Reba McEntire’s songwriting talent has long taken a back seat to her stellar singing, though she did write her 1985 hit “Only in My Mind” entirely while co-writing her 2011 single “Somebody’s Chelsea.”
But she happened upon a lyric while strolling her property at home in Tennessee, and it’s led not only to an original song, but to a video campaign for peace.
“I was walking around and just started singing the words ‘pray for peace’ and got the biggest chills and said, ‘Wow! That’s a song,’” McEntire recalls. “Then every time I went out walking I came up with more of the song.”
She soon had enough to go into the studio and record it, and is now asking fans to contribute to a YouTube video campaign.
“I’m asking them to submit clips from wherever they are in the world, doing the ‘Pray for Peace’ motions I do in the video—to help spread a message of peace,” says the ever-active superstar singer-songwriter. “If we can reach an agreement on praying for peace, maybe I’ll settle down!”
To facilitate both her proposed peace agreement and settling herself down, she’s posted instructions for spreading her message on her website, where she’s encouraging visitors to invite their friends, family and co-workers to film and upload themselves doing the ‘Pray for Peace’ motions from locations that indicate where they are in the world--like local landmarks or beautiful scenic views.
“All you have to do is smile and do the hand motions!” it says on the site. “However, feel free to be creative and show us your personality.”
Participants are then directed to upload videos to YouTube with the hashtag #PrayForPeace, or use a file-sharing service like Dropbox. The best ones will be included in McEntire's completed "Pray for Peace" video.
The deadline for submissions is May 27.
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