Reba McEntire
Actress/singer
Reba McEntire
Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music artist and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall.
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Reba McEntire reveals details about upcoming TV show
Fox News - about 2 months
Reba McEntire is readying her acting chops.
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Pentatonix Have The Most Hilarious Christmas Special Outtakes With Kelly Clarkson
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers to Perform at Benefit for Tenn. Wildfire Victims
ABC News - 3 months
Dolly Parton is planning quite a show for Dec. 13.
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Country Royalty Nothing But Style at the CMA's
Huffington Post - 4 months
The CMA Awards are, without a doubt, one of my favorites on the list of award shows. It's so much fun to see what the female country stars are rocking as well as the male country artist. How can anyone get tired of cowboy hats and what they represent? I relate to all the country styles in a weird kind of way. When it comes to tradition, we in beauty have staple styles like the bob, while our fellow country music folks have the cowboy hat. I love the pomp and circumstance that encompass the country look and how the country philosophy represents a unique piece of American history and culture. I absolutely adore how bling is a permanent accessory which they manage to mix flawlessly with everything from updos and to casual braids to ponytails. Who would have thought? Now let's talk about the superstars. Hello, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Billy Ray Cyrus! Ya'll looked terrific on the red carpet with your cowboy hats, blazers and boots. Many other joined the festivities with thei ...
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Dolly Parton’s CMAs Speech Is Another Reason We'll Always Love Her
Huffington Post - 4 months
Beyoncé may have made headlines with her performance at last night’s Country Music Association Awards, but not even Queen B could steal the spotlight from the one and only, Dolly Parton.  The country music icon was one of the night’s biggest honorees, taking home the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. When Parton went on stage to accept her award, she couldn’t help but make some high-larious jokes.  “To be receiving the Willie Nelson Award, this is an absolute high for me,” she said, laughing as the crowd erupted into cheers. “For Willie to have a high-chievement award, I mean how proper is that? ‘Cause he’s had some highs that border on historic, I can tell you that.”  In all seriousness, Parton added, “I really am very proud to receive this.” The line of the night from Dolly Parton #CMAawards50 pic.twitter.com/4dJoHZLMth — Hawkeye KSCS DJ (@HawkeyeOnAir) November 3, 2016 Before Parton gave her speech, some of country’s biggest stars paid tribut ...
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George Strait, Reba McEntire and More Set to Sing on the CMAs
ABC News - 4 months
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan and Eric Church will also perform.
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Reba McEntire Is Set to Teach a Country Music 'MasterClass'
Yahoo News - 5 months
It's the singer's first online class featuring 20 lessons.
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7 Red Lipsticks Makeup Artists Swear By
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Lisa DeSantis Finding the perfect red lipstick can be something of a lifelong challenge. Just thinking about the different formulas, shades, and textures is enough to make someone go crazy! Cue makeup artists whose literal job it is to find and test said lipsticks. Here, the go-to reds that have proven worthy of a coveted spot in their kits. For subtle color Lipstick Queen 'Saint Sheer' Lipstick in Rouge ($24; Nordstrom.com) "If you're intimidated by sporting a rich color, Lipstick Queen has an amazing array of sheer and cream formulas so that you don't have to go for a bold look right off the bat. This one has the power to make you feel empowered, not intimidated. It's not your typical red. It's a bit deeper but creates a flattering flush," says Rebecca Perkins, New York City makeup artist and co-founder of Rouge NY. RELATED: 10 Surprising Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil For a matte finish Photo: Sephora.com Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Rioja ($28; sephora.c ...
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Reba McEntire's ex-husband reportedly has a new woman
Fox News - about 1 year
Nashville is buzzing that country legend Reba McEntire’s ex-husband and manager of over 25 years has already moved on to another woman, sources tell the New York Post.
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Reba McEntire Reveals Her Divorce Is Final
abc News - about 1 year
The country music queen said it was finalized Oct. 28.
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McEntire, Blackstock divorce
CNN - about 1 year
Country music singer Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, have divorced after 26 years of marriage.
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Reba McEntire's divorce from Narvel Blackstock finalized
Fox News - about 1 year
Reba McEntire has confirmed her divorce from husband Narvel Blackstock is official. The singer shared the news on her Facebook page Thursday night.
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Kevin Bacon Returns To 'Tremors' For TV Reboot
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In 1990, Kevin Bacon starred in "Tremors," a campy monster flick that inspired four sequels and a short-lived SyFy television series. 25 years later, he is returning to Perfection Valley for another round of man vs. giant sandworm.  Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions are developing a "Tremors" TV reboot with a script by "The Secret Circle" creator Andrew Miller. Bacon is set to executive produce and reprise his role of Valentine "Val" McKee, a handyman who saves his small town from man-eating killer worms. Reba McEntire also starred in the original cult classic, but hasn't given any indication that she'll join the TV continuation.  Earlier this year, "The Following" actor expressed interest in revisiting the character. "It’s a surprisingly good movie, I remember it being a little more sillier than it is," Bacon revealed on an episode of "VICE Talks Film" in August. ‘[Valentine is] the only character that I’ve ever done that I’m interested in revisiting 25 ...
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Women Go Long and Wavy With Hair, Men's 80 Rocker at Country Music Awards
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
With a tip o' the hat to the styles of the '80s, the Academy of Country Music Awards in Texas this weekend took on a distinct rocker flare in hair with men, in particular, standing out with short hair, long hair and everything in between. Even when styles were similar, there was something going on to make each unique. Some of the guys wore a bit of design on one side and then a tailored prohibition cut on the other ... two haircuts in one! I am seeing some permed hair starting to make its way back onto the red carpets and concrete runways, another echo from the '80s. Kelly Clarkson did something with the asymmetrical look, too, wearing a soft curl on one side and shaved on the other to give her a dramatic look. How to Get the new curls with a perm: To get the new look with curls make sure you consult with your stylist on perms and how tight you want your curl. After you get your perm, usually less is better when styling with gel. Put a little in your hair when it's still damp ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Reba McEntire
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 60
    In 2016, McEntire was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
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    On July 13, 2016, she was a guest judge on NBC's America's Got Talent Judge Cuts.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    McEntire announced in December 2015 that their divorce was final on October 28, 2015.
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    On August 3, 2015, it was announced in a joint statement on McEntire's website that she and Blackstock had been separated for a few months after twenty-six years of marriage.
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    It served as the lead-off single to Love Somebody, McEntire's twenty-seventh studio album, released on April 14, 2015. Love Somebody debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums—her twelfth number-one album on the chart—and No. 3 on Billboard 200, selling 62,469 copies in the U.S. The album has sold 171,600 copies in the U.S. as of October 5, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 58
    Her first single for the new label, "Going Out Like That," was announced December 16, 2014 and was released on January 6, 2015.
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    On October 21, 2014, it was announced that McEntire would be the inaugural signing for Big Machine's new imprint Nash Icon Music.
    More Details Hide Details She also disclosed that she was working on a new album, with 11 new songs.
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Speaking about their impending marriage in 2013, McEntire stated that she was, "thrilled to death, thrilled to death.
    More Details Hide Details To have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, I mean, who could ask for more?" McEntire holds the record for the most Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist Awards (seven), and American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist (twelve). She also holds the distinction of being the first to win the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year Award four times consecutively. Martina McBride won Female Vocalist four times, although not consecutively. In 2013, Miranda Lambert tied McEntire to win Female Vocalist four years in a row. McEntire is also a rare musical artist to achieve solo number-ones across four decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s). She holds the record for most CMA Award nominations for a female artist, with 49.
    Despite reports that Malibu Country was the most-watched freshman comedy in its debut season (8.7 million), the show was canceled on May 10, 2013, after eighteen episodes.
    More Details Hide Details McEntire's sound has been influenced by the country music of Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, and Patsy Cline. In college, McEntire would attend local dances at the Oklahoma–Texas border so she could dance to Wills's music, commenting that, "it didn't get any better than dancing to Bob Wills music". She also explained Merle Haggard's influence on her career, stating "I had every album he ever put out", and would sing "every song he did", along with her brother, Pake and sister, Susie. In addition, her first major hit, "Sweet Dreams" was a remake of Patsy Cline's version of the song, according to McEntire herself. McEntire's music has been described to not only be built upon traditional country music, but also expand into the genres of Country pop, Mainstream pop, Soul, Adult Contemporary, and R&B. At times, her music has often been criticized for moving away from traditional country music. Many music critics have often called her music to be "melodramatic", "formulaic", and "bombastic", particularly after her 1988 album, Reba. Studio releases such as Sweet Sixteen, Rumor Has It, It's Your Call, and Starting Over have often been described by these terms.
  • 2011
    Age 55
    McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 22, 2011, at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.
    On March 1, 2011, the Country Music Association announced that McEntire would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details McEntire was unable to attend the announcement after her father had slipped into a coma following a stroke.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    On December 20, 2010, McEntire scored her 35th Billboard number-one single in the U.S. with "Turn On the Radio".
    More Details Hide Details The second single from All the Women I Am was a cover of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy", which McEntire took to No. 22. After it came "When Love Gets a Hold of You" at No. 40 and "Somebody's Chelsea" at No. 44. The latter was the only single that McEntire had co-written since "Only in My Mind" in 1985. McEntire later announced that she would be visiting 31 cities on her All the Women I Am Tour late that year with The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, and Edens Edge as opening acts on different stops of the tour. Dates for the tour were announced July 6, 2011.
    On November 10, 2010, McEntire appeared at the Country Music Association Awards performing her version of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy".
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    McEntire's thirty-fourth studio album, All the Women I Am, was released on November 9, 2010, under Valory Music Group/Starstruck Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album's lead single called "Turn On the Radio" was released on August 3, 2010, and the music video premiered on August 18, 2010. Upon its release, All the Women I Am received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 4 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".
  • 2009
    Age 53
    Her twenty-sixth studio album, Keep On Loving You was released August 18, 2009, and became McEntire's first solo studio album in six years.
    More Details Hide Details The album gained fairly positive reviews from most album critics. On August 26, Keep on Loving You became McEntire's second album to top both the Billboard Country and 200 charts, selling almost 96,000 copies within its first week. With the album, McEntire broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard number-one albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn. On August 18 the label released the album's second single, "Consider Me Gone", and it debuted at No. 51 on The Hot Country Single's Chart. The single became McEntire's thirty-fourth number-one on the Billboard chart in December. With a four-week stay at No. 1, this song became the longest-lasting number-one of her career, as well as the first multi-week number-one by a female country singer since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" in 2007. The album's third and final single was "I Keep On Loving You", co-written by Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, which peaked at No. 7.
    On April 5, 2009, McEntire debuted her first single, "Strange", on Valory at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The song debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving McEntire the highest single debut of her career, and went on to peak at No. 11.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    In November 2008, McEntire announced that she would be departing from her label of twenty-five years and signing with the Valory Music Group, an imprint of Big Machine Records (coincidentally distributed by MCA and Mercury's parent, Universal Music Group).
    More Details Hide Details Under MCA, she had sold a total of sixty-seven million records worldwide and won two Grammys. The switch to Valory reunited McEntire with the label's president, Scott Borchetta, who had worked as senior vice president of promotion at MCA during most of the 1990s. McEntire later commented on her label switch, stating, "I am thrilled to be joining the Valory team. Scott and I worked together on some of the biggest singles of my career, and I am excited to renew our partnership." In November, 2008, MCA released a 50 Greatest Hits box set compilation album, containing three CDs, from 1984's "How Blue" to 2007's "Because of You".
    In early 2008, McEntire partnered again with Brooks & Dunn for a re-recorded version of their single "Cowgirls Don't Cry".
    More Details Hide Details McEntire is featured in the video, but not on the version found on the album Cowboy Town. It became McEntire's fifty-sixth Top Ten country hit, breaking Dolly's record for the most Top Ten country hits for a solo female.
    On January 17, 2008, McEntire embarked on the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour with Clarkson, which began in Fairborn, Ohio and ended in November of the same year.
    More Details Hide Details A month after its release, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 19, 2007. The album's only other single was "Every Other Weekend". Recorded on the album as a duet with Chesney, it was released to radio with its co-writer, Skip Ewing, as a duet partner.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    In mid-2007, McEntire announced the release of her twenty-fifth studio album, Reba: Duets, on September 18.
    More Details Hide Details McEntire stated that out of all the albums she had previously recorded, her newest release was particularly special: "This is an album that will go down in history as probably my favorite album to record because I got to work and sing and be with my friends. Out of everything in this whole career that I can say that I'm the most proud of, are my friends. And here's the proof." In promotion for the album, McEntire made appearances at radio shows and on The Oprah Winfrey Show September 19. The album's lead single, "Because of You"—a duet with Kelly Clarkson, who originally recorded the song—became her fifty-fifth Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, tying her with Dolly Parton, who also had the same amount of Top 10 records. The album was given high critical praise from magazines such as PopMatters, which called McEntire's vocals, "to sound sweet without being syrupy, while being extremely powerful. McEntire's vocal strength yields a different kind of authority than the bluesy, drawling growl of Janis Joplin, the weathered rasp of Marianne Faithfull, or even the soul-shrieking powerhouse of Tina Turner. Instead, Reba's voice combines the aspects of all three singers but tempers it with a Southern sweetness and an unmistakable femininity." The album contained ten tracks of duets with country and pop artists, including Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, Carole King, and Justin Timberlake.
    On August 30, 2007, McEntire received two CMA nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details With those two nominations plus another in 2008 and two more in 2009, McEntire became the female artist with the most nominations (forty-eight) in the forty-three year history of the CMA Awards, surpassing Dolly Parton, who has forty-three.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In 2005, McEntire released the compilation Reba 1's.
    More Details Hide Details The album comprised all thirty-three number-one hits in her career on all major trade charts. Two new songs were included on the album: "You're Gonna Be" and "Love Needs a Holiday". Both were released as singles, peaking at No. 33 and No. 60, respectively, with the latter becoming her first single in twenty-seven years to miss the country top 40 entirely. Country Standard Time called the tracks "Whoever's in New England" and "You Lie" the album highlights. The album reached a peak of No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 12 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, certifying 2× Platinum by the RIAA within two years.
  • 2003
    Age 47
    In November 2003, her twenty-third studio album, Room to Breathe, marked her first release of new material in four years.
    More Details Hide Details Writing for The Boston Globe, Steve Morse found the album's material to have a variety of musical stylings, saying the track "Love Revival" sounded like Tanya Tucker and calling "If I Had Any Sense at All" "a mournful country ballad". Dan MacIntosh of Country Standard Time gave Room to Breathe a less-received review, reporting that "it ultimately falls short of leaving the listener breathless". He highlighted "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain" for sounding like a Bluegrass-inspired song such as music by Ricky Skaggs or Patty Loveless. The album itself reached a peak of No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 25 on the Billboard 200, staying at the position for only one week. The second single, "Somebody", also recorded by Mark Wills on his "Loving Every Minute" release, became her twenty-second number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and first since "If You See Him/If You See Her" six years previous. This became her thirty-third number-one single overall. It took longer than expected to become a hit, according to McEntire, who said, "Yeah, that had us concerned. The album came out in November and it took 30 weeks for "Somebody" to work its way up the charts. Usually, it's 15 weeks. But this one had a resurgence of life, especially after the video came out. MCA is really kicking butt with it." Its third single, "He Gets That from Me" reached No. 7, followed by the Amy Dalley co-written track "My Sister", which reached No. 16.
    McEntire's seventy-sixth chart single, "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain", released in mid-2003, ended her two-year break from recording.
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  • 2001
    Age 45
    In 2001, McEntire returned with her third greatest-hits album: Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor.
    More Details Hide Details The album helped McEntire receive her third gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, which made her the most certified female country artist in music history. It spawned the number-three hit "I'm a Survivor", which would be her last major hit for two years, as McEntire would go on a temporary hiatus to focus on her television sitcom, Reba. The album's only other single, a cover of Kenny Rogers' "Sweet Music Man", went to No. 36.
  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999, McEntire released two albums.
    More Details Hide Details In September she issued her second Christmas album, The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection, which eventually sold 500,000 copies in the United States. In November, her twenty-second studio album, So Good Together was released, spawning three singles. The first release, "What Do You Say" and the second release, "I'll Be" both reached the Top 5 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. So Good Together also brought her into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, peaking at No. 31. The album would eventually certify Platinum by the end of the decade. What Do You Say became her first crossover hit as well. Unlike any of her previous albums, So Good Together was produced by three people, including McEntire. Entertainment Weekly commented that most of the album's material was "an odd set—mostly ballads, including an English/Portuguese duet with Jose e Durval on Boz Scaggs' 'We're All Alone'".
  • 1997
    Age 41
    In 1997, McEntire headlined a tour with Brooks & Dunn that led to the recording of "If You See Him/If You See Her" with the duo the following year.
    More Details Hide Details This song was included on McEntire's If You See Him album and Brooks & Dunn's If You See Her album, both of which released on June 2. Thom Owens of AllMusic reported in its review that both album titles were named nearly the same as "a way to draw attention for both parties, since they were no longer new guns—they were veterans in danger of losing ground to younger musicians". The duet reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in June 1998 and spawned an additional three Top 10 hits during that year: "Forever Love", "Wrong Night", and "One Honest Heart". In addition, If You See Him peaked within the Top 10 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums chart, reaching No. 8 and No. 2, respectively.
    At the end of 1997, McEntire also charted at No. 23 the charity single "What If".
    More Details Hide Details The proceeds of sales for this single were donated to the Salvation Army.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    Read My Mind became another major seller for McEntire and her label, selling three million copies by 1995 and certifying at 3× Multi-Platinum from the RIAA.
    More Details Hide Details After many years of releasing studio albums of newly recorded material, McEntire's nineteenth studio album, Starting Over (1995) was collection of her favorite songs originally recorded by others from the 1950s through the early 1980s. The album was made to commemorate twenty years in the music industry, but many music critics gave it a less positive response than her previous release. Allmusics Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that although the album was considered a "rebirth" for McEntire, he thought that some tracks were recorded for merely "nothing more than entertainment". The album paid tribute to many of McEntire's favorite artists and included cover versions of "Talking In Your Sleep" originally sung by Crystal Gayle, "Please Come to Boston", "I Won't Mention It Again" sung by Ray Price, "Starting Over Again", cowritten by Donna Summer and originally a hit for Dolly Parton, "On My Own", and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix". "On My Own" featured guest vocals from Davis, as well as Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood. Despite negative reviews, Starting Over was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America within the first two months of its release, but only one single—a cover of Lee Greenwood's "Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands"—was a Top 10 hit single.
  • 1994
    Age 38
    Her eighteenth studio release was 1994's Read My Mind.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned five major hit singles onto the Billboard Country chart, including the No. 1 single "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter". The further releases ("Till You Love Me", "Why Haven't I Heard from You", and "And Still") became Top 10 singles on the same chart, with "Till You Love Me" also reaching No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100, a chart that she had not previously entered. The album itself reached No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. Charlotte Dillon of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, calling it "another wonderful offering of songs performed by the gifted country singer Reba McEntire". Dillon also felt that the album's material had "a little soul, a little swing, and some pop, too". Entertainment Weeklys Alanna Nash also gave the album positive feedback, viewing the album to have "enough boiling rhythms and brooding melodies to reflect the anger and disillusionment of the middle class in the '90s", calling the track "She Thinks His Name Was John" to be the best example of that idea. The song was eventually spawned as a single and was considered controversial for its storyline, which described a woman who contracts AIDS from a one-night stand. Because of its subject, the song garnered less of a response from radio and peaked at No. 15.
  • 1993
    Age 37
    In October 1993, McEntire's third compilation album, Greatest Hits Volume Two was released, reaching No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively, selling 183,000 copies during Christmas week 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Out of the ten tracks were two new singles: the first, "Does He Love You", was a duet with Linda Davis. The song later went on to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and win both women a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Its second single, "They Asked About You", was also a Top 10 hit. The additional eight songs were some of McEntire's biggest hit singles during a course of five years including "The Last One to Know", "I Know How He Feels", "Cathy's Clown", and "The Heart Won't Lie". After originally selling two million copies upon its initial release (2× Multi-Platinum), Greatest Hits Volume Two would later certify at 5× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA in 1998. The album has gone to sell over 10 million copies worldwide, which makes it McEntire's best selling album to date.
  • 1992
    Age 36
    In December 1992, McEntire's seventeenth studio album, It's Your Call, was released.
    More Details Hide Details It became her first album to peak within the Billboard 200 Top 10, reaching No. 8. McEntire commented that the record was a "second chapter" to For My Broken Heart, while music reviewers such as Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly disagreed, writing, "In truth, it isn't nearly as pessimistic as its predecessor—and unfortunately it isn't anywhere as involving." Nash called the album's title track—which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart—"one of those moment-of-truth sagas at which McEntire excels. In the song, a wife answers the phone to find her husband's girlfriend on the other end and seizes the opportunity not only to inform her mate that she knows of his affair but to give him the ultimatum of choosing between the two. She's not the only one who's waitin' on the line, she sings, handing her husband the phone. It's your call." Christopher John Farley of Time magazine wrote that the album ranged from being "relaxing" to "cathartic", and "these vocals from one of the best country singers linger in the mind". The album's preceding singles—"The Heart Won't Lie" (a duet with then-labelmate Vince Gill) and "Take It Back"—were Top 10 hits on the Billboard country chart, reaching No. 1 and No. 5 respectively. Like its preceding album, It's Your Call sold over a million copies, eventually certifying by the RIAA in sales of double-platinum.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    While on tour for her 1990 album, McEntire lost eight members of her band; (Chris Austin, Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kaye Evans, Jim Hammon, Terry Jackson, Anthony Saputo, and Michael Thomas), plus pilot Donald Holmes and co-pilot Chris Hollinger, when their charter jet plane crashed near San Diego, California, in the early morning of March 16, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The accident occurred after McEntire's private performance for IBM executives the night before. The first plane was a Hawker Siddeley DH-125-1A/522 charter jet, believed to have taken off around 1:45 AM from the Brown Field Municipal Airport, located near the border of Mexico. After reaching an altitude of about 3,572 feet (1,089 m) above sea level, the aircraft crashed on the side of Otay Mountain, located ten miles east of the airport, while the second plane (carrying her other band members) did not crash. The accident was believed to have occurred due to poor visibility near the mountain, which was not considered "prohibitive" for flying. The news was reported nearly immediately to McEntire and her husband, who were sleeping at a nearby hotel. A spokeswoman for McEntire at the time stated in the Los Angeles Times that "she was very close to all of them. Some of them had been with her for years. Reba is totally devastated by this. It's like losing part of your family. Right now she just wants to get back to Nashville."
    From her second marriage, McEntire inherited three stepchildren - Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon - and then gave birth to a son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock, in February 1990.
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    Sixteen months after the release of Sweet Sixteen and after giving birth to her son, McEntire transitioned into 1990 with the release of Rumor Has It.
    More Details Hide Details The album's "sound and production were almost entirely pop-oriented", according to Kurt Wolff of Country Music: The Rough Guide. Although Rumor Has It was an attempt to receive critical praise, many reviewers found the album to be "predictable". Stereo Review mainly found the recording displeasing in some places, but the reviewer also believed she "still leaves most of the competition in the dust", calling the album "glorious". Rumor Has It eventually sold three million copies by 1999, certifying triple-platinum by that year. It was prefaced by the single "You Lie", which became her fifteenth number-one single on the country chart. In addition, the album's cover of Bobbie Gentry's 1969 hit "Fancy" and a new track, "Fallin' Out of Love", became Top 10 hits on the same Billboard country chart.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    After the divorce from Battles, McEntire's career started to gain significant and sustained momentum. In 1989, McEntire married her manager and former steel guitar player, Narvel Blackstock.
    More Details Hide Details The couple wed in a private ceremony on a boat in Lake Tahoe. Together, the pair took over all aspects of McEntire's career, forming Starstruck Entertainment, which was originally designed to help manage her career.
    McEntire's fourteenth studio album, Sweet Sixteen, was released in May 1989; it spent sixteen weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while also becoming her first album to peak in the top 100 on the Billboard 200, reaching No. 78.
    More Details Hide Details The album was given positive reviews because unlike her previous studio album, the release, "welcomes the fiddles and steel guitars back as she returns to the neo-traditionalist fold", according to Allmusic, which gave the release four-and-a-half out of five stars. Reviewer William Ruhlmann found Sweet Sixteen to "double back to a formula that worked for her in the past". The lead single was a cover of The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown", with McEntire's version reaching No. 1 in July on the Billboard country music chart. Three more Top 10 hits followed from Sweet Sixteen: "Till Love Comes Again", "Little Girl", and "Walk On", at No. 4, 7 and 2, respectively. In September she released Reba Live, her first live album, which originally certified gold but certified platinum ten years later.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    Also in 1988, McEntire founded Starstruck Entertainment, which controlled her management, booking, publishing, promotion, publicity, accounting, ticket sales, and fan club administration.
    More Details Hide Details The company would eventually expand into managing a horse farm, jet charter service, trucking, construction, and book publishing.
    Her thirteenth album, Reba, was issued in 1988 and was not well received by critics, who claimed she was moving farther away from her "traditional country" sound.
    More Details Hide Details Stereo Review disliked the album's contemporary style, stating, "After years of insisting that she'd stick to hard-core country 'because I have tried the contemporary-type songs, and it's not Reba McEntire—it's just not honest,' McEntirehas gone whole-hog pop. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and remained there for six consecutive weeks. Okay, so maybe that's not so terrible." Although it was reviewed poorly, the album itself was certified platinum in sales and produced two number-one singles: "I Know How He Feels" and "New Fool at an Old Game". In addition, the release's cover version of Jo Stafford's "A Sunday Kind of Love" became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard country music chart.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    In 1987, McEntire divorced Battles and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details She later commented to Bob Allen of Country Music about their separation, saying, "I had to pack everything in one day and leave. I was totally starting over." McEntire later claimed that she wanted to focus more on her music career, while Battles felt she had peaked and insisted that she remain at home, helping to take care of the ranch and quit her music career. McEntire stated, "I wasn't the little girl anymore, taking orders, and doing what he said. I knew my career had not peaked and I wasn't going to walk away from it when I was rolling in awards, charting number one hits, and touring and selling out concerts. I had worked so hard to get my career to that level of success and I meant I wasn't giving it up yet. A lot of people said I put my career before my marriage, and maybe I did, I don't know. But we had grown apart so much on a personal level and wanted two different things out of life. There were personal issues other than my career coming between us and when you can't respect somebody anymore, you can't have a marriage, so I walked away." Battles had a major stroke in 2006 and became totally disabled as a result. He died on April 21, 2013.
    In late 1987, McEntire released her first Christmas collection, Merry Christmas to You, which sold two million copies in the United States, certifying double Platinum.
    More Details Hide Details The album included cover versions of "Away in a Manger", "Silent Night", and Grandpa Jones's "The Christmas Guest".
  • 1986
    Age 30
    McEntire released a second album in 1986 (her tenth overall), What Am I Gonna Do About You.
    More Details Hide Details Allmusic critic William Ruhlmann was not overly pleased with album's production, saying that it lacked the features that had been set forth on Whoever's in New England. Rulhlmann criticized the title track for "something of the feel of 'Whoever's in New England' in its portrayal of a woman trying to recover from a painfully ended love affair". The title track was the lead single from the release and became a number-one single shortly after its release. This album also spawned a second number-one in "One Promise Too Late". The following year, her first MCA compilation, Greatest Hits was released and became her first album to be certified platinum in sales, eventually certifying triple-platinum. A twelfth studio album, The Last One to Know, was released in 1987. The emotions of her divorce from husband, Charlie Battles, were put into the album's material, according to McEntire. The title track from the release was a number-one single in 1987 and the second single, "Love Will Find Its Way to You", also reached the top spot.
    In February 1986, McEntire's ninth studio album, Whoever's in New England was released.
    More Details Hide Details For this album, McEntire and co-producer Jimmy Bowen incorporated her traditional music style into a mainstream sound that was entirely different from anything she had previously recorded. Country Music: The Rough Guide called the production of the title track, "bigger and sentimentalism more obvious, even manipulative". The title track peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance the following year. In addition, the album became McEntire's first release to certify gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (and was later certified Platinum). At the end of the year, McEntire won Entertainer of the Year from the Country Music Association, the highest honor in the awards show.
    On January 17, 1986, McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been a member ever since.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 29
    In 1985, McEntire released her third MCA album, Have I Got a Deal for You, which followed the same traditional format as My Kind of Country.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first album produced by McEntire and was co-produced with Jimmy Bowen. Like her previous release, the album received positive feedback, including Rolling Stone, which called it a "promising debut". The album's second single, "Only in My Mind" was entirely written by McEntire and reached No. 5 on the Billboard country chart.
  • 1984
    Age 28
    McEntire signed with MCA Nashville Records in 1984 and released her seventh studio album, Just a Little Love.
    More Details Hide Details Harold Shedd was originally the album's producer; however, McEntire rejected his suggestions towards country pop arrangements. It was instead produced by Norro Wilson, although the album still had a distinguishable country pop sound. Dissatisfied with the album's sound, she went to MCA president, Jimmy Bowen, who told McEntire to find material that was best-suited to her liking. Instead of finding new material, she found previously recorded country hits from her own record collection, which was then recorded for the album. The album's material included songs originally released as singles by Ray Price ("Don't You Believe Her", "I Want to Hear It from You"), Carl Smith ("Before I Met You"), Faron Young ("He's Only Everything") and Connie Smith ("You've Got Me Where You Want Me"). The album spawned two number-one singles: "How Blue" and "Somebody Should Leave". It was given positive reviews from critics, with Billboard praising McEntire as "the finest woman country singer since Kitty Wells" and Rolling Stone critics honoring her as one of their Top 5 favorite country artists. Upon its release, My Kind of Country became her highest-peaking album on the Top Country Albums chart, reaching No. 13. The album also included instruments such as a fiddle and pedal steel guitar, and was aimed more towards a traditional country sound. McEntire was later praised as a "new traditionalist", along with Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, and Randy Travis.
  • 1983
    Age 27
    In 1983, McEntire announced her departure from Mercury, criticizing the label's country pop production styles.
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  • 1982
    Age 26
    Her fifth album, Unlimited was issued in June 1982, and spawned her first Billboard number one single in early 1983: "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving".
    More Details Hide Details The following year her sixth album, Behind the Scene was released and was positively received by music critics.
  • 1981
    Age 25
    In September 1981, McEntire's fourth album, Heart to Heart was issued and became her first album to chart the Billboard Top Country Albums list, peaking at No. 2.
    More Details Hide Details Its lead single, "Today All Over Again" became a top five country hit. The album received mainly negative reviews from critics. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic gave it two-and-a-half out of five stars, stating she did not get creative control of her music. Ruhlmann called "There Ain't No Love" "essentially a soft pop ballad". Most of the album's material consisted of mainly country pop-styled ballads, which was not well liked by McEntire herself.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    In 1980, "You Lift Me Up (To Heaven)" brought her to the Top 10 for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details Her third studio album, Feel the Fire was released in October and spawned two additional Top 20 hit singles that year.
  • 1979
    Age 23
    The album's cover of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" became McEntire's first Top 20 hit, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard country chart in November 1979.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    When Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut on September 17, 1977, she almost did not make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night's list of performers.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents and older sister, Alice, drove 1,400 miles round trip from their Oklahoma home to see what turned out to be Reba's three-minute performance that night. Her act was cut from two songs to just one—"Invitation to the Blues"—because of a surprise appearance from Dolly Parton. McEntire was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1986. "The Grand Ole Opry is a home," she says. "It's a family. It's like a family reunion, when you come back and get to see everybody." During the late 1980s, many of McEntire's music videos were being described as "mini movies". In each video, she would portray a different character, which distinguished her music videos from other videos released by artists during that time. In the late 1980s, McEntire became interested in an acting career, eventually hiring an agent. In 1989, she co-hosted Good Morning America on ABC.
    She completed her second recording session September 16, which included the production of her second single, "(There's Nothing Like The Love) Between a Woman and Man", which reached only number 86 in March 1977.
    More Details Hide Details She recorded a third single that April, "Glad I Waited Just for You", which reached number 88 by August. That same month, Mercury issued her self-titled debut album. The album was a departure from any of McEntire's future releases, as it resembled the material of Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, according to AllMusic reviewer Greg Adams. The album itself did not chart the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its release. After releasing two singles with Jacky Ward ("Three Sheets in the Wind" b/w "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"; and "That Makes Two of Us" at No. 20 and No. 26, respectively), Mercury issued her second studio album in 1979, Out of a Dream.
  • 1976
    Age 20
    In 1976, McEntire married national steer wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles who was ten years older than her and had two teenage sons, Lance and Coty.
    More Details Hide Details Together, the couple owned a ranch in Oklahoma and Battles also managed her career.
    McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury on January 22, 1976, when she released her debut single.
    More Details Hide Details Upon its release that year, "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand" failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at number 88 in May.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 19
    After recording a demo tape, she signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 18
    In 1974, McEntire attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University planning to be an elementary school teacher (eventually graduating December 16, 1976).
    More Details Hide Details While not attending school, she also continued to sing locally. That same year she was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Country artist Red Steagall, who was also performing that day, was impressed by her vocal ability and agreed to help her launch a country-music career in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Jacqueline (née Smith; born November 7, 1926) and Clark Vincent McEntire (November 30, 1927 – October 23, 2014).
    More Details Hide Details She was named for her maternal grandmother Reba Estelle Brassfield Smith (October 6, 1903 – May 12, 1970). Reba Smith was the daughter of Byron Williams "B.W." Brasfield (May 13, 1874 – September 12, 1906) and Susie Elizabeth Raper Brasfield (February 2, 1871 – April 18, 1935). Her father and grandfather, John Wesley McEntire (February 19, 1897 – February 13, 1976), were both champion steer ropers and her father was a World Champion Steer Roper three times (1957, 1958, and 1961). John McEntire was the son of Clark Stephen McEntire (September 10, 1855 – August 15, 1935) and Helen Florida Brown McEntire (May 19, 1868 – May 16, 1947). Her mother had once wanted to be a country-music artist but eventually decided to become a schoolteacher, but she did teach her children how to sing. Young Reba also taught herself how to play the guitar. On car rides home from their father's rodeo shows, the McEntire siblings learned songs and harmonies from their mother, eventually forming a vocal group called the "Singing McEntires" with her brother, Pake, and her younger sister Susie (her older sister Alice did not participate). Reba played guitar in the group and wrote all the songs. The group sang at rodeos and recorded "The Ballad of John McEntire" together. Released on the indie label Boss, the song pressed one thousand copies.
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