Local teenager in Reba's new music video
A star struck Reba McEntire fan from Rutherfordton is featured on award winning country music singer's brand new music video, "Pray for Peace." The video was released Monday.
Chrisana Hughes, an R-S Central High School senior, has been a Reba McEntire fan for a long time and when she got word her video was among those selected from people from all over the world, she was over the moon.
At 2 a.m. on June 2 Chrisana said she woke up and checked her emails and learned she was a winner.
She received legal documents in the mail and, after signing and returning them, she was among dozens featured presenting their own simple displays of peace.
"I didn't know what to think. I was so star struck," Chrisana said. "She is my favorite person in the whole world. When I was little I watched her show a lot and I listen to her music."
Two months ago when Chrisana was in Nashville, Tennessee visiting her aunt Tina Jackson she attended her first Reba McEntire concert.
The concert was a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame held at Bridgestone Arena. Afterwards, Chrisana and Tina toured the Hall of Fame.
While looking at McEntire's exhibit, Chrisana saw an invitation for anyone interested to submit a "Pray for Peace" video.
"The information told us how to do the hand motions and how to submit the video," Chrisana said.
Tina shot the video of Chrisana in the Hall of Fame in front of a small fountain with a quote behind her and it was submitted right there.
"My aunt is awesome," Chrisana said. "She gets me tickets all the time. She knows a lot of people since she lives there and she knows how much I love Reba. She bought the tickets and she shot the video of me."
In addition to seeing McEntire in concert in May, she attended a live interview with McEntire at the Country Music Hall of Fame a year ago.
"We were on the third row. It was awesome," Chrisana said.
McEntire explained the origins of the song on her Facebook page:
"The idea to write the song 'Pray for Peace' came to me last year as I was walking on our place in Gallatin, Tn. For days I'd sing, 'Pray for Peace,' over and over. It wasn't until several months later did the other parts start to fall in place. Some, not until we got into the studio to record it."
She credits divine intervention for her creation. "I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one," she notes. "It's an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love."
The video also includes men, women, children, service people and people playing and working.
Star struck Chrisana will head back to school next month. After graduating she wants to go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and become a doctor.
She is the daughter of Jay and Paula Hughes.