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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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On Jan. 19, 1990, Reba McEntire made her film debut, appearing in the movie 'Tremors' opposite Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward.

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30 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Joins the Grand Ole Opry

On Jan. 17, 1986, Reba McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, as part of a televised special for the Opry's 60th anniversary.

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33 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Earns Her First No. 1 Hit

Thirty-three years ago today, on Jan. 8, 1983, Reba McEntire earned her first No. 1 hit with "Can't Even Get the Blues." The song, McEntire's 14th single, was from her fifth studio album, Unlimited, which was released on Mercury Records.

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Reba McEntire Says Divorce From Narvel Blackstock Has Been Finalized

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40 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Signs Her First Recording Contract

Forty years ago today, on Nov. 11, 1975, Reba McEntire's career as a country music singer officially began. It was on this day the then-20-year-old signed her first recording contract, with Mercury Records.

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