CMA and ACM award-winning and Grammy-nominated hitmaker, David Frizzell along with The Voice Season 10 finalist, Mary Sarah partner with Time Life to release a new version of the iconic duet, “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma.” Originally recorded by Frizzell and Shelly West in 1980, the song was included on the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood’s film “Any Which Way You Can” and reached number one hit in 1981. In 2005, “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” was included in CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets in country music, reaching number six. Now in 2021, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the hit single, Mary Sarah joins Frizzell to bring new life to the classic love song.
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“I am so beyond honored and excited to be a part of such a classic and iconic song. It’s honestly crazy how things come full circle in life. I have sung “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” since I was a little girl with my dad and did I ever think that there would be a day where I would get to pay tribute and sing it with David Frizzell himself?! Not at all. So, this is so very big for me and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed remaking it!!. Thank you to David and Shelly for creating such an amazing song and allowing me to be a small part in sharing it with the world,” shares Mary Sarah.
Mary Sarah’s polished sound paired with Frizzell’s classic country tone stands out as “the duo that country music never knew they needed.” Now more than ever, the world needs a love song that slows time and sends a sense of passion into the hearts of all who listen. In times of varying levels of social distancing, Mary Sarah has done her best to continue to spread positivity to fans by sharing a new acoustic video on Instagram and YouTube every Wednesday and sharing family photos with their new little bundle of joy, Avalyn Mae.
“Every artist dreams of the day when one of their songs becomes a hit so big that it withstands the test of time,” shares Frizzell. “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” has done just that. I am excited to be teaming with Time-Life and Mary Sarah to give this song a modern twist while remaining true to its classic sound.”
David Frizzell is one of the greatest voices in country music with a haunting resemblance to his older brother, the ultimate stylist, Country Music Hall of Fame member Lefty Frizzell. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes. As a producer of the popular Frizzell & Friends series of projects, David brings together some of the top performers in the business for both live and recorded projects such as Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Lacy J. Dalton, and more.
About David Frizzell:
David Frizzell was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, in 1941. He began touring with his legendary brother, Lefty Frizzell at the age of 12 throughout the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Air Force, Frizzell signed with Columbia Records in 1970 and charted his first Billboard single with “L.A. International Airport” and then a Top 40 with “I Just Can’t Help Believing.”
During the 1970s, Frizzell appeared regularly on Buck Owens’ All American TV Show and began recording for Capitol Records. In 1981, he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. The song won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year and Vocal Duet of the Year awards in 1981, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was featured in Clint Eastwood’s film ‘Any Which Way You Can.’ Frizzell and West also won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Duo of the Year in 1981 and 1982.
In 1982, Frizzell released “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home,” which made its way to number one.
In recent years, Frizzell created his label Nashville America Records, and has released several albums including Frizzell & Friends: This Is Our Time which includes a bonus track, written in honor of Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and traditional music in general. “Lefty, Merle & Me” features David with Marty Haggard.
David Frizzell is a timeless and tireless entertainer who continues to share his many gifts to the delight of fans old and new across the US and throughout the world.
About Mary Sarah:
With more than 10 years of performing, you could say this young woman has been given a “coat of many colors”. The fabric of her life brings forth a vast array of opportunities and experience. Mary Sarah was raised in the Texas Opry circuit where she first began defining and honoring her traditional country roots. She then went on to land a major touring role with Kidz Bop at the age of 12. Combining her touring experience with her love of traditional country music gave way to a once-in-a-lifetime album – duets featuring Country Music Legend’s like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and much more – all before the age of 18.
In 2016, America embraced her on the #1 rated TV show in the country, The Voice. Her blind audition garnered her a 4-chair turn singing country’s iconic “Where The Boys Are” by Connie Francis – a tune that continues to garner standing ovations and whispers of the greatness of her mentors; Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and the likes of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. She quickly advanced onto Team Blake.
Her undeniable talent and infectious spirit have since kept her in the spotlight. Since finishing 5th on of The Voice (Season 10) & serving as The Kohl’s Greenroom Host (Season 11), the Texas ingénue’s opportunities have only expanded coming off the show to include her Grand Ole Opry debut, Ryman stage appearances touring across the United States and hosting Radio Disney’s Red Carpet coverage for the CMA Awards. She has graced the iconic stage of the Opry a total of 5 times since.
About Time Life:
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