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 No. 1 in 1981.
In 2005, “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” was included in CMT’s “100 Greatest Duets” in country music, reaching No. 6.
Now in 2021, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the hit single, Mary Sarah joins Frizzell to bring new life to the classic love song.
Visit HERE to listen to “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” on Wide Open Country.
Visit HERE to watch the “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” acoustic video premiere on “Taste of Country.”
Visit HERE to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of their recording session.
“Every artist dreams of the day when one of their songs becomes a hit so big that it withstands the test of time,” Frizzell. said “ ‘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.”
Mary Sarah said, "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.”
A press release stated, “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.
“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.”