Reba Nell McEntire on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma, the
country music entertainment powerhouse continues to ride high
on her reputation as "The Queen of Country" and after
three decades remains among the most popular and revered stars
in American country music.
near Chockie, Oklahoma, she often traveled with her brothers and
sisters to rodeos in which her father competed. She later kicked
off her early career by singing the U.S. national anthem at the
National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City in 1974.
she was encouraged to travel to Nashville to pursue a professional
singing career, and later signed with Mercury Records which released
her first self-titled album in 1976. Her second album, released
in 1978, proved a bigger success spinning off five Top 40 hits
including her own version of "Sweet Dreams" by country
music legend Patsy Cline.
Rise to Superstardom
80's saw her slowly moving up the charts when, in 1983, McEntire
had No. 1 chartbusters with "Can't Even Get the Blues"
and "You're the First Time I've Thought about Leaving"
from her fifth album, "Unlimited". The aptly-named collection
predicted her meteoric rise throughout the rest of the decade,
scoring such hits as "How Blue," and "Somebody
Should Leave" from her first gold album, My Kind of Country.
By now firmly
on the country music map, Reba McEntire was awarded accolades
by the Country
Music Association which named her Female Vocalist of the Year
in 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987 - the only woman ever to win the
award four consecutive times.
In 1986, McEntire
also received her first Grammy
Award for her first No. 1 album, "Whoever's in New England".
A string of
No. 1 hits followed throughout the 80's and 90's including the
popular duets "If You See Him," and "If You See
Him/If You See Her."with Brooks
& Dunn as well as her most successful hit ever, "Fancy",
which is now considered among the greatest country hits of all
same time, McEntire was also breaking records for the highest
grossing tour dates; wrote a bestselling autobiography ("Reba:
My Story"); and turned her talents to acting. Her first memorable movie role came in the sci-fi comedy Tremors (1990) as an elephant-gun toting monster slayer. She also went on to star
in a TV movie based on her hit song "Is There Life Out There?" (1994).
Her hit TV series, Reba, also later went on to air for six successful
seasons (2001- 2007) earning McEntire more accolades at the People's
Choice Awards and Golden
In addition to her singing career, McEntire has starred in the Hollywood sci-fi hit, "Tremors"; in the TV movie
"Is There Life Out There?"; in the hit TV sitcom "Reba"; and was the toast of Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun".
musical acting triumph came in 2001, however, when she stormed
Broadway as a replacement star in a revival of "Annie Get Your
Gun". Although the role of Annie Oakley was originated by theater
star Bernadette Peters, the authentic Oklahoman with the singing
and acting chops revitalized the production, which became a sellout
throughout McEntire's 4-month run.
Still at the
top of her game, Reba McEntire released "Key to the Heart"
in 2007 which debuted at No. 1 on both the country and pop album
charts. She followed that with "Duets",
in which she teamed up to perform with such stars as Justin
Hill and Carole King.
Her twenty-sixth studio album, "Keep on Loving You" was released in 2009, and became McEntire's first solo studio album in six years and broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard number one albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn.
McEntire's thirty-fourth studio album, "All the Women I Am", was released in 2010 and spun off such single hits as "Turn On the Radio", a cover of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy", "When Love Gets a Hold of You" and "Somebody's Chelsea".
The following year, 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. She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.
"Love Somebody", McEntire's twenty-seventh studio album, was released on April 14, 2015.
McEntire divorced from Charlie Battles, her husband of 11 years,
and a year later married her manager, Narvel Blackstock in 1989.
Together they have one son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock,
born in 1990.
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