Reba Nell McEntire, better known as Reba, was born to a country music singer and actress on March 28, 1955, in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s not surprising that she’s known as “The Queen of Country,” given that she’s sold more than 75 million recordings around the world. Since the 1970s, McEntire has released more than 100 songs that have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list, with 25 of them reaching #1.
She is well-known for her modelling career, but she has also appeared in films and TV shows. Reba, a sitcom she starred in, ran for six seasons. In addition to her several businesses, she also has her own clothing line.
McEntire was the youngest of four kids and grew up in Oklahoma. Her passions as a little girl and adolescent were barrel racing and athletics. She always had a voice, and her mother encouraged it.
With their mother’s encouragement, she and her siblings formed a band to play at local events and make records for a small label.
After deciding she wanted to teach in public schools, McEntire enrolled at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to earn a degree in education.
Country music legend Red Steagall heard her perform at a rodeo. On rare occasions, she would return to the stage.
Because of Steagall’s high regard for McEntire’s singing ability, PolyGram/Mercury Records offered her a recording contract in 1975.
Relationships, Family, and Other Personal Topics
Reba McEntire was born to Clark McEntire and Jacqueline Smith. Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire’s father, is a skilled roper, and Jacqueline Smith, Reba’s mother, is an actress.
They are three of her siblings. Pake McEntire is her sibling. Susie McEntire and Alice Foran are her sisters’ names.
Reba McEntire is currently in a committed relationship. She tied the knot with Charlie Battles in 1976, but the couple eventually split up in 1987.
Reba McEntire’s net worth was estimated at $100 million as of May 1, 2021. McEntire’s singing, songwriting, and record-producing careers have provided her with a substantial portion of her wealth.
It is estimated that Reba has sold over 75 million records globally as of this writing. Overall, sixteen of her albums and forty-two of her singles have debuted at the top of the charts.
Musical income for Reba McEntire also comes from concerts and residencies. To date, Reba has embarked on 16 concert tours, including five as a co-headliner and one as an opening act. With her shows Key to the Heart (2006-07).
Together in Vegas (with Brooks & Dunn), she has performed in Las Vegas for an extended period of time on multiple occasions (2015-present).
A native of Kiowa, Oklahoma, Reba McEntire began her career as a teenager on the rodeo circuit. She was born there in 1955. Reba attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University with the intention of majoring in elementary education.
When she wasn’t in class, she could be found performing at local bars and restaurants. During her sophomore year, she sang the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City.
Reba’s performance there led to her discovery by country music star Red Steagall, who was suitably impressed by her voice. Reba’s demo tape was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997 after Red brought her there. When Mercury Records listened to Reba’s demo tape, they immediately signed her.
She ended up returning to school and finishing her degree in time to receive her diploma in December 1976. The following month she was back in Nashville to begin work on her debut album’s songs. Disappointingly, her debut single only reached #88 on the Billboard country chart.
In August of 1977, Reba released her first album under her own name. The business results were disappointing. The version of “Sweet Dreams” by Patsy Cline that she covered for her second album, “Out of a Dream,” was a top 20 hit in 1979.
Reba tested the waters of the acting industry in 1990. She went on to star in a variety of movies, Broadway productions, and TV shows. She debuted in the film Tremors in 1990 and later became the leading lady in a Broadway version of Annie Get Your Gun.
In October of 2001, the WB network premiered Reba, a series starring Reba. The series ended its six-season run on The CW in February 2007, after airing 127 episodes. It was announced that Reba was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series.