Reba McEntire

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Net worth- $65 Million

Profession- Singer, songwriter, actress, television and record producer

Nationality- American

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The famous singer and actress Reba McEntire was born as Reba Nell McEntire on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma, U.S. to the proud parents Jacqueline (née Smith) and Clark Vincent McEntire. she is also known as Reba. McEntire, reportedly, tops annual list of highest-paid singers. Reba’s work fetched her a few nicknames. They are The Queen of Country Music, Big Red and Country Music’s Queen!

Childhood

Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire named their daughter Reba after her maternal grandmother, Reba Brassfield. Reba’s father got the talent to play steer ropers in his ancestry (from his father). Both her father and grandfather (John Wesely) were the champion Steer ropers. Her father was a World Champion Steer Roper three times (1957, 1958, and 1961). Reba’s mother wanted to be a country singer but she could not accomplish her dream and decided to be a school teacher. But Reba’s mother lives her dream by teaching the students the art of singing. At an early age Reba taught herself to play guitar and completed her high school from Kiowa High School. Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire, gave birth to four children. They were Alice, Reba, Pake and Susie. Her parents taught their children songs and their own harmonies. Eventually, all their children except Alice formed a group called “Singing McEntires”. In this group, Reba used to write all songs and played the guitar too. The vocal group used to sing at rodeos and recorded “The Ballad of John McEntire”. She graduated in 1976 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  In 1974, McEntire performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. The same year she signed a contract with Mercury Records.

Genres- Country

Music career

As Reba signed a deal with Mercury Records in 1974, she made her first debut by singing “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand” for Mercury in 1976. However, her first single didn’t get much success. In September 1976 she released her second single, “(There’s Nothing Like The Love) Between a Woman and Man” which again became a moderate seller reaching 86 position on the board. Then she recorded her third album titled “Glad I Waited Just for You” in April 1977 which was positioned on #88. The same year, Mercury released her self-titled debut album which again didn’t experience fame. After that, Reba recorded 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”. After recording with Ward, the company Mercury released her second album Out of a Dream in 1979. McEntire’s first album entering into Top 20’s list was Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams”. Then in year 1980, Reba’s next release made into Top 10 list, which was “You Lift Me Up (To Heaven)”. Her third studio album Feel the Fire was released that same year in October. In 1981, her fourth studio album was released named Heart to Heart. This was her first studio album that reached to 42 position on the the Billboard Top Country Albums list. “Today All Over Again”, her lead single then became popular and became a top five country hit. After this her fifth album got released, Unlimited in 1982 and “Can’t Even Get the Blues” and “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving” in 1983. In next year Behind the Scene, her sixth album was released. But in year 1983, McEntire got separated with Mercury Records.

Instruments- Vocals and Acoustic guitar

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She then joined hands with MCA Nashville Records and in 1984 she released her seventh album titled Just a Little Love. After this she recorded My Kind of Country, highest-peaking album on the Top Country Albums chart. Her third MCA album is Have I Got a Deal for You, the first album produced by Reba herself in 1985. Her success got upgraded day by day. In 1986, McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville, Tennessee. Her ninth studio album Whoever’s in New England was then released in 1986. She then released a number of albums such as What Am I Gonna Do About You (1986), The Last One to Know (1987), Reba (1988), Sweet Sixteen (1989), Rumor Has It (1990), For My Broken Heart (1991), It’s Your Call (1992), Read My Mind (1994), Starting Over (1995), What If It’s You (1996), If You See Him (1998), So Good Together (1999), Room to Breathe (2003), Reba: Duets (2007), Keep On Loving You (2009) and All the Women I Am (2010). Besides these she also released two Christmas albums- Merry Christmas to You (1987) and The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection in 1999.

Acting Career

Apart from a prolific singer, Reba developed her interest in acting from the year 1980. Eventually, in the year 1989, she co-hosted  a show on ABC network -Good Morning America. In 1990 McEntire made her first debut in movie with the Tremors, horror comedy film. She also appeared in various movies such as Maverick (1994), North (1994), The Little Rascals (1994), One Night at McCool’s (2001), Tha Fox and the Hound 2(2006) and Charlotte’s Web (2006). In addition to movies, she was also starred in many television dramas. The list goes as The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991), The Man From Left Field (1993), Frasier (1994), Is There Life Out There (1994), Buffalo Girls (1995), Forever Love (1998), Hercules (1998), Secret of Giving (1999), Reba (2001-2007), Better With You (2010), Working Class (2011), Malibu Country (2012-2013), Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas(2012)and Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale in 2013.

Personal life

Except Reba’s older sister Alice, all her siblings including her started their career in singing. Along with Reba, his brother and younger sister also became singers. Her brother Pake McEntire, was a successful country artist from 1980-1990 and her sister Susie Luchsinger, is a successful Christian music singer. In the year 1976, Reba McEntire tied a knot with national steer wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles. The couple got separated in 1987 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After her divorce, she again got married in 1989 to Narvel Blackstock, her manager and former steel guitar player. McEntire did not have any child with his former husband. His latter husband has three children with his previous wife. However, McEntire and Narvel together have one son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock.

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Awards

The Queen of Country Music has won several awards. She made the record by winning the Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist Awards and American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist for seven and twelve times respectively. McEntire is even the first person to receive the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award four times consecutively. Reba in 2000 was Named the #2 Best-selling Female Artist (of all genres) of All Time and the #1 Best-selling Female Country Singer of All Time. Also, she has received two Grammy Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards (for singing and acting), seven CMA (Country Music Association) Awards, two Country Radio Awards, 11 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, 14 American Music Awards, five TNN/Music City News Awards, three International Awards and the 2001 Drama Desk Award for “Annie Get Your Gun”.

Assets owned by her

  • Reba McEntire’s Beverly Hills home.

Reba and Narvel, spends most of their time at their massive Beverly Hills home, which they purchased in January of 2003. The house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms. It is spreaded in 9,242 square feet area. It has a worth of $10 million.

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  • Reba McEntire’s Lebanon, Tennessee home

It is situated on the Cumberland River and the home has a current value of just under $2 million. The Lebanon house has a tennis court and a swimming pool too.

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Citations

  • For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.”
  • “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
  • “It’s very important to surround yourself with people you can learn from.”
  • “When you’re a very ambitious person, the things that are disappointing are when other people around you aren’t as enthusiastic.”
  • “Finding a good bus driver can be as important as finding a good musician.”
  • “I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family.”
  • “Being a strong woman is very important to me. But doing it all on my own is not.”
  • “My goals have changed throughout my life. At one time it was winning awards, selling out concert dates, selling more albums than anyone else. Now, my goals are to see my grandchildren grown, live a long and healthy life with my family and friends and travel the world.”
  • “Growing up is not being so dead-set on making everybody happy.”
  • “I use all my skills that I can muster up, but the fun thing is that I find some untapped skills every once in a while. I get that from my daddy.”

 

 

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