Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire


Background:

Country singer/actress Reba McEntire soared to unforeseen heights after her solo
single “Three Sheets in the Wind (I’d Really Love to See You Tonight)” (1978)
became a Top 20 hit. From that moment on, she has reaped numerous awards,
including two Grammy Awards, one for her titular track in the album Whoever’s in
New England (1986) and one for her duet with Linda Davis in the song “Does He
Love You” (1993). Additionally, she harvested 7 Country Music Association
Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 American Music Awards, and many
more.

Aside from her cemented status as the “Queen of Country Music,” McEntire also
has a rewarding acting career. The performer took home a People’s Choice Award
for her clever performance as the titular single mom in the sitcom “Reba”
(series began in 2001, also served as the co-executive producer). Also, her
stage debut in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001) garnered a
Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award.

McEntire also ran Starstruck Entertainment, a promotion, management,
construction, trucking, travel and publishing company, with her second husband.
The multi-talented artist was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame
at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma (1995) and received
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1998).

On a more private note, McEntire has been married twice. She was married to
Charlie Battles (1976-1987) before exchanging wedding vows with Narvel
Blackstock, in 1989. She and Blackstock have a son named Shelby Blackstock.


The Singing Quartet

Childhood and Family:

Born on March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, Reba Nell McEntire is a daughter
of Clark McEntire (rancher and professional rodeo rider) and Jackie McEntire. As
a child, she grew up learning to ride in rodeos and play music.

Reba, who in 1976 graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a
degree in Elementary Student Education and Music, worked on the WPRA rodeo
circuit as a quarter-horse barrel racer. She also formed a vocal group with her
three siblings, sisters Alice and Susie, and brother Pake, billed as The Singing
McEntires. They planned to go pro, but Reba eventually landed a solo career
after her singing at an event caught the attention of a songwriter.

While still struggling as a solo singer, Reba married Charlie Battles (pro steer
wrestler and bulldogger, later became Reba’s manager) in 1976. However, in 1987,
they divorced. Two years later, she married Narvel Blackstock (musician), who
joined her band and became her next manager. From her second marriage, Reba has
a son named Shelby Blackstock (born 1990).


Can’t Even Get the Blues

Career:

In 1971, Reba McEntire and The Singing McEntires created a local hit titled “The
Ballad of John McEntire,” which was dedicated to their grandfather. Three years
later, she performed at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City by singing
the national anthem. Songwriter Red Steagall heard Reba sing and helped her sign
with Mercury Records in 1975. Releasing an eponymous debut album (1977),
McEntire initially did not seem to win the hearts of listeners.

However, the singer made it to the charts with the Top 20, double sided single
“Three Sheets in the Wind (I’d Really Love to See You Tonight)” (1978). McEntire
marched on with the albums Out of a Dream (1979), Feel the Fire (1980, generated
the Top 10 hit “You Lift Me Up to Heaven”), Heart to Heart (1981) and Unlimited
(1982, spawned her first No.1 song, “Can’t Even Get the Blues”). In 1982, the
singer made her first appearance in a TV movie, Country Gold, as herself.

Behind the Scene (1983) was her last album with Mercury Records. With the new
label, MCA Records, McEntire released Just A Little Love (1984), whose title
single burst onto the Top 5 Billboard country charts. The second single, “He
Broke Your Memory Last Night,” perched on the 15th spot on the Billboard country
charts. Next, McEntire solidified her rising status in the country music
industry with the albums My Kind of Country (1984) and Have I Got a Deal for You
(1985).

During this time, the performer was named a Country Music Association’s
Entertainer of the Year and became a four-time Country Music Association’s
Female Vocalist of the Year, a three-time Academy of Country Music Top Female
Vocalist, and a three-time Music City News Female Artist of the Year. Following
the album Have I Got a Deal for You (1985), McEntire’s fame rose even higher
with Whoever’s in New England (1986). Its title track ruled the charts and won
the singer a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance. The single “Little Rock”
was another chart-topping track from the hit album. Still in 1986, McEntire had
her first TV hosting duties for the 21st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

After working on What Am I Gonna Do About You (1986) and The Last One to Know
(1987), she released a first greatest hits compilation, Greatest Hits (1987) and
the holiday album Merry Christmas to You (1987). Next came the albums Reba
(1988), Sweet Sixteen (1989), Live (1989) and Rumor Has It (1990), all of which
produced chart-ruling songs. For her accomplishments, McEntire was handed
another Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist, and two more Music City
News Female Artist of the Year awards.

In 1990, the artist took a crack at acting with the supporting role of Heather
Gummer in the horror/comedy movie Tremors. She also went to the small screen to
play Burgundy Jones in the western movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the
Draw (1991), opposite Kenny Rogers.

McEntire released her second best hits collection, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, in
1993, after previously recording For My Broken Heart (1991) and It’s Your Call
(1992). Next, her collaboration with Linda Davis in the song “Does He Love You”
(1993) gave her a second Grammy, this time for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.

On screen, she costarred as Nancy Lee Prinzi, opposite Burt Reynolds, in the
comedy drama The Man from Left Field (1993, TV) before trying her hand at
producing, with the TV drama Is There Life Out There (1994, also starred as Lily
Marshall). A year later, she appeared as Annie Oakley in the western TV film
Buffalo Girls (1995). On the small screen, McEntire continued her producing
effort in the drama movies Forever Love (1998, also starred as Lizzie Brooks)
and Secret of Giving (1999, acted opposite Thomas Ian Griffith).

McEntire again scored success through her chart-breaking Read My Mind (1994),
Starting Over (1995), What If It’s You (1996), If You See Him (1998), The Secret
of Giving: A Christmas Collection (1999) and So Good Together (1999).
Furthermore, she was handed six People’s Choice awards (two for Favorite Female
Country Music Performer, and the rest for Favorite Female Musical Performer). In
1998, she was tied with Whitney Houston as the People’s Choice’s Favorite Female
Musical Performer.

Expanding her fame to TV viewers, McEntire starred as a single mom with three
kids in the hit sitcom “Reba” (2001-current, also serves as the co-executive
producer), where her witty portrayal brought her a People’s Choice for Favorite
Female Performer in a New Television Series. The singer also had a beautiful
stage debut as the title role in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun”
(2001) and took home a Drama Desk and an Outer Circle Critics award. As for her
musical career, McEntire released the album I’ll Be (2001) in the UK only,
before producing the third hit compilation Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I’m A Survivor
(2001).

Two years later, she hit the country music scene with Room to Breathe (2003),
which was ensued by Reba #1s (2005), a two-disc compilation featuring all her 22
No.1 singles and two new tracks “You’re Gonna Be” and “Love Needs A Holiday.” On
June 9, 2005, she was seen on the stage of “South Pacific” alongside Brian
Stokes Mitchell and Alec Baldwin.

McEntire is set to release a duets album in fall 2006. On the big screen, she
will lend her voice for Betsy the Cow in the family movie Charlotte’s Web
(2006).


Awards:

People’s Choice for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television
Series, “Reba,” 2002
Drama Desk: Special Award, “Annie Get Your Gun,” 2001
Outer Circle Critics, “Annie Get Your Gun,” 2001
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Musical Performer, tied with Whitney
Houston, 1998
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Musical Performer, 1997
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Musical Performer, 1996
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Musical Performer, 1995
Grammy: Best Country Vocal Collaboration, “Does He Love You,” shared
with Linda Davis, 1994
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Country Music Performer, 1993
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Musical Performer, 1993
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Country Music Performer, 1992
Music City News: Female Artist of the Year, 1992
Music City News: Female Artist of the Year, 1988
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 1988
Grammy: Best Country Vocal Performance, “Whoever’s in New England,” 1987
Music City News: Female Artist of the Year, 1987
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 1987
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1987
Music City News: Female Artist of the Year, 1986
Country Music Association: Entertainer of the Year, 1986
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 1986
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1986
Music City News: Female Artist of the Year, 1985
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 1985
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1985
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1984
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