Reba McEntire recently got the opportunity of a lifetime to team up with the country music legend Loretta Lynn for the icon’s new album “Still Woman Enough,” getting to sing the title track alongside Carrie Underwood.
In a behind-the-scenes documentary video about the making of the song, McEntire became emotional as she talked about the bond she has with Lynn, who is nothing short of country music royalty.
“One thing I’d like to say, if I don’t choke up when I’m saying it, I love her,” McEntire, 66, said of Lynn, 88. “She is the most special thing country music, I think, has ever had. I mean that with all my heart.”
“To get to sing with Loretta Lynn, the person that I’ve learned to much from over, I think, 60 years of my life, I was honored that y’all asked me to do this because I’ve watched the movie, I read the books,” McEntire continued. “She is still woman enough. And to have that kind of attitude, everybody’s, the Me Too movement and woman’s got to be stronger, Loretta’s been strong all her life. And that’s something that she taught me, just like my momma taught me. You be strong. You take up for yourself. And to get to sing the song ‘Still Woman Enough’ with her, that’s an anthem that women need to carry forever.”
Lynn wrote “Still Woman Enough” with her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and it is meant to be a celebration of women and how resilient they can be. The chorus of the song goes:
“I’m still woman enough / Still got what it takes inside / I know how to love, lose and survive / Ain’t much I ain’t seen, I ain’t tried / I been knocked down but never out of the fight / I’m strong but I’m tender, wise but I’m tough / And let me tell you, when it comes to love / I’m still woman enough.”
Collaborating on this song with such legends as Lynn and McEntire was an unforgettable experience for Underwood as well.
“When we were kind of talking about doing this and you hear the song title ‘Still Woman Enough’ it’s like, you know it’s going to be kind of something sassy,” said Underwood, 38. “And then when I heard it, it definitely made sense that the three of us would be singing it together. It does kind of feel like this not just female get-together song, but it’s like, we’re lifting each other up, we’re kind of standing together. I love moments like that, where we get to do that.”
As for Lynn, she was grateful to her friends for taking the time to work on this album with her.
“I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album. We girl singers gotta stick together,” Lynn said in a statement obtained by Billboard. “It’s amazing how much has happened in the 50 years since ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ first came out and I’m extremely grateful to be given a part to play in the history of American music.”