Reba Nell McEntire, better known as Reba, was born on March 28, 1955. The country singer rose to popularity in the 1980s with a string of hits that were only the beginning of a long and fruitful career. McEntire is hailed as one of the music industry’s all-time greats. She expanded her resumé to include acting and starring in films alongside Kenny Rogers, Burt Reynolds, and Kevin Bacon after scoring several number-one singles. Her breakthrough role, however, was in the early 2000s sitcom, “Reba.” The show received critical acclaim, becoming one of the highest-rated television series for the network, WB. McEntire also released her own podcast, “Living & Learning with Reba McEntire,” proving yet again that she is a jack of all trades. We’ll help you celebrate her special day right here.
Reba McEntire’s reputation precedes her, having made a significant impact on the country music scene. The talented singer and actress has a laundry list of accolades credited to her name and several number-one hits. She was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Clark and Jacqueline McEntire. McEntire grew up on a ranch in Chockie, where, along with her three siblings, she tended to the farm before and after school. Reba’s mother, who encouraged all of her children to sing, had a big influence on her daughter’s musical leanings; Jacqueline herself had once dreamed of becoming a singer. The southern belle spent her childhood and adolescence honing her musical talents, having learned to play both the guitar and piano.
Her ambitions, however, were not limited to singing. McEntire first became interested in becoming a barrel racer, a type of rodeo competitor, and began training for it. Eventually, she veered toward music as she formed a band in high school with her siblings, called The Singing McEntires. While the sibling band didn’t make it very far, McEntire signed a contract with a country recording company, PolyGram/Mercury Records (1975), after catching the attention of a record label executive. While the first few years of her deep dive into country music did not result in immediate recognition, her career gained traction by the early 1980s, after she’d formed a band with her sister and brother.
She was unstoppable from then on, releasing hit after hit, with “You Lift Me Up” reaching the top ten on the country music charts. She released her album “Heart to Heart” a year later, in 1981, and it charted on the Billboard Country Albums chart. ” Can’t Even Get the Blues” (1982) and “You’re the First Time I Thought About Leaving” (1982) were among the top hits that followed. She won only one of her many awards in 1984: the CMA’s ‘Female Vocalist of the Year.’ After dominating the music industry, the icon tried her hand at acting, landing her first role alongside Kevin Bacon in the 1990s comedy-horror film “Tremors.”
Her breakout role, however, was the eponymous sitcom “Reba,” which aired in 2001, and received positive reviews. It went on for six seasons. McEntire, on the other hand, never gave up on music. In 2007, the country singer released “Reba Duets,” a crossover album featuring Leann Rimes, Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, and Justin Timberlake, among others. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 as well as the Top Country Albums chart, selling over 301,000 copies in its first week. She has received 15 American Music Awards and several Grammy nominations, among other honors. In 2011, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a ‘Modern Era Artist.’
The Southern belle then received the Horatio Alger Association award. As the country singer rose to fame, so did curiosity about her love life. She has been married and divorced twice, first to rodeo stud Charlie Battles (1976 to 1987), then married her manager (at the time) Narvel Blackstock (1989 to 2015). She has been happily dating actor and “Young Sheldon” co-star, Rex Linn since 2020. While the pair are rumored to have known each other for years, the romance was kindled during the pandemic with virtual coffee dates. In 2020, she decided to next conquer the world of podcasts and released “Living and Learning with Reba McEntire.”
She releases her first single, ‘I Don’t Want to Be a One-Night Stand’ which doesn’t do so well.
McEntire’s ‘I’d Love to See You Tonight’ featuring country artist, Jacky Ward, makes it to the top 20 hits on the Country Chart.
She releases her breakthrough album, “My Kind of Country,” which is well-received by critics.
She wins a Grammy for ‘Best Country Vocal Performance’ (female) for her album “Whoever’s in New England.”
Along with her partner and eventually husband, Narvel Blackstock, she launches her own entertainment company, Starstruck Entertainment.
She stars in the Broadway show, “Annie Get Your Gun,” which receives critical acclaim — she also stars in her own eponymous sitcom, “Reba.”
Dubbed “Living and Learning with Reba McEntire,” she launches her own podcast co-hosted with actress and comedian Melissa Peterman.
Why We Love Reba McEntire
This feels like cheating, but honestly, this is Reba we’re talking about. She deserves points just for being herself.
She is a philanthropist
Reba McEntire has been awarded the Minnie Pearl Award and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation Humanitarian Award. What a go-getter!
She’s got a sense of humor
Granted, it doesn’t always work in her favor. McEntire famously shared an anecdote about getting booed off stage for a joke she made.
5 Surprising Facts
She has a teaching degree
Having originally wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher, she studied elementary education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
She was cast in “Titanic”
While she had to eventually turn down the role because of her tours, she was initially offered the role of Molly Brown, in “Titanic.”
She’s a binge-watcher
Like most of us, she loves to binge-watch television on her days off.
Her pet peeve is rude people
She has admitted that one thing she can’t stand is rude people.
She loves cornbread
She has previously said that the one food she can eat every day is beans and cornbread.
Reba McEntire FAQs
What is Reba McEntire’s most famous song?
She has many, but ‘I’m a Survivor’ might be her most recognizable one, as it is the theme song for her eponymous series.
Is Reba McEntire rich?
According to Celebritynetworth.com, Reba’s net worth is $95 million. So, we’d say yes.
Who is Reba McEntire’s son?
She has one biological son, Shelby Blackstock.
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