Reba McEntire has said that she immediately feels a personal connection to her single, “Freedom.” The country superstar can’t help but light up every time she talks about the song. She said she recognized it as her anthem right away.
The song was released in 2019 as the lead single off her studio album Stronger Than the Truth, which McEntire said to be the most “traditional country” record she has ever released. The country music icon further explained that the tracks included on the record were able to take her back to her early days when she was still performing in dance halls and honky-tonks. It even reminded her of the kind of country music that she grew up listening to and loving.
Among all of the songs on that album, McEntire said that she selected “Freedom” as the project’s first single because of its defining relatability. It then peaked at No. 52 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
An Anthem For All The Women Out There Finding True Love
Written by Jay Brunswick, Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, and John Pierce, “Freedom” is a song that recounts the trials of love.
“That’s why people fight for it, rise for it. Burn up the night for it. Cry for it, pine for it. Cross rivers wide for it. Once you’ve held the truth, there’s nothing you won’t do. And when I look into your eyes. I know why people died for it. Freedom. Loving you feels like freedom,” the song goes.
When you first listen to the song, you might think it’s a patriotic anthem, but once you listen to its words, you know it’s “about this woman who’s had bad relationships, bad luck in love and then she finds this one person” who gives her the freedom to love.
“When I first heard the song, I thought it was a very patriotic song,” McEntire said. “I thought, ‘Oh yeah, it’s an anthem. We love anthems.’ And the more I got to listening to it, I said, ‘No, it’s about this woman who’s had horrible luck falling in love and finding love, and now she’s found the love of her life, and she’s like, ‘Freedom. Loving you feels like freedom.'”
“And so it is an anthem, but it’s an anthem about love,” the singer added.
And a lot of people were able to relate to it, especially McEntire, who went through a series of bad relationships. In 2015, McEntire announced her separation from Narvel Blackstock after twenty-six years of marriage. After some time, she began dating Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo in late 2017 but called it quits two years later. Recently, McEntire revealed that she is in a relationship with CSI Miami star Rex Linn. A friend close to the singer insisted she was doing “better than ever” now.
“I want everybody to be able to relate to these songs,” McEntire said. “That makes a very successful song and a very popular song – when they can relate to it, when they come back and say, ‘Oh my gosh, she wrote this song for me,’ Or, ‘That’s my life story,’ or ‘Me and my best friend can relate to that.’ That’s what makes a really good song.”
Indeed, Reba McEntire’s’ “Freedom” is an anthem for all the women out there finding true love. You can listen to it in the video below.