February 09, 2007 12:16 AM by Joe Reality
Upon first sharing the stage in 2002, Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire
formed a professional and personal friendship, making time to
collaborate whenever possible. CMT brings these accomplished
songstresses together again for another explosive pairing on CMT
CROSSROADS, as Clarkson and McEntire take the stage before an
invitation-only Nashville audience on February 22. CMT CROSSROADS:
KELLY CLARKSON AND REBA McENTIRE will premiere in 4th quarter of 2007.
It was only five years ago that Clarkson first made her adoration of McEntire known to the world and since that time, the two have performed together and become friends both on and off the stage. Clarkson recently made an appearance on the November 2006 CMT special, CMT GIANTS: REBA, singing one of her favorite Reba songs, in order to pay tribute to her musical hero. Most recently, Clarkson guest starred on McEntire’s CW sitcom, “Reba,” and she will be dueting with her idol on Reba’s duets album slated to hit stores later in 2007.
Clarkson burst onto the music scene with her first single, “A Moment Like This,” in Oct. 2002, which set a still-standing mark by rising from 52-1 in its second week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her 2003 album debut, Thankful, debuted at No. 1, and was certified double-platinum for sale of 2.5 million in the U.S. alone. With her 2004 RCA Records sophomore album, Breakaway, the small town Texas native did just that, rushing past her competitors to sell more than 6 million in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide, producing five No. 1 singles including the title track, “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Because of You” and “Walk Away.” In February ’06, Clarkson took home a pair of Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The album also nabbed four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, one People’s Choice Award and 11 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson has already begun work on her third album with famed rock producer David Kahne.
Having held the title of Top Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year and drawing in millions of fans through her music, television show and clothing line, Reba duly deserves the title of CMT GIANT designated to her in 2006. She was the first country female artist to sell five million copies of one album since Patsy Cline and has collectively sold over 49 million albums. From “Can’t Even Get the Blues” in 1982 to “Somebody” in 2004, Reba McEntire has been delivering hit songs for many years. Her music has become a soundtrack for the human experience with such songs as “Somebody Should Leave”, “Fancy” and “Rumor Has It”; she’s inspired others with “I’m A Survivor” and “Is There Life Out There”; and broke hearts with “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” and “Does He Love You.” In a career that has expanded beyond music, McEntire is also a multiple award winner in the acting arena. Her critically-acclaimed Broadway debut in 2001′s “Annie Get Your Gun” was awarded both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards and her self-titled TV show, “Reba,” landed her a Golden Globe nomination and a People’s Choice Award. McEntire’s illustrious career includes 33 No. 1 hits, 29 albums, 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, two Grammy’s and the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award.
CMT CROSSROADS pairs country music stars with popular artists from other genresÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”pop, rock, R&BÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”to play together, swap stories, and share their common love of music. Recent episodes of CROSSROADS have included Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs; Lindsey Buckingham and Little Big Town; Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash; Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett; Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; and John Fogerty and Keith Urban. CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Taillight TV. Sarah Brock serves as executive producer for CMT.