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Reba McEntire

Country Artist and Actress

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A Quick Tip by djevoke

  • Dec 17, 2010
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I love Reba! She's always been true to herself and was one of the first country artists that brought me to Country Music. I love how she mixes it up with different genres but, always stays true to her country roots.
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Quick Tip by . December 13, 2010
Reba's older music was classic country. Her newer sound leans heavily to soul and r&b at times. Luckily she knows where she came from and is still as country as can be.
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Nothing about Reba McEntire's entry into country music in 1976 foreshadowed the enormous achievements she would make as an entertainer and businesswoman. From the mid-1980s until the late 1990s, she was clearly the dominant female presence in the country format. By the time she fell victim to changing musical tastes, she had already extended her talents to acting.

Born Reba Nell McEntire on March 28, 1955, in Chockie, Okla., the singer grew up on a large cattle ranch. Her father was also a champion calf roper, an activity that routinely took the McEntire family on far-flung rodeo tours. Her mother was a singer and teacher. While Reba showed an early love and talent for music, she was not alone in this interest. Both her brother, Dale (nicknamed Pake), and sister, Susie, were singers as well, and each would go on to be solo artists. While still at home, though, they performed together as the singing McEntires.

Red Steagall, then a recording artist for Capitol Records, heard her singing the national anthem at the National Rodeo finals in 1974 and was so impressed that he offered to back a recording session for her in Nashville. This led to her signing with Mercury Records in 1975. The following year, she married rodeo rider Charlie Battles. That union would last until their divorce in 1987. (At about the same time she was getting into the music business, McEntire completed her degree in education.)

On May 8, 1976, McEntire made her debut on Billboard's country ...

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