Singers » Country Singers » REBA MCENTIRE
|Full name||: Reba McEntire|
|Alias||: Reba McEntire|
|Address||: Kiowa, Oklahoma, U.S|
|Animals||: The Sheep|
|Father||: Clark Vincent McEntire|
|Mother||: Jacqueline McEntire|
|Siblings||: Pake, Susie|
|Wife||: Narvel Blackstock (m. 1989), Charlie Battles (m. 1976–1987)|
|Children||: Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock|
|Activists||: Country Singers|
Reba Nell McEntire is a country music singer who has won numerous awards and accolades, thanks to her golden voice and immense talent. Born to a music loving mother, Reba was taught music and singing from a young age. Naturally inclined towards music the young girl taught herself to play the guitar. Along with her siblings, she formed a vocal group called the ‘Singing McEntires’ which sang at rodeos. Her life took a turn for the better when her performance of the National Anthem at the National Rodeo got noticed by the country artist Red Steagall who helped her sign a contract with a major record label. Her initial years in the music industry were fraught with failures and success eluded her for a long time. Undaunted, the feisty singer worked on her voice and improved her style and brought out her album ‘My Kind of Country’ which set the road right for her singing career by spawning two No.1 singles ‘How Blue’ and ‘Somebody Should Leave’. The success of this album prompted her to release several more albums and singles which went on to become super hits and cemented her position as the reigning queen of country music. Eventually she made her foray into films with a role in the horror comedy ‘Tremors’; she also starred in several television movies.
She was once hired to sing the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City where the country singer Red Steagall was also present. Impressed by her vocal talents he helped her sign a contract with Mercury Records in 1975.
Her self-titled debut album ‘Reba McEntire’ was released in 1977. It however failed to chart and was not a success. She released several other albums over the next few years but none of them were successful.
It was not until 1984 that she finally found success with her eighth studio album, ‘My Kind of Country’. It featured the tracks ‘How Blue’ and ‘Somebody Should Leave’ which peaked at No.1 on the Country Singles chart.
In 1986, she brought out the album ‘Whoever’s in New England’ which rose to become her first No.1 album on the Billboard country charts. It was her first platinum certified album and made her into a musical superstar.
During the late 1980s she brought out three more highly popular albums that were accredited platinum: ‘The Last One to Know’ (1987), ‘Reba’ (1988), and ‘Sweet Sixteen’ (1989).
Her super hit album ‘It’s Your Call’ was out in 1992. It featured the song ‘The Heart Won’t Lie’ and a re-recording of the song ‘Baby’s Gone Blues’. The album peaked at No.1 on the country album chart.
In 1994, she brought out the album ‘Read My Mind’. She addressed the issue of AIDS in the lyrics of the song ‘She Thinks His Name Was John’. The album sold very well was rated multi-platinum.
Three of her albums were released during the 2000s—‘Room to Breathe’ (2003), ‘Reba: Duets’ (2007), and ‘Keep on Loving You’ (2009). Two of these albums were accredited platinum in the U.S.
She played the character of Reba Hart, a single mom, in the American sitcom ‘Reba’ which ran from 2001 to 2007. The show was extremely successful and was broadcast in over 30 countries worldwide.
She has also made minor appearances in several feature films and lent her voice to some movie characters.
Her portrayal of Reba Hart in the sitcom ‘Reba’ cemented her reputation as an actress in addition to being a singer. The highly popular show was aired in 30 countries all over the world and made Reba McEntire an international household name.
Her album ‘Read My Mind’ featured the first ever country song to address the topic of AIDS. The album peaked at No.1 on the Canadian Top Country Albums chart and was accredited multi-platinum.
She was born to Clark Vincent McEntire and Jacqueline. Her father, a steer roper had been a World Champion Steer Roper thrice. Her mother was a schoolteacher with a deep love for country music.
Reba and her siblings were taught music from a young age; she also learnt how to play the guitar. Along with her siblings she formed a music group the ‘Singing McEntires’ in which she played the guitar and penned the lyrics for the songs.
She attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University from 1974 till 1976. Her initial career plan was to become an elementary school teacher. She continued to sing locally in her leisure time.
She married national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles in 1976. The couple divorced in 1987.
Her second marriage was to the steel guitar player Narvel Blackstock in 1989. Her husband is also her manager. She has three step-children and one biological son.