19 Fabulous Secrets About Reba McEntire

1. Spouse(s) Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress.

2. 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.

3. 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 who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee.

4. She signed a contract with Mercury Records a year later in 1975.

5. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983.

6. Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave”.

7. The album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s.

8. McEntire has since released 26 studio albums, acquired 40 number one singles, 14 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.

9. She has sometimes been referred to as “The Queen of Country”.

10. In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors.

11. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and in her television sitcom, Reba (2001 07) for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.

12. Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Jacqueline (ne Smith; born November 7, 1926) and Clark Vincent McEntire (November 30, 1927 October 23, 2014 Smith (October 6, 1903 May 12, 1970).

13. Reba Smith was the daughter of Byron Williams “B.W.” Brasfield (May 13, 1874 – September 12, 1906) and Susie Elizabeth 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).

14. John McEntire was the son of Clark Stephen McEntire (September 10, 1855 – August 15, 1935) and Helen Florida McEntire (May 19, 1868 – May 16, 1947).

15. 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.

16. 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).

17. Reba played guitar in the group and wrote all the songs.

18. The group sang at rodeos and recorded “The Ballad of John McEntire” together.

19. Released on the indie label Boss, the song pressed one thousand copies.).

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