Reba McEntire Updates 1997 Anthem ‘What If’ for a Changed World

She brings a timeless message to a new crisis.

Reba McEntire Updates 1997 Anthem ‘What If’ for a Changed World
Reba; Cover art courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville

Country icon Reba McEntire has updated one of her classics for a changed world, releasing a revised video for her 1997 anthem, “What If.”

Written by Diane Warren and originally released by McEntire to benefit the Salvation Army, the track has always had a message of hope and healing, asking listeners to bring about a brighter future. But in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country superstar says that can-do spirit is something the world needs now more than ever.

“This song is as relevant today as it was 23 years ago,” she explains. “That’s the power of a great song and Diane Warren is no stranger to writing great songs. Even though we may not be able to physically reach out with just one hand right now, we can still be there for each other and take care of our neighbors, essential workers and medical professionals. Re-releasing this song and updated video with its message of care, hope and love felt like the right thing to do. Maybe we still can change things.”

Mixing the original late-’90s video with new footage of empty city streets, bare shelves in grocery stores and more, the updated clip highlights just how much good can be done through small, individual gestures — if we could all just get on the same page.