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Reba McEntire

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Reba McEntire
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McEntire in 2019
Reba Nell McEntire

(1955-03-28) March 28, 1955 (age 66)
EducationSoutheastern Oklahoma State University
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • actress
  • businesswoman
Years active1975–present
  • Charlie Battles
    (m. 1976; div. 1987)
  • Narvel Blackstock
    (m. 1989; div. 2015)
Partner(s)Rex Linn
ChildrenShelby Blackstock
Musical career
  • Country
  • gospel
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Associated acts

Reba Nell McEntire, also known mononymously as Reba, (born March 28, 1955)[1][2] is an American actress, businesswoman and country music artist. She often is referred to as "the Queen of Country,"[3] having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.[4] Since the 1970s, McEntire has placed over 100 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 25 of which reached the number one spot.[5] She is also credited as an actress, having appeared in both films and television.[6] She starred in the television series Reba, which aired for six seasons. She also owns several businesses, including a clothing line.[7]

One of four children, McEntire was born and raised in the state of Oklahoma. In childhood and adolescence, her interests included barrel racing and sports. She also had a natural singing ability, which was encouraged by her mother. With her mother's help, she and her siblings formed the Singing McEntires, which played at local events and recorded for a small label. McEntire later enrolled at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and studied to become a public school teacher. She also continued to occasionally perform and was heard singing at a rodeo event by country performer Red Steagall. Drawn to her singing voice, Steagall helped McEntire secure a country music recording contract with PolyGram/Mercury Records in 1975.

Over the next several years, PolyGram/Mercury released a series of McEntire's albums and singles, which amounted to little success. In the early 1980s, McEntire's music gained more momentum through several top ten country songs, including "(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven", "I'm Not That Lonely Yet" and her first number one "Can't Even Get the Blues". Yet McEntire became increasingly unhappy with her career trajectory and signed with MCA Records in 1984. Her second MCA album titled My Kind of Country (1984) became her breakout release, spawning two number one Billboard country singles and pointed towards a more traditional musical style. Through the 1980s, McEntire released seven more studio albums and had ten more number one country hits. Her number one singles included "One Promise Too Late", "The Last One to Know" and the Grammy Award-winning "Whoever's in New England".

In 1991, McEntire lost eight of her band members in a plane crash in San Diego, California. The experience led to McEntire's critically acclaimed album For My Broken Heart, which is her highest-selling disc to date. She followed it with several commercially-successful albums during the 1990s, including Read My Mind (1994), What If It's You (1996) and If You See Him (1998). These albums featured the number one country singles "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "How Was I to Know" and a duet with Brooks and Dunn called "If You See Him/If You See Her". McEntire also began acting on film and television, beginning with 1990's Tremors. In 2001, she played the role of Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun. The same year, the WB channel launched the TV series Reba, which starred McEntire in the lead role. The show became successful and ran until 2007.

In 2004, McEntire returned to her country recording career with the top five Billboard album Room to Breathe. She followed the release with 2007's Reba: Duets, 2009's Keep On Loving You and 2011's All the Women I Am. Her 2000's albums spawned the number one singles "Somebody", "Consider Me Gone" and "Turn on the Radio". In 2012, McEntire briefly returned to television with the series Malibu Country and in 2018 portrayed the role of Colonel Sanders in television commercials for KFC. She has continued releasing new music, including Love Somebody (2015), Sing It Now (2017) and Revived Remixed Revisited (2021).

Early life[]

McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma in 1955[8] but was raised on a ranch in Chockie, Oklahoma.[9][10] She was the third of four children born to Clark and Jacqueline McEntire.[11] Her grandfather, John Wesley McEntire, was a world-champion steer roper in 1934, while her father held the same title three times (1957, 1958 and 1961).[12] Jacqueline McEntire had aspirations of becoming a country singer,[11] but instead became a public school teacher, librarian and secretary[13] While her mother was tender and loving, her father had trouble showing affection. "When we were growing up I used to regret that Daddy never told us that he loved us," she recalled in her autobiography.[14] The McEntire family owned a cattle ranch in Chockie. Each family member contributed to running the cattle operation. The McEntire children helped with ranch chores before and after school. This included castrating bulls and giving them worm medicine.[15]

The McEntire siblings also developed an interest in singing, which was encouraged by their mother. On car trips to their father's rodeo dates, Jacqueline McEntire taught her children to sing in harmony with one another.[16] Young Reba then started performing school, beginning in first grade when she sang "Away in a Manger" at an elementary school Christmas pageant. In fifth grade, she joined the 4-H club and won first place in the Junior Act Division for singing "My Sweet Little Alice Blue Gown". She also played basketball and ran track. For several summers, she attended a basketball camp.[17] She also learned piano[18] and guitar.[19] She also developed an interest in the rodeo and trained to become a barrel racer.[20]

McEntire in her 1974 college yearbook. She received a Bachelor's degree in elementary education before pursuing country music full-time.

By high school the McEntire siblings had been frequently performing. Together, they formed a trio which they called The Singing McEntires.[21] In 1971, the trio released a single about their famous grandfather called "The Ballad of John McEntire". It was pressed as a single by a local label and was issued in small numbers regionally.[16][8] The trio eventually included a backing band which performed at local functions. The group was later named The Kiowa High School Cowboy Band. They also had paying gigs at bars at dance halls in nearby Oklahoma City. "We were a bunch of kids barely in puberty who didn't get to bed until almost daylight after some of our shows," McEntire remembered.[15] The band parted ways once Reba's brother graduated high school.[22] In 1973, McEntire graduated from Kiowa High School.[23]

Once finishing high school, McEntire enrolled in college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.[8][23] She majored in elementary education with a minor in music. She completed student teaching and later graduated with a Bachelor's degree.[24] She also continued to help out on her family's ranch during her college years.[25] In 1974, McEntire's father encouraged her to take a job opportunity singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.[26] She contacted family friend and rodeo announcer Clem McSpadden, who helped her get hired for the gig.[25] Following one of her performances, McEntire was heard by country artist Red Steagall who was impressed by her singing.[26][21] Reba, her siblings and her mother later joined him at a hotel party the same week. At the hotel, Reba performed an acapella version of Dolly Parton's "Joshua".[27] Jacqueline McEntire asked Steagall if he was able to help get all her children a recording contract. After going back to Nashville, Steagall contacted her in early 1975 and said, "I can't take all three. But I could take Reba. She's got something a little different."[28][29]

In March 1975 and accompanied by her mother, McEntire embarked on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee to record a demonstration tape that Steagall hoped to pass along to record labels.[28] At the start of the trip, she was unsure about pursuing a professional country music career. McEntire recalled in her autobiography continually making excuses for her mother to stop the car instead of traveling to Nashville. After noticing her daughter's fear, Jacqueline McEntire told her, "Now Reba, let me tell you something. If you don't want to go to Nashville, we don't have to do this. But I'm living all my dreams through you." The conversation changed her mind and they continued on to Nashville.[30]

After recording a demo, McEntire's tape was heard by Glenn Keener of PolyGram/Mercury Records, who was interested in signing her to a Nashville contract. Keener brought McEntire's tape and another female's tape to PolyGram's Chicago headquarters. The label informed Kenner that he could only sign one female performer. "He looked at the two tapes in his hand and handed ’em mine," McEntire told Entertainment Weekly.[31]

Music career[]

1976–1983: Career launch at Mercury[]

McEntire in a promotional photograph after signing her first recording contract with PolyGram/Mercury Records, 1976.

In November 1975, McEntire signed a country music recording contract with PolyGram/Mercury Records.[8][32] She made her first recordings for the label in January 1976. She was produced by Glenn Keener and was backed by a Countrypolitan arrangement that included a string section. McEntire's debut single was released in 1976 titled "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand". The track failed to become a major hit, only peaking at number 88 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart that May.[33] It was followed by the low-charting Billboard country singles "(There's Nothing Like the Love) Between a Woman and Man" and "Glad I Waited Just for You". Mercury issued her self-titled debut album in 1977.[8] In his album review, Greg Adams of AllMusic compared it to the country crossover style of Barbara Mandrell and Tammy Wynette.[34] McEntire also began touring and performing more frequently. Without a band of her own, she often relied on house bands to accompany her. In some instances, the backing bands did not know country music and McEntire would have to fill her time onstage with jokes.[35]

McEntire's career gained more momentum by 1978. That year she collaborated on two singles with country artist Jacky Ward. The duo's double-sided release of "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"/"Three Sheets in the Wind" became her first top 20 hit on the country chart.[8] When Glenn Keener left the PolyGram/Mercury roster, McEntire inherited producer Jerry Kennedy.[35] Kennedy produced her second studio album titled Out of a Dream (1979). The album's cover of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" became her first top 20 hit as a solo artist.[8][33] Four additional top 40 country singles were spawned from the album as well.[33] By 1980, McEntire had formed her own band which included sister Susie and brother Pake McEntire. She also hired a new manager. McEntire and her band toured to dates in a three-car caravan, which included a horse trailer for transporting instruments.[36] She later upgraded to a bus nicknamed "Silver Eagle", which routinely broke down.[37] Also in 1980, "(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven" became her first top ten hit on the country songs chart.[33] It was included on her third studio album, Feel the Fire, which was released in October.[8]

By this point, McEntire's label pushed her record music in a soft country pop style that she often disagreed with.[8] Future material (which included her next album) was recorded in this format.[38] Her fourth album, Heart to Heart was issued in 1981 and became her first disc to chart the Billboard Country Albums list.[8] It received only a 2.5 star review from AllMusic's William Ruhlmann, who described McEntire as being "a promising, but not yet accomplished country artist."[39] Yet its lead single, "Today All Over Again", became her highest charting country single yet, reaching number five.[8] In 1983, McEntire's bus had broken down when she was informed that her latest single "Can't Even Get the Blues" reached the number one spot on the Billboard country chart.[40] It was followed by her second number one song "You're the First Time I Thought About Leaving".[33] The track also became her second to reach the top ten of Canada's RPM country songs chart.[41] Both singles appeared on her 1983 album Unlimited.[8] The following year, the single "Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can't Have)" reached the top ten.[33] With increased success in the country music industry,[38] she was able to arrange an early release from PolyGram/Mercury in 1983.[8] "Let met put it this way, I've sorta taken my career into control myself," she explained of the decision.[38]

1984–1990: Breakthrough[]

McEntire signed with MCA Records in 1984 and released her seventh studio album Just a Little Love. Harold Shedd was originally intended to produce the disc, however, McEntire rejected his desire for a country pop arrangement. Instead, Norro Wilson produced the project.[42] Despite spawning a top ten hit,[33] McEntire was still dissatisfied with the record's production and the lack of control over material.[43] Instead, she turned to MCA president Jimmy Bowen[8] who suggested that she find her own songs to record. Accompanied by Don "Dirt" Lanier, McEntire spent several days listening to various songs from publishing companies. Eventually she found a song written by Harlan Howard titled "Somebody Should Leave" and a song by Jon Moffat titled "How Blue".[44] Released as singles, they reached the number one spot on the country songs chart and later appeared on 1984's My Kind of Country.[8] The collection also included several covers of classic country songs by Ray Price, Charley Pride and Connie Smith.[45] AllMusic's William Ruhlmann gave the disc 4.5 stars.[46] Billboard magazine described McEntire on the album as being "the finest woman country singer since Kitty Wells."[47] The album became her breakthrough recording, leading McEntire to winning 1984's Female Vocalist of the Year accolade from the Country Music Association.[8][48] Along with music by George Strait and Randy Travis, the album also brought forth a stylistic change in country towards traditional arrangements and sounds.[8][38]

Her next MCA album was 1985's Have I Got a Deal for You. The project followed the same traditional country format of its predecessor.[49] It was produced by Jimmy Bowen, along with co-production credits from McEntire herself.[50] The album 's title track reached the Billboard country top ten along with "Only in My Mind", a song composed by McEntire herself.[33] In February 1986, her ninth studio album was released named Whoever's in New England. On the record, McEntire and co-producer Jimmy Bowen mixed a traditional country style with a modern, contemporary sound. Author Kurt Wolff described the title track's production, as being "bigger and sentimentalism more obvious, even manipulative".[42] Issued as the lead single, the title track peaked at number one on the Bilboard country chart[33] and won McEntire the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.[51] The album itself became her first to top the Billboard Country Albums survey.[52] and later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of one million copies.[53]

By this point McEntire had reached the height of her commercial stardom.[8] Following this, McEntire made changes to her stage show. She began implementing choreography and experimented with stage lighting.[54] Also in 1986, McEntire's twelfth studio album appeared titled What Am I Gonna Do About You. AllMusic found that it lacked the features that had made Whoever's in New England unique.[55] The title track was the lead single from the release. It became her next number one song on the Billboard country chart[33] and her first number one on the RPM canadian country chart.[41] Its second single "One Promise Too Late" also topped the country chart.[33] Her thirteenth studio project, The Last One to Know, was released in 1987 and reached number three on the Billboard country albums chart.[56] Reviewer Tom Roland noted that McEntire chose material that reflected her recent divorce from first husband Charlie Battles.[57] Both the title track and "Love Will Find Its Way to You" topped the Billboard country songs chart.[33] In late 1987, McEntire released her first Christmas collection called Merry Christmas to You.[58] Also in 1987, she played Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.[59]

In the late 1980s, McEntire took more control of her career. She fired her manager and formed her own entertainment company that helped further promote her material.[60] Other new changes included her 1988 pop-inspired release Reba.[8] Her fifteenth studio disc included covers of the former pop hits "Respect" and "A Sunday Kind of Love".[61] It produced the number one Billboard country singles "New Fool at an Old Game" and "I Know How He Feels".[33] It was followed by 1989's Sweet Sixteen, which was noted to be a more of a "return[s] to the neo-traditionalist fold", according to reviewer William Ruhlmann.[62] The album featured the country hits "'Til Love Comes Again", "Little Girl", "Walk On" and a cover of "Cathy's Clown".[33] Her first live project titled Reba Live was also released in 1989.[63]

Rumor Has It (1990) was another pop-oriented album release featuring a mix of ballads and uptempo numbers.[64] It was the first disc in McEntire's career to reach the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.[65] The disc would became McEntire's highest-selling albums, certifying three-times platinum from the RIAA.[53] Four hit country singles came from the release, including "You Lie"[33] and her cover of "Fancy". The latter single eventually become one of McEntire's signature songs.[66][67]

1991: Aviation accident and For My Broken Heart[]

While on tour for her 1990 album, McEntire lost eight members of her band; (Chris Austin, Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kaye Evans, Jim Hammon, Terry Jackson, Anthony Saputo, and Michael Thomas), plus pilot Donald Holmes and co-pilot Chris Hollinger, when their charter jet plane (one of two for the band) crashed near San Diego, California, in the early morning of March 16, 1991. The accident occurred after McEntire's private performance for IBM executives the night before. The first plane was a Hawker Siddeley DH-125-1A/522 charter jet that took off at 1:40 AM from the Brown Field Municipal Airport, located near the border of Mexico. After reaching an altitude of 3,400 feet (1,040 m) above sea level, the aircraft crashed on the side of Otay Mountain, located 10 miles east of the airport.[68] The second plane (carrying her other band members) did not crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined the probable cause(s) of the accident was:

“Improper planning/decision by the pilot, the pilot's failure to maintain proper altitude and clearance over mountainous terrain, and the copilot's failure to adequately monitor the progress of the flight. Factors related to the accident were: insufficient terrain information provided by the flight service specialist during the preflight briefing after the pilot inquired about a low altitude departure, darkness, mountainous terrain, both pilot's lack of familiarity with the geographical area, and the copilot's lack of familiarity with the aircraft.”[69]

The news was reported nearly immediately to McEntire and her husband, who were sleeping at a nearby hotel. A spokeswoman for McEntire at the time stated in the Los Angeles Times that "she was very close to all of them. Some of them had been with her for years. Reba is totally devastated by this. It's like losing part of your family. Right now she just wants to get back to Nashville."[70]

Despite the tragedy, McEntire performed just days later on March 25, 1991, at the 63rd Academy Awards ceremony, performing the Best Original Song nominee "I'm Checkin' Out" from the film Postcards from the Edge. McEntire dedicated her sixteenth album, For My Broken Heart, to the deceased members of her road band. Released in October 1991, it contained songs of sorrow and lost love about "all measure of suffering",[71] according to Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly. Nash reported that McEntire "still hits her stride with the more traditional songs of emotional turmoil, above all combining a spectacular vocal performance with a terrific song on 'Buying Her Roses', a wife's head-spinning discovery of her husband's other woman."[71] The release peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while also reaching No. 13 on the Billboard 200,[72] and eventually sold four million copies. Its title track became McEntire's sixteenth number-one, followed by "Is There Life Out There", which also reached No. 1 on the Billboard country music chart.[8] The third single, "The Greatest Man I Never Knew", peaked in the Top 5 and her cover of Vicki Lawrence's "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" reached No. 12.[33] "If I Had Only Known", a cut from this album, was later included in the soundtrack to the 1994 film 8 Seconds.[33]

1992–1995: Continued success[]

In December 1992, McEntire's nineteenth studio album, It's Your Call, was released. It became her first album to peak within the Billboard 200 Top 10, reaching No. 8.[73] McEntire commented that the record was a "second chapter" to For My Broken Heart,[74] while music reviewers such as Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly disagreed, writing "In truth, it isn't nearly as pessimistic as its predecessor—and unfortunately it isn't anywhere as involving." Nash called the album's title track—which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart—"one of those moment-of-truth sagas at which McEntire excels. In the song, a wife answers the phone to find her husband's girlfriend on the other end and seizes the opportunity not only to inform her mate that she knows of his affair but to give him the ultimatum of choosing between the two. She's not the only one who's waitin' on the line, she sings, handing her husband the phone. It's your call."[75][76]

Christopher John Farley of Time wrote that the album ranged from being "relaxing" to "cathartic", and "these vocals from one of the best country singers linger in the mind".[77] The album's preceding singles—"The Heart Won't Lie" (a duet with then-labelmate Vince Gill) and "Take It Back"—were Top 10 hits on the Billboard country chart, reaching No. 1 and No. 5 respectively.[75] Like its preceding album, It's Your Call sold over a million copies, eventually certifying by the RIAA in sales of double-platinum.[78]

In October 1993, McEntire's third compilation album, Greatest Hits Volume Two was released, reaching No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively, selling 183,000 copies during Christmas week 1993.[79] Out of the 10 tracks were two new singles: the first, "Does He Love You", was a duet with Linda Davis. The song later reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and win both women a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.[33] Its second single, "They Asked About You", was also a Top 10 hit. The additional eight songs were some of McEntire's biggest hit singles during a course of five years including "The Last One to Know", "I Know How He Feels", "Cathy's Clown", and "The Heart Won't Lie".[80] After originally selling two million copies upon its initial release (2× Multi-Platinum), Greatest Hits Volume Two later certified at 5× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA in 1998. The album has gone to sell over 10 million copies worldwide, which makes it McEntire's best selling album to date.[81]

Her eighteenth studio release was 1994's Read My Mind. The album spawned five major hit singles onto the Billboard Country chart, including the No. 1 single "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter". The further releases ("Till You Love Me", "Why Haven't I Heard from You", and "And Still") became Top 10 singles on the same chart,[82] with "Till You Love Me" also reaching No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100, a chart that she had not previously entered.[33] The album itself reached No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts.[83] Charlotte Dillon of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, calling it "another wonderful offering of songs performed by the gifted country singer Reba McEntire". Dillon also felt that the album's material had "a little soul, a little swing, and some pop, too".[84]

Entertainment Weekly's Alanna Nash also gave the album positive feedback, viewing the album to have "enough boiling rhythms and brooding melodies to reflect the anger and disillusionment of the middle class in the '90s", calling the track "She Thinks His Name Was John" to be the best example of that idea.[85] The song was eventually spawned as a single and was considered controversial for its storyline, which described a woman who contracts AIDS from a one-night stand.[86] Due to its subject matter, the song garnered less of a response from radio and peaked at No. 15.[8] Read My Mind became another major seller for McEntire and her label, selling three million copies by 1995 and certifying at 3× Multi-Platinum from the RIAA.[87]

After many years of releasing studio albums of newly recorded material, McEntire's nineteenth studio album, Starting Over (1995) was collection of her favorite songs originally recorded by others from the 1950s through the early 1980s. The album was made to commemorate twenty years in the music industry, but many music critics gave it a less positive response than her previous release.[88] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that although the album was considered a "rebirth" for McEntire, he thought that some tracks were recorded for merely "nothing more than entertainment".[89] The album paid tribute to many of McEntire's favorite artists and included cover versions of "Talking In Your Sleep" originally sung by Crystal Gayle, "Please Come to Boston", "I Won't Mention It Again" sung by Ray Price, "Starting Over Again", cowritten by Donna Summer and originally a hit for Dolly Parton, "On My Own", and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix".[32] "On My Own" featured guest vocals from Davis, as well as Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood.[33]

Despite negative reviews, Starting Over was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America within the first two months of its release,[90] but only one single—a cover of Lee Greenwood's "Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands"—was a Top 10 hit single.[91]

1996–2002: Musical shifts and new opportunities[]

McEntire in Washington, D.C., November 2000

McEntire made a major comeback into the music industry the following year with her twentieth studio album, What If It's You.[92] The album's lead single, "The Fear of Being Alone" reached No. two on the country charts, and its further two singles ("How Was I to Know" and "I'd Rather Ride Around with You") reached No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.[8] The release garnered higher critical acclaim than Starting Over, with Thom Owens of Allmusic calling the album "nevertheless an excellent reminder of her deep talents as a vocalist".[93] MCA Nashville chairman Bruce Hinton told Billboard how pleased he was with McEntire's release, calling the album's 10 tracks "powerful" and concluding by stating "There are so many writers and so many great songs in Nashville, and Reba has collected her disproportionate share[...]She's country music's female artist of the 90s." What If It's You peaked at No. 1 Top Country Albums and No. 15 on the Billboard 200, while also becoming her first album in three years to certify in multi-platinum sales, selling two million copies by 1999.[94][95] At the end of 1997, McEntire also charted at No. 23 the charity single "What If". The proceeds of sales for this single were donated to the Salvation Army.[33]

In 1997, McEntire headlined a tour with Brooks & Dunn that led to the recording of "If You See Him/If You See Her" with the duo the following year.[92] This song was included on McEntire's If You See Him album and Brooks & Dunn's If You See Her album, both of which were released on June 2.[96] Thom Owens of AllMusic reported in its review that both album titles were named nearly the same as "a way to draw attention for both parties, since they were no longer new guns—they were veterans in danger of losing ground to younger musicians".[97] The duet reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in June 1998 and spawned an additional three Top 10 hits during that year: "Forever Love", "Wrong Night", and "One Honest Heart".[33] In addition, If You See Him peaked within the Top 10 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums chart, reaching No. 8 and No. 2, respectively.[98]

McEntire in June 1999

In 1999, McEntire released two albums. In September she issued her second Christmas album, The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection, which eventually sold 500,000 copies in the United States. In November, her twenty-second studio album, So Good Together was released, spawning three singles. The first release, "What Do You Say" and the second release, "I'll Be" both reached the Top 5 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. So Good Together also brought her into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, peaking at No. 31.[33] The album eventually certified Platinum by the end of the decade.[8] What Do You Say became her first crossover hit as well. Unlike any of her previous albums, So Good Together was produced by three people, including McEntire. Entertainment Weekly commented that most of the album's material was "an odd set—mostly ballads, including an English/Portuguese duet with Jose e Durval on Boz Scaggs' 'We're All Alone'".[99]

In 2001, McEntire returned with her third greatest-hits album: Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor. The album helped McEntire receive her third gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, which made her the most certified female country artist in music history. It spawned the number-three hit "I'm a Survivor", which was her last major hit for two years, as McEntire went on a temporary hiatus to focus on her television sitcom, Reba.[92] The album's only other single, a cover of Kenny Rogers' "Sweet Music Man", went to No. 36.[33]

2003–2007: Nashville comeback[]

McEntire's seventy-sixth chart single, "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain", released in mid-2003, ended her two-year break from recording.[92] In November 2003, her twenty-third studio album, Room to Breathe, marked her first release of new material in four years. Dan MacIntosh of Country Standard Time gave Room to Breathe a less-received review, reporting that "it ultimately falls short of leaving the listener breathless". He highlighted "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain" for sounding like a Bluegrass-inspired song such as music by Ricky Skaggs or Patty Loveless.[100] The album itself reached a peak of No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 25 on the Billboard 200, staying at the position for only one week.[101] The second single, "Somebody", also recorded by Mark Wills on his "Loving Every Minute" release, became her twenty-second number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and first since "If You See Him/If You See Her" six years previous. This became her thirty-third number-one single overall.[33] It took longer than expected to become a hit, according to McEntire, who said, "Yeah, that had us concerned. The album came out in November and it took 30 weeks for "Somebody" to work its way up the charts. Usually, it's 15 weeks. But this one had a resurgence of life, especially after the video came out. MCA is really kicking butt with it."[102] Its third single, "He Gets That from Me" reached No. 7, followed by the Amy Dalley co-written track "My Sister", which reached No. 16.[8]

In 2005, McEntire released the compilation Reba 1's. The album comprised all thirty-three number-one hits in her career on all major trade charts. Two new songs were included on the album: "You're Gonna Be" and "Love Needs a Holiday". Both were released as singles, peaking at No. 33 and No. 60, respectively, with the latter becoming her first single in twenty-seven years to miss the country top 40 entirely.[33] Country Standard Time called the tracks "Whoever's in New England" and "You Lie" the album highlights.[103] The album reached a peak of No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 12 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, certifying 2× Platinum by the RIAA within two years. On August 30, 2007, McEntire received two CMA nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. With those two nominations plus another in 2008 and two more in 2009, McEntire became the female artist with the most nominations (forty-eight) in the forty-three-year history of the CMA Awards, surpassing Dolly Parton, who has forty-three.[104]

In mid-2007, McEntire announced the release of her twenty-fifth studio album, Reba: Duets, on September 18. McEntire stated that out of all the albums she had previously recorded, her newest release was particularly special: "This is an album that will go down in history as probably my favorite album to record because I got to work and sing and be with my friends. Out of everything in this whole career that I can say that I'm the most proud of, are my friends. And here's the proof." In promotion for the album, McEntire made appearances at radio shows and on The Oprah Winfrey Show September 19.[105] The album's lead single, "Because of You"—a duet with Kelly Clarkson, who originally recorded the song—became her fifty-fifth Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, tying her with Dolly Parton, who also had the same amount of Top 10 records.[106] The album was given high critical praise from magazines such as PopMatters, which called McEntire's vocals, "to sound sweet without being syrupy, while being extremely powerful. McEntire's vocal strength yields a different kind of authority than the bluesy, drawling growl of Janis Joplin, the weathered rasp of Marianne Faithfull, or even the soul-shrieking powerhouse of Tina Turner. Instead, Reba's voice combines the aspects of all three singers but tempers it with a Southern sweetness and an unmistakable femininity."[107] The album contained 10 tracks of duets with country and pop artists, including Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, Carole King, and Justin Timberlake. Reba: Duets peaked at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, while also becoming her first album in her thirty-year career to peak and debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 300,536 copies (according to Nielsen Soundscan) sold within its first week of release.[108] On January 17, 2008, McEntire embarked on the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour with Clarkson, which began in Fairborn, Ohio and ended in November of the same year.[109] A month after its release, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 19, 2007.[110] The album's only other single was "Every Other Weekend". Recorded on the album as a duet with Chesney, it was released to radio with its co-writer, Skip Ewing, as a duet partner.

2008–2015: Record label switch and middle age success[]

Reba McEntire attending the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

In November 2008, McEntire announced that she would be departing from her label of 25 years and signing with the Valory Music Group, an imprint of Big Machine Records (coincidentally distributed by MCA and Mercury's parent, Universal Music Group). Under MCA, she had sold a total of 67 million records worldwide and won two Grammys.[111] The switch to Valory reunited McEntire with the label's president, Scott Borchetta, who had worked as senior vice president of promotion at MCA during most of the 1990s. McEntire later commented on her label switch, stating "I am thrilled to be joining the Valory team. Scott and I worked together on some of the biggest singles of my career, and I am excited to renew our partnership."[112] In November 2008, MCA released a 50 Greatest Hits box set compilation album, containing three CDs, from 1984's "How Blue" to 2007's "Because of You". On April 5, 2009, McEntire debuted her first single, "Strange", on Valory at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards.[113] The song debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving McEntire the highest single debut of her career, and went on to peak at number eleven. Her twenty-sixth studio album, Keep On Loving You was released in August 2009, and became McEntire's first solo studio album in six years.[114] The album gained fairly positive reviews from most album critics. On August 26, Keep on Loving You became McEntire's second album to top both the Billboard Country and 200 charts, selling almost 96,000 copies within its first week. With the album, McEntire broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard number-one albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn.[115] Later that summer, the label released the album's second single, "Consider Me Gone", and it debuted at No. 51 on the Hot Country Single's Chart. The single became McEntire's thirty-fourth number-one on the Billboard chart in December.[116]

McEntire's twenty-ninth studio album, All the Women I Am, was released in November 2010, under Valory Music Group/Starstruck Records.[117][118] The album's lead single called "Turn On the Radio" was released in August 2010, and the music video premiered shortly afterward.[119][120] Upon its release, All the Women I Am received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[121] On December 20, 2010, McEntire had her 35th Billboard number-one single with "Turn On the Radio".[122] The second single from All the Women I Am was a cover of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy", which McEntire took to No. 22. After it came "When Love Gets a Hold of You" at No. 40 and "Somebody's Chelsea" at No. 44. The latter was the only single that McEntire had co-written since "Only in My Mind" in 1985.[123] McEntire later announced that she would be visiting 30 one cities on her All the Women I Am Tour, late that year with the Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, and Edens Edge as opening acts on different stops of the tour.[124]

On October 21, 2014, it was announced that McEntire would be the inaugural signing for Big Machine's new imprint Nash Icon Music. She also disclosed that she was working on a new album, with 11 new songs.[125] Her first single for the new label, "Going Out Like That", was announced in December 2014 and was released in January 2015.[126] It served as the lead-off single to Love Somebody, McEntire's twenty-seventh studio album, released on April 14, 2015.[127] Love Somebody debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums—her twelfth number-one album on the chart—and No. 3 on Billboard 200, selling 62,469 copies in the U.S.[128] The album has sold 171,600 copies in the U.S. as of October 5, 2015.[129] McEntire released her third Christmas album My Kind of Christmas on September 2, 2016. The album was exclusively sold at Cracker Barrel and online. She also announced she would soon be selling her own line of clothing, home decor, jewelry and other things under the "Rockin' R by Reba" line also at Cracker Barrel.[130][131]

2017–present: New beginnings in her 60s[]

After her split from ex-husband Narvel Blackstock, McEntire took control of her career as her own manager. She recruited Justin McIntosh of Starstruck Entertainment, Leslie Matthews serving as Brand Manager, and Carolyn Snell who has been with McEntire for nine years. They formed Reba's Business Inc. (RBI).[132] She moved out of the building she and Blackstock had worked in, and moved her company to Green Hills, Nashville.[133]

On December 15, 2016, McEntire announced that she was releasing her first gospel album titled Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. It was released by Nash Icon/Rockin' R Records on February 3, 2017, and consists of two discs. Disc one contains traditional hymns while disc two contains original tracks. "Softly and Tenderly", featuring Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood, was the first track off the album released. Another track on the album, "In the Garden/Wonderful Peace", features the Isaacs. Jay DeMarcus of the Rascal Flatts produced the album.[134] The first single off the album is "Back to God".[135] In January 2018, McEntire won the Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, her first nomination since 2007, and her first Grammy Award win in more than twenty years, since 1994. She also headlined the C2C: Country to Country festival in the UK alongside Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band in March. Because of its limited release in 2016, on October 13, 2017 My Kind of Christmas was re-released - this time including songs with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Darius Rucker and Lauren Daigle - on her website and through iTunes.[136] In July 2018, it was announced that McEntire would be one of four honorees for the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors, along with Cher, Philip Glass, and Wayne Shorter. The creators of the musical Hamilton will also be celebrated. The ceremony was held December 2, 2018, and broadcast on CBS December 26, 2018.[137]

McEntire released her twenty-ninth studio album Stronger Than the Truth on April 5, 2019.[138] McEntire also returned to host the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 8, 2019.[139]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed McEntire among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[140]

On February 20, 2020, during a surprise appearance at the Country Radio Seminar, McEntire announced she had signed a new record deal with MCA Nashville, returning to the label after leaving in November 2008.[141] McEntire hosted the 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards alongside Darius Rucker in November 2020. McEntire previously hosted in 2019 with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, 1992 with Vince Gill, 1991 by herself (the second solo female host) and 1990 with Randy Travis.

Acting career[]

1989–99: Entry into film and television acting[]

In 1990, she obtained her first film role playing Heather Gummer in the horror comedy Tremors, along with Kevin Bacon. The film told the story of a small group of people living in Nevada who were fighting subterranean worm-like creatures. After the film's release, McEntire developed a strong interest in acting and made it her second career. The film earned McEntire a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 1991 Saturn Awards.[142][143] The following year, she starred along with Kenny Rogers and Burt Reynolds in the made-for-television movies The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw and The Man From Left Field. In 1994, McEntire worked with director Rob Reiner in the film North, playing Ma Tex. The film obtained negative reviews, receiving only two and a half stars from Allmovie.[144]

In 1994, McEntire starred in Is There Life Out There? a television movie based on her song of the same name. The following year, she appeared in Buffalo Girls, which was based upon the life of western cowgirl Calamity Jane (played by Anjelica Huston). Playing Jane's friend Annie Oakley, Buffalo Girls was nominated for an Emmy award.[145] In 1996, McEntire was cast by director James Cameron as Molly Brown in his film Titanic. However, when it became apparent production for the film would extend well beyond its original length, McEntire had to turn down the part, as she had already scheduled prior concert engagements. The role was recast with Kathy Bates.[146] In 1998, she starred as Lizzie Brooks in Forever Love, which was based upon McEntire's hit single of the same name.[147]

2000–07: Broadway and television series[]

In early 2001, McEntire expanded into theater, starring in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Playing Annie Oakley (whom she had previously portrayed in Buffalo Girls), her performance was critically acclaimed by several newspapers, including The New York Times, which commented, "Without qualification the best performance by an actress in a musical comedy this season."[148] McEntire personally called the musical "some of the hardest work I've ever done in my life".[149]

In 2005, McEntire starred as Nellie Forbush in the Carnegie Hall concert production of the Broadway musical South Pacific with Alec Baldwin as Luther Billis and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile de Becque, directed by Walter Bobbie and with an adapted script by David Ives. The concert was broadcast as part of the Great Performances series in 2006.[150]

In October 2001, McEntire premiered her half-hour television sitcom Reba on the WB network. The show was based around divorced mother Reba Hart, who learns how to handle life situations after her husband divorces her in order to marry his dental hygienist––with whom he had been cheating and gotten pregnant––and then their teenage daughter becomes pregnant as well.[151] Reba garnered critical acclaim and success, becoming the network's highest-rated television show for adults ranging from the ages of 18 to 49. The show ran for six seasons and earned McEntire a nomination for a Golden Globe award.[143] It was canceled on February 18, 2007; the series finale had 8.7 million viewers.[152]

2011–20: Brief television return and current projects[]

In September 2011, McEntire confirmed on her website that ABC had ordered a pilot for her second television series Malibu Country.[153] McEntire played a divorced mother of two who moves to Malibu, California to restart her music career.[153] The pilot was filmed in April 2012 and began production on its first season in August. It was announced that the pilot for Malibu Country would premiere November 2, 2012. The show was broadcast Friday nights at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.[154] On May 11, 2012, McEntire tweeted that the show had been picked up.[155] She also was the host in the 2011 NASCAR Award Show in Las Vegas.

Despite reports that Malibu Country was the most-watched freshman comedy in its debut season (8.7 million),[156] the show was canceled on May 10, 2013, after eighteen episodes.

In January 2017, it was announced that McEntire would star and produce a Southern drama series for ABC titled Red Blooded.[157][158] It was reported in May that ABC ultimately turned down the show, so it moved to being shopped around to other networks.[159] In January 2018, Reba was chosen to portray KFC's first female Colonel Sanders. The commercials ran through the end of April 2018.[160]

In 2020, McEntire launched a podcast titled Living & Learning hosted by herself and her former Reba co-star Melissa Peterman.[161]

She made a cameo appearance in the 2021 comedy film Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar as a water spirit named Trish after Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, who wrote, produced, and starred in the film, wrote her an "impassioned letter" asking her to join the film. Director Josh Greenbaum said in an interview, "There's some casting that just clicks. Reba is not only 100% authentic, we knew she would be game."[162]

Musical styles and legacy[]

McEntire's sound has been influenced by the country music of Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, and Patsy Cline.[163] In college, McEntire attended local dances at the Oklahoma–Texas border so she could dance to Wills's music, commenting that, "it didn't get any better than dancing to Bob Wills music". She also explained Merle Haggard's influence on her career, stating "I had every album he ever put out", and would sing "every song he did", along with her brother, Pake and sister, Susie. In addition, her first major hit, "Sweet Dreams" was a remake of Patsy Cline's version of the song, according to McEntire herself.[164]

McEntire's music has been described to not only be built upon traditional country music, but also expand into the genres of country pop, mainstream pop, soul, and R&B. At times, her music has been criticized for moving away from traditional country music. Many music critics have called her music to be "melodramatic", "formulaic", and "bombastic", particularly after her 1988 album Reba. Studio releases such as Sweet Sixteen, Rumor Has It, It's Your Call, and Starting Over have been described by these terms.[32]

McEntire possesses a contralto vocal range[165] and performs "vocal gymnastics" with her voice,[166] a musical technique in which a singer twirls a note around, using their vibrato. McEntire has credited Dolly Parton for influencing this trait, stating that she always listened to Parton's records and find her style of vocal gymnastics "so pretty".[149]

McEntire has often been regarded as one of country music's most influential female vocalists and most beloved entertainers.[32][163] She is highly credited for remaining one of country's most popular female artists for nearly four decades, maintaining her success by continually incorporating contemporary musical sounds without changing her traditional vocal style.[92][163] For numerous artists, she has been credited as an inspiration to their careers in music.[163] The Net Music Countdown second-handedly reported, "That influence has manifested itself in many ways. As a role model, she's shown others how to handle fame with grace and good humor while never backing down from her values or goals. Just as importantly, she's shown others to refuse to accept limitations on what she can do or how much she can achieve." McEntire also explained to the online website, "Whatever I'm doing, I feel like I'm representing country music". "It's always been my main career, and it's where my loyalties lie. I feel like I'm waving the flag of country music wherever I go, and I couldn't be prouder to do it."[167]

Personal life[]

McEntire is a Christian, and she has stated that her faith in God has helped her immensely throughout her life.[168]

Two of her siblings have also had careers in the music industry. Her brother Pake dabbled in the country music industry in the late 1980s but returned to Oklahoma after a brief stint. He owns and operates a 1,000-acre ranch near Coalgate, Oklahoma, and continues to rodeo. Her sister Susie McEntire-Eaton (Martha Susan "Susie" McEntire-Eaton, formerly Luchsinger) is a successful Christian music singer who travels the country with her husband, speaking and performing. She also has an older sister, Alice Foran, a retired social worker who resides in Lane, Oklahoma. Her niece Calamity McEntire is an assistant basketball coach at the University of Dayton.[169]

Relationships and children[]

In 1976, McEntire married steer wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles who was 10 years her senior and had two sons from his previous marriage. The couple shared a ranch in Oklahoma. In 1987, McEntire divorced Battles and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to further pursue her career.[170][171][172]

In 1989, McEntire married her manager and former steel guitar player Narvel Blackstock. The couple wed at Lake Tahoe on a boat in a private ceremony. Together, the pair took over all aspects of McEntire's career, forming Starstruck Entertainment, which was originally designed to help manage her career. From her marriage to Blackstock, McEntire gained three stepchildren, Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon. She gave birth to a son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock, in February 1990. On August 3, 2015, it was announced in a joint statement on McEntire's website that she and Blackstock had been separated for a few months after twenty-six years of marriage.[173] McEntire announced in December 2015 that their divorce had been finalized on October 28, 2015. Despite the divorce, McEntire remains very close to her three stepchildren and the Blackstock family; she considers her stepchildren's children to be her grandchildren.[174]

McEntire in September 2012

McEntire's stepson Brandon Blackstock married singer Kelly Clarkson, with whom he has a daughter and a son.[175] Speaking about their impending marriage in 2013, McEntire stated she was "Thrilled to death, to have my buddy as my daughter-in-law. I mean, who could ask for more?"[176]

In 2017, McEntire began a relationship with photographer Anthony "Skeeter" Lasuzzo. The couple met through McEntire's association with Kix Brooks. In describing her feelings about Lasuzzo, she stated, "We're totally in love — absolutely," she says. "I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with 'em!"[177] McEntire and Lasuzzo separated in the fall of 2019.[178]

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, McEntire began dating film and TV actor Rex Linn.[179]


In 1992, she opened Reba's Ranch House in Denison, TX.[180] Similar to a Ronald McDonald House, the house incorporates holistic care by providing a calm setting for rest, warm meals for nourishment and sensitive staff for spiritual connections to guests who have loved ones being treated at the nearby Texoma Medical Center.

Over the course of her career, she has been and continues to be an active supporter of various charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Feeding America and Celebrity Fight Night. She has been honored with the Minnie Pearl Award, the ACM Home Depot Humanitarian Award and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation Humanitarian Award for her efforts. In 2018, she was honored with the Horatio Alger Award for Education, Charity Work. Named after the "rags to riches" writer, the award recognizes perseverance and giving back.[181][182][183]


McEntire has the second-most wins for the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist Awards with seven. McEntire holds the record American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist (twelve). She also holds the distinction of being the first to win the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year Award four times consecutively. Martina McBride won Female Vocalist four times, although not consecutively. In 2013, Miranda Lambert tied McEntire to win Female Vocalist four years in a row and in 2016 Carrie Underwood joined this elite club by winning her fourth Female Vocalist award. McEntire is also a rare musical artist to achieve solo number-ones across four decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s). She holds the record for most CMA Award nominations for a female artist, with 50. McEntire also holds the record with the most ACM Awards nominations for a female artist with 47, respectively.[184] In December 2018, McEntire received the Kennedy Center Honor.[185]

When Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut on September 17, 1977, she almost did not make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night's list of performers.[186] Her parents and older sister, Alice, drove 1,400 miles round trip from their Oklahoma home to see what turned out to be Reba's three-minute performance that night. Her act was cut from two songs to just one—"Invitation to the Blues"—because of a surprise appearance by Dolly Parton.[186] McEntire was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1986.[186] "The Grand Ole Opry is a home," she says. "It's a family. It's like a family reunion, when you come back and get to see everybody."[187]

In 2011, the Country Music Association announced that McEntire would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.[188] McEntire was unable to attend the announcement after her father had slipped into a coma following a stroke.[188] McEntire attended the official induction ceremony alongside the other 2011 inductees Jean Shepard and Bobby Braddock. She was inducted by Dolly Parton.


Studio albums[]

  • Reba McEntire (1977)
  • Out of a Dream (1979)
  • Feel the Fire (1980)
  • Heart to Heart (1981)
  • Unlimited (1982)
  • Behind the Scene (1983)
  • Just a Little Love (1984)
  • My Kind of Country (1984)
  • Have I Got a Deal for You (1985)
  • Whoever's in New England (1986)
  • Reba Nell McEntire (1986)
  • What Am I Gonna Do About You (1986)
  • The Last One to Know (1987)
  • Merry Christmas to You (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)
  • The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection (1999)
  • Room to Breathe (2003)
  • Reba: Duets (2007)
  • Keep On Loving You (2009)
  • All the Women I Am (2010)
  • Love Somebody (2015)
  • My Kind of Christmas (2016)
  • Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (2017)
  • Stronger Than the Truth (2019)
  • Revived Remixed Revisited (2021)


Headlining tours
  • The Reba McEntire Show (1985)
  • The Last One to Know Tour (1987)[189]
  • North American Tour '88 (1988)[190]
  • World Tour '89 (1989)[191]
  • '90 Tour (1990)[192]
  • Rumor Has It Tour (1991)[193]
  • Reba in Concert (1992)[194]
  • It's Your Call Tour (1993)[195]
  • Read My Mind Tour (1994)[196]
  • Starting Over Tour (1995)[197]
  • 20th Anniversary Tour (1996-97)[198]
  • Singer's Diary (1999-2000)[199]
  • Room to Breathe Tour (2004)[200]
  • All the Women I Am Tour (2011-12)[201]
  • Canadian Tour (2013)[202]
  • Reba: Live in Concert (2022)[203]
Co-headlining tours
  • Brooks & Dunn and Reba: The Tour (with Brooks & Dunn) (1997-98)[204]
  • Girls Night Out (with Martina McBride) (2001))[205]
  • 2 Hats and a Redhead (with Brad Paisley and Terri Clark (2005)[206]
  • 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour (with Kelly Clarkson) (2008)[207]
  • Reba and George Strait on Tour (with George Strait) (2010-11)[208]
Residency shows
Opening act
  • Today Tour (for the Statler Brothers) (1983)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Tremors Heather Gummer
1994 Maverick Spectator Uncredited[citation needed]
1994 North Ma Tex
1994 The Little Rascals A.J. Ferguson
2001 One Night at McCool's Dr. Green
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Dixie Voice role
2006 Charlotte's Web Betsy Voice role
2015 Romances of the Republics Stella Wonders
2016 The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave[211] Etta Voice role
2019 Spies in Disguise[212] Joy Jenkins Voice role
2021 Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Trish [213]
Year Title Role Notes
1985 – 2012
2018 – 2019
Academy of Country Music Awards Herself (co-host) with Vince Gill
1990 – 1992
2019 – present
Country Music Association Awards Herself (co-host) with Randy Travis: 1990
with Vince Gill: 1992
with Carrie Underwood & Dolly Parton: 2019
with Darius Rucker: 2020–present
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Burgundy Jones Movie
1992 WrestleMania VIII Herself (performer) Sang the national anthem
1993 The Man from Left Field Nancy Lee Prinzi Movie
1994 Frasier Rachel (voice) Episode: "Fortysomething"
1994 Is There Life Out There? Lily Marshall Movie
1995 Buffalo Girls Annie Oakley Miniseries
1998 Forever Love Lizzie Brooks Movie
1998 Hercules Artemis (voice) 2 episodes
1999 Secret of Giving Rose Cameron Movie
2001–07 Reba Reba Hart 126 episodes
2010 Better with You Lorraine Ashley Episode: "Better With Flirting"
2011 Working Class Renee Episode: "Sugar Mama"
2012–13 Malibu Country Reba McKenzie 18 episodes
2012 Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas Herself (performer) Special
2013 Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale Herself (performer) Special
2015–16 Baby Daddy Charlotte 2 episodes
2015 Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris Herself (guest announcer) Episode: "Reba"
2015 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Herself (performer) Special
2015 The Voice Herself (advisor) Multiple episodes
2016 Last Man Standing Billie Cassidy Episode: "Outdoor Woman"
2016 America's Got Talent Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Judge Cuts 2"
2018 Red Blooded Ruby Adair Main role; unsold pilot
2020, 2021 Young Sheldon June Episode: "A Boyfriend's Ex-Girlfriend and a Good Luck Head Rub"
2021 Christmas in Tune TBA Hallmark Christmas Movie
TBA Fried Green Tomatoes Idgie Threadgoode Main role; pilot
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley
2006 South Pacific: In Concert from Carnegie Hall Nellie Forbush

See also[]

  • List of best-selling music artists in the United States



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