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Reba McEntire: Her Country Music Career Then & Now

Reba McEntire attends the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's new exhibition, American Currents: The Music of 2018, on March 5, 2019
March 28, 2020 - 12:32 / Sarah Schulz

Reba McEntire is definitely a Country Queen! She has been around the country music scene for quite some time and many people look up to her in the industry. Let's take a look at some of her best moments throughout her country music career...

Reba Nell McEntire was born on March 28th, 1955 in Oklahoma, USA. Reba apparently taught herself how to play the guitar at a young age and learned how to harmonize from her mother. Their family eventually formed a vocal group called the "Singing McEntires" with her brother and younger sister. In 1974 Reba attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University planning to be an elementary school teacher. She then signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975...

Country and western singer Reba McEntire poses after performing a selection from "Annie Get Your Gun," January 9, 2001

Reba McEntire's Music Breakthrough

Reba released her first single in 1976 and then her debut self-titled album later that same year. Her second album titled Out of a Dream and her third album released in 1980 was called Feel the Fire. Her fourth album titled Heart to Heart however, was her first album to chart the Billboard Top Country Albums list in 1981. Her breakthrough was in 1984 after she signed with MCA Nashville Records and released her seventh studio album, Just a Little Love

Reba McEntire holds two Academy of Country Music Awards which she won for "Entertainer of the Year" and "Top Female Vocalist" 10 May in Los Angeles.

Reba McEntire: A long successful career

Success continued for Reba into the 90's. In 1992, she released her seventeenth studio album, It's You Call. She also released a couple of Christmas albums along the way. The early 2000's saw a Nashville comeback for Reba. In 2003, she released her twenty-third studio album called Room to Breathe. Reba found middle age success and continues to perform and be active in the country music industry still today. Most recently on April 5th, 2019 she released her twenty-ninth studio album called Stronger Than the Truth.

Reba McEntire poses in the press room during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Facts About Country Queen Reba McEntire: 

-She lost eight members of her band in a plane crash while on tour in 1991

-Reba starred in the television sitcom Reba from 2001 to 2007 

-Reba married Charlie Battles in 1976 and later her manager Narvel Blackstock in 1989 with whom she is since separated after 26 years of marriage

-Reba's stepson Brandon Blackstock is married to Kelly Clarkson

-Reba has hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards for many years