The Cowboy Church of Orange County presents Susie McEntire in a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the church, 673 Farm Road 1078 (one mile north of Interstate 10 off Texas 62).

McEntire’s smile is genuine one and familiar. With more than a passing physical resemblance to her sister, Reba McEntire, Susie also shares her big sister’s musical talents. Susie has directed her talents to the country gospel side of American Roots music getting lots of acclaim from her fans and other artists, as well. In addition to numerous awards from TNN, GMA, and CCMA, Susie has been names “Artist of the Year” several times in the field of Positive Country Music. She also scored four No. 1 singles on the Positive Country radio charts. However, more than her notoriety, it is Susie’s kindness and determination in the middle of difficulties and her authentic compassion for others that inspires people around her.

Susie often reflects about her early Christian experiences in her concerts, combining her wealth of songs (13 CDs to date) with inspiring life stories. She says, “The person who influenced me the most for Christ was my Grandma Smith who babysat me while my siblings went to school. It was through her influence that I recognized what Christianity was all about – not all about going to church – it was about Him living His life through me.”

Raised on an Oklahoma ranch, Susie began singing as a teenager with her siblings, Pake and Reba as the “Singing McEntires.” In 1980, after graduating from Oklahoma State University, Susie was again singing with her sister who, by this time, had become a country superstar. In addition to performing concerts for sold-out crowds, they made television appearances on programs such as “The Tonight Show,” “Hee Haw,” and “The Grand Old Opry.” Susie says, “I learned so much in this short period of time. Little did I know that this travel time with Reba would help to prepare me for my own solo career in music.”

In 1984, Susie submitted to God’s calling in her life to sing Christian music, and in the years to follow traveled the country with her family. She says that now she feels more energetic and positive about her music than ever before. She has been able to embark on a dream she’s had for years, co-hosting “Cowboy Church” on RFDtv. “My family has been in the ranching/rodeo world for four generations, and I am so pleased to be able to bring Jesus Christ to this audience in a down to earth, country style.”

The concert service will also include a “Desert Auction” to help raise funds for kitchen and arena equipment. For more information, call Pastor E. Dale Lee at (409) 718-0269.