving God all the credit on selecting the time for her to go home to Him. She was ready to see our Daddy, her mama and daddy and all her family and friends.

“Down here, Alice, Pake, Susie and I, grandkids and great grandkids all got to visit with her either in person or over the phone,” she continued. “She left knowing how much she is loved and we all know how much she loved us. We are very thankful for all the prayers, cards, calls, visits, the care-givers with their huge hearts, and the time God gave us with Mama.”

“Jackie, Jac, Ms McEntire, Mama, Mama Jac, Momo Jac, Grandma, Grandma Jac, whatever the title was at the time – she gave you her undivided attention,” her post concluded. “We’re all going to miss her but we have so many wonderful memories. Thank you Lord for that.”

Not That Fancy

Reba’s album, Not That Fancy, was accompanied by her new book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots. The book is a collection of recipes and photos as well as a memoir of Reba’s life that also includes some lifestyle tips.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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