In August, many months before Christmas plans were even on anyone's mind this year, Reba McEntire announced the release of her third Christmas album titled My Kind of Christmas exclusively to Cracker Barrel stores.
The album announcement was in conjunction with her brand new retail line called "Rockin' R by Reba", which features items designed and inspired by her life including jewelry, Aztec-inspired ponchos, home decor, dinnerware, toys, play sets, and leather bound home goods. Her line and album are sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel locations and online.
My Kind of Christmas was released on September 2 and features ten tracks of Christmas classics from "Winter Wonderland" to "O Come All Ye Faithful" to "Silent Night".
On Nov. 29, McEntire stopped by the daytime talk show The Talk and performed one of her songs from My Kind of Christmas. Julie Chen introduced her saying, "Big thanks to Reba McEntire for being our guest co-host today. And now, as promised, she's back to perform the holiday classic 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' from her new holiday album, My Kind of Christmas!"
The talk show's production crew turned the Los Angeles-based studio into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees, presents, holiday lights, and video of snow falling behind the red-headed singer.
Accompanied by just a piano, McEntire captures the spirit of Christmas and emphasizes what is really important around the holidays - family.
The camera cut to The Talk co-hosts Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and Chen, who were holding hands, swaying back and forth, and singing along.
Halfway through the performance, McEntire took time out to praise the pianist, Katherine Marks, earning her a well-deserved round of applause. She completed the song beautifully and really put the entire audience, and us at home, in the Christmas spirit.
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" was originally recorded by the magnificent Bing Crosby in 1943. In the 73 years since its release, it has become a Christmas standard and was originally written about all the people who are unable to be home for Christmas. It's emotional undertone really tugs at your heartstrings, but that doesn't stop everyone from singing it at the top of their lungs.
What did you think of her performance of "I'll Be Home For Christmas"? Let us know in the comments section. Watch her phenomenal performance below.
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