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Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire credits her love of singing to her mother Jacqueline, who taught the future country star and her siblings to sing harmony together. As children, McEntire and two of her three siblings formed the Singing McEntires; they sang at rodeos and even released a song, “The Ballad of John McEntire,” on an indie label. A champion barrel racer at rodeos — her father Clark was a world champion steer roper — McEntire attended college for elementary education and may have become a teacher, if not for a chance encounter with country artist Red Steagall, who heard her sing the National Anthem at a rodeo and encouraged her to move to Nashville and pursue a career in country music instead. McEntire’s self-titled debut album was released on Mercury Records in 1977, but it wasn’t until her fourth single, “Sweet Dreams,” from her sophomore ‘Out of a Dream’ album, that McEntire entered the Top 20. She has released more than 40 albums and had 25 No. 1 songs; she’s also the only country female solo act to have a No. 1 hit in four straight decades. In 2014, McEntire was the first artist signed to the brand-new Nash Icon label. McEntire is also a seasoned actress: She starred in her own WB sitcom, ‘Reba,’ in the 2000s, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and she appeared on Broadway in ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ as Annie Oakley, in 2001, among other projects.

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Oh, How They’ve Changed! See Pictures of Your Favorite Country Artists Then and Now

Through the years, there's been a major evolution in the style of country music, both in terms of fashion and in terms of the music. Cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats will always be red carpet staples, and steel guitars and banjos will always be en vogue, but the days of huge hair, rhinestone suits and super-traditional sounds seem to be gone.

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Reba McEntire Lends Her Voice to New ‘Land Before Time’ Movie

Country music fans going to see the next The Land Before Time movie may recognize one of the characters' voices: Reba McEntire has recorded a role for the new film.

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Country Stars’ First Tweets

Almost everyone has a Twitter account these days. The social media site is such a mainstay on the internet that it seems like it's been around forever. But there was a time -- not too long ago, in fact -- when Twitter was just starting out, and thanks to the platform's #FirstTweet tool, it's easy to look back in time to see the first-ever tweets from, well, whoever you want.

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Reba McEntire on What Comes After Divorce: ‘God Hasn’t Told Me Yet’

Reba McEntire surprised her fans on Monday (Aug. 3) by announcing her separation from her husband, Narvel Blackstock, and just a few days later, she says that she is looking forward to "the unknown."

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11 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Reaches No. 1 With ‘Somebody’

Eleven years ago today, on Aug. 7, 2004, Reba McEntire soared to the top of the charts with the song "Somebody," from her platinum-selling Room to Breathe album.

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Reba McEntire Announces ‘Until They Don’t Love You’ as Her New Single [LISTEN]

Reba McEntire has selected "Until They Don't Love You" as her second single from Love Somebody.

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A Timeline of Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock’s Relationship

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock tied the knot on a boat in Lake Tahoe in 1989, but their professional partnership began nine years prior, when Blackstock joined McEntire's band. Before the couple announced their separation on Aug. 3, 2015, they had been married for 26 years and working together for 35.

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11 Surprising and Sad Country Star Splits

Within two weeks of each other, two beloved country couples have announced that they're splitting up: On July 20, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert revealed that their divorce had been finalized, and on Aug. 3, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock shared that they've been separated for the last few months.

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Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock Are Separating

After 26 years of marriage, Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock have announced their separation.

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26 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Hits No. 1 With ‘Cathy’s Clown’

Twenty-six years ago today (July 29, 1989) was a day of celebration for Reba McEntire. It was on this day that her single "Cathy's Clown" soared to the top of the charts.

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