Remember When Reba Covered A Beyoncé Song?

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14 years ago, Reba transformed Beyoncé’s chart-topping hit “If I Were A Boy” into a fiery country rendition for her 28th studio album, All the Women I Am.

Amidst the recent buzz surrounding Beyoncé’s recent venture into country music, her track “Texas Hold ‘Em” is already dominating the country charts, sparking conversations aplenty.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” secured the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for three consecutive weeks.

This milestone solidified her as the first Black woman to achieve such a feat.

Listen to it below!

Beyoncé’s Country Venture

On March 13, Beyoncé unveiled the release date of her latest album, Cowboy Carter, set for March 29th. Following this announcement, the singer took to social media to share insights into the creative journey behind the highly anticipated project.

Drawing from her early experiences in the genre, Beyoncé found inspiration for Cowboy Carter in the challenges she faced navigating the country music industry.

“This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed…and it was very clear that I wasn’t. But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive.”


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The Evolution Of “If I Were a Boy”

“If I Were a Boy,” written by BC Jean and Toby Gad, first debuted in 2008 through Jean’s rendition. It later became an iconic hit on Beyoncé’s third solo studio album, I Am…Sasha Fierce.

Since its release, the song has enjoyed enduring popularity for over 15 years, climbing to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning multi-platinum certifications globally, including a diamond certification in Brazil.

Reba’s Take On Beyoncé Song

In 2010, Reba infused a country twist into Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy.”

The following year, she released it as a single, reaching a respectable #22 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart, showcasing her crossover talent.

“The record label really wanted me to record it and put it out as a single,” Reba shared in 2019. “I didn’t feel real good about it. It wasn’t that successful. The people in the music industry, they’re professionals, and sometimes you have to go with the team. It just didn’t work out.”

While she embraced recording Beyoncé’s hit, Reba openly acknowledged passing on numerous other songs throughout her career.

“It has to have a message,” said Reba. “If a song has touched my heart, hopefully, it’ll touch your heart when I sing it. I’m the conduit. I’m the one that delivers the message.”

She added, “It might solve a problem for them, it might entertain them, it might get them away from what they’re going through. That’s my job on earth. I feel very strongly about that.”


#Reminiscing on this special performance of beyonce’s #IfIWereABoy by #CMTAwards nominee #reba 🎤 #2010 #CMTUnplugged

♬ original sound – CMT

Reba’s decision to release “If I Were a Boy” as a single to country radio was accompanied by a visually stunning music video, reminding listeners of the song’s compelling narrative.

As a country legend, Reba’s rendition adds a particularly unique flair to the track.

Watch the music video below!

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