After being out of circulation for over thirty years, Reba Rambo’s 1976 Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning classic, Lady, was re-released on Friday, December 13th by Provident/Sony. Within just a few hours of release, the album found itself charting in iTunes’ Top 5 Christian/Gospel albums chart.
Video tributes on social media from Rambo’s peers have flooded in covering a wide span of the music industry. Artists ranging from NBC’s The Voice contest Ricky Braddy to country star Ty Herndon to Debby Boone cited the weight of her influence on the music industry. Country music icon Reba McEntire hailed Rambo as an influence, citing her “grace, style and beautiful vocals,” while CCM innovator and best-selling Christian author Sheila Walsh called Rambo “one of the greatest voices in all of gospel music.” Country music artist and historian Marty Stuart called her “an essential artist,” and recognized Lady as a groundbreaking album for what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. Gospel music journalist Deborah Evans Price called Lady “a landmark recording in an extremely impressive career.”
Her songs have been recorded by Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Natalie Cole, Debby Boone, Donna Summer, Cynthia Clawson, the Gaither Vocal Band, Michael English, Mark Lowry and many more. She has earned a Grammy Award, three Dove Awards and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Rambos. After recording a series of collaborative efforts for the past thirty years, Reba is beginning work on her first solo album since 1982.