In 2015, a country musician named Reba McEntire had information that would affect her life forever. It was a sticky situation for her. However, the position became more complicated when she obtained the news. She was a country music superstar and had gone through fame for several years, yet she could not predict what would happen next.
These Trying Times
It was 26 years of married life together until her husband named Narvel Blackstock requested for them to split-up. At the CMT interview, Reba did not think of the concept of separation in “any shape, form, or fashion.” In the past, she could not relate to Narvel as her husband, yet he was the greatest friend she ever had. It was on that day that she learned why her husband wished to break up with her and could not apprehend why it happened.
A New Chapter
In the year 1980, Reba encountered Narvel for the first time when he played the steel guitar for her band. Later, Narvel comforted her during her divorce with her husband, and he was also the manager of Reba at that time. After every hardship they faced, they became close to each other and soon became lovers.
Tying The Knot
In the year 1989, Reba and Narvel were married at the center of Lake Tahoe when they were on the boat floating on the water. They helped each other in the music industry and rose their way into stardom. Later, they were managing their own company. In their married life, the three children of Narvel from his ex-wife accepted Reba as their stepmother. After a few years had passed, the family welcomed their newly born child named Shelby. Their son became a race car driver when he grew up. It might sound like they were a big and happy family. However, she also had hardship in her life.
Born And Raised In The Countryside
The country music icon lived in a small Oklahoman town named McAlester. On March 28, 1955, she was brought up in the nearest community called Chockie of their family’s ranch with her siblings. She was residing with her sisters Alice, Susie, and Brother Pike. At the young age of Reba, she helped her parents do various chores like cooking, cleaning their surroundings, and taking care of their cattle.
Successful Life Lessons
At a young age, Reba had been taught by her parents the significant values of working hard and provided her fair share in their family. It was these lessons that made her become a successful person in the future. She carried the virtue throughout the prosperity of her career.
Ranch And Rodeo Reba
The mother of Reba, Jacqueline, wanted to become a country musician when she was at her prime. However, she turned out to be a school teacher in their area. The reason for her mother choosing that kind of occupation was because it was needed in their community. Her father and grandfather were rodeo steer ropers. Her father, Clark, became a three-time World Champion Steer Roper.
We had a fun fact related to Reba’s life, and we could say the only people who knew about this information were her relatives or closest friends who worked in their ranch. Could we believe she knew how to drive when she was only five years old? She was taught by her family to help them in their work at their farm. In the winter season, she was usually going to drive her father’s vehicle when loaded with a bundle of hay for their pet cattle.
A Family Of Singers
Reba’s mother was the person who taught her children about country music. Her passion pushed her to teach them how to sing when they were at a young age. The country music star sang “Away in a Manger” as her first solo performance when she was in first grade Christmas play. She and her family mostly went to their father’s rodeo competition, and the whole family loved to sing during their travel. Later, the children built their reputation and were known as Singing McEntires. Reba frequently performed the national anthem during rodeo competitions. She also sang at the local radio station. After the country singer became a third-grader in their school, the teachers requested that she sang on the graduation day of the high school students.
Becoming Miss Ford Country
Later on in her life, Reba was motivated by some female musicians like Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. However, she did not expect that she would exceed them in terms of being successful in their career. Reba became the top female country musician in those days. At that time, the musician was only 16 years old when she brought home the title of Miss Ford Country at the essay competition. Reba earned the privilege to drive a brand new Ford after a few months. The singer also informed her that she traveled for 18,000 miles before she returned the vehicle to the company.
The Family That Sings Together
The siblings called Singing McEntires did sing in local bars, dance halls, local rodeos competition, and honky-tonks. They also produce their recording named “The Ballad of John McEntire.” The title of the song was the same as their grandfather’s name. They were able to release a thousand copies of their hit record. They even created two major hits known “If I Could Only Be With You,” and “God Never Cried.” The songs were played in the entire local radio stations throughout Oklahoma. The Singing McEntires also sang in live performances.
A Lesson For A Lifetime
The time when Reba was still a member of Singing McEntires, she was baptized. When the family would go for another trip to their gig, she asked her mother if they could ask everyone at the dance hall that they should come to church on Sunday morning. The statement of Reba’s mother became a lesson in her everyday life. Jacqueline asked her daughter why some people did not like to go to church. The singer realized the lesson and shared in the interview, “that was my first lesson on passing judgment. You don’t know what other people do. You don’t know their heart.” It was the most important lesson she ever had.
Wanted To Be Like Her Mother
The day when she finished high school, Reba was enrolled at Southern Oklahoma State University located in Durant. She studied education and minored in music during her college days. After her class at the University, when Reba was not doing any assignment or needed to study for a particular subject, Reba would do something related to music. The musician would perform locally when she had a chance. At some point, Reba had a classmate who would be a future country star named Garth Brooks. However, Reba wanted to follow the footsteps of her mother and to become an elementary school teacher, but there were many trials she faced that made her walk into the path she did not desire.
Life-Changing Rodeo Performances
It was 1974 when her life was changed. At that point in her life, she was assigned to sing the national anthem for the National Rodeo located in Oklahoma City. Her performance was noticed by another country music star named Red Steagall. He was performing at the event when he was astonished by the performance of Reba. It was the start of her career in the music industry when Red helped her in Nashville. She produced her demo tape and also signed a contract with Mercury Records after she entered her music career.
Her First Marriage
Reba attended a rodeo event when she came across her first husband. It was 1976, the day when she and Charlie Battles were married. It was also the year when she experienced the downfall of her career. On January 22, 1976, she produced her song “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand.” however. It only became the 88th position in the Billboard country charts. After her first single, she released several other songs but did not become a hit. At that moment, she knew it was not the time to give up. In 1979, the musician made a hit when she covered the song “Sweet Dreams” by Patsy Cline, which made it to the 19th spot of the list. It was the first song that made into the top 20. However, it was not the last time we could see her song on the top list.
First Time At The Grand Ole Opry
In the year 1977, Reba was requested to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. It was the first time she would perform on the big stage, and the place was famous for being the home of country music. Reba was happy to accept the offer. She traveled to Nashville to attend the event she was asked. However, she could not enter the location because the guards could not find her name on the list. After they convinced the guard to recheck her name and found her name, she was permitted to enter. She told her producer to decrease her time in the spotlight and paved the way to Dolly Parton. The people inside the Grand Ole Opry did not know that they were talking to the musician who carved her name in the music industry.
Her Real Big Break
In the year 1983, Reba released a song that became the top spot on the Billboard Charts. It was her fifth album called Unlimited that made her reach the top position on the chart. The musician did not want how they controlled her career. They forced her to produce a country-pop ballad, which made her decide to quit Mercury. After a year had passed, she accepted the offer from MCA Nashville Records and created her seventh album titled Just a Little Love.
At Long Last
Reba McEntire was still not content with the direction her career was leading to. It was fortunate that she had the chance to put her best foot forward with the making of a new album of songs filled with her previously released singles. My Kind of Country managed to have two songs that made it to the Billboard No. 1 hits. The reviewers liked them. At this point, Reba McEntire was now pleased with her music career.
New Interest In Acting
Reba McEntire was deemed to be the pioneer of the music video in the late 1980s. Aside from the fact that she created her songs, she also worked hard to transform her music videos into melodramatic productions and even had characters and storylines. The reviewers described them as mini-movies. It was evident that it was not an easy task to pull off. Because of the effort, she had placed in her music videos, Reba McEntire had been inspired to give acting a try. Reba McEntire added it to her list, and she badly wanted to act in a movie. At that time, she had no idea that she was going to do more than just that.
A Dream Come True
Reba McEntire managed to check one more item in her bucket list when she had her on-screen debut for Tremors, a 1990 flick. It was a horror-comedy that centered around giant underground worm monsters. A fun fact about Reba was that she had to reschedule her honeymoon with Narvel Blackstock so that she could finish with the filming of her scenes. Reba mentioned that she had fun during the making of the film. It was unfortunate that her co-star did not have the same opinion as hers. Kevin Bacon described it as a “low point” in the entirety of his acting career. And yet, it did not matter to Reba. The country musician was on her way to make her dreams into a reality. It was unfortunate that not everything was going well offscreen.
Trouble In Paradise
Reba McEntire and her husband at the time, Charlie Battles, were living at his Oklahoma ranch. However, her burgeoning career placed a lot of pressure on their married life. Charlie wanted her to stay home so that she could help around the house, and yet, she kept performing on tours. It was the reason for their numerous arguments, and they called it quits last 1987. Reba McEntire had been asked how she felt about the divorce to which she answered, “I had to pack everything in one day and leave. I was totally starting over. I wasn’t the little girl anymore, taking orders and doing what he said.”
Reba McEntire dominated the field when an accident happened last 1991. Her band was flying in a charter plane, and it crashed to a mountain that was close to San Diego. Everyone who was in the helicopter died, resulting in having the eight members of her band killed in the crash. The main reason was deemed to be poor visibility. When the accident took place, Reba McEntire was soundly asleep at a nearby hotel. We could imagine how distraught the country artist was the moment she found out the truth. According to Reba, it was like she lost her family, especially because some of the members who died had been in her band for countless years.
An Album For The People She Lost
Reba McEntire’s 16th album was titled For My Broken Heart. It was devoted to the band members that died during the accident. Most of her songs centered around lost love and sorrow. It became one of her top-selling studio albums, and it sold four million copies. Two of the songs included in the album made it to the top of the Billboard music charts. The album itself managed to grab third place.
The Red Dress That Went Down In History
Both Reba McEntire and Linda Davis brought home a CMA and Grammy Award for their performance on Does He Love You. Reba garnered a lot of attention when she wore her sexy red dress for the CMA Awards that year. Most of the members of the audience gasped when she went up to the stage. In an interview, Reba McEntire recalled how her father was not reluctant to voice his opinion related to her choice of outfit. The father asked her if she made a mistake and was wearing it backward. One fun fact was that the legendary red dress could be found on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
A Country Music Pioneer
Country music seldomly talked about AIDS because the majority marked it as taboo. And yet, Reba McEntire did not join the trend. The country artist released an album titled Read My Mind last 1994. It had a controversial song that was called She Thinks His Name Was John. The song revolved around the story of a lady who got AIDS after a drunken one-night stand. It was this song that proved that Reba McEntire was different from the other musicians, and she was brave to discuss social issues using art as a medium. Reba McEntire was not afraid to discuss other controversial issues like domestic abuse, illegal immigration, mercy killing, and neglect of the elderly.
A Rough Patch
There was a time when the music career of Reba McEntire went through a rough patch. Her career moved downward since the release of her 19th album called Starting Over. However, there was not much effort in the making of that album because she did not bother to create new music for it. Reba McEntire only compiled the original recordings of her favorite songs. The reason for this was that she wanted to observe her twentieth year in the country music industry. It was unfortunate that the critics reacted negatively, and there was only one song that made it to the top 10. However, even though most were disappointed, the album still reached platinum. Reba McEntire somehow managed to turn everything in just a year.
What Could Have Been
Most of the critics were disappointed with her latest album release. However, James Cameron extended an invitation to her to appear in Titanic. It was unfortunate that she had to pull out of the role because of the conflicts in her schedule. It did not matter whether the country musician wanted to play the part because it would be bad for her if she opted to cancel booked shows that already had sold tickets. Reba McEntire mentioned, “They kept movin’ my schedule.”
Starring As A Socialite
For those who did not know, Reba McEntire was offered the part of the socialite named Molly Brown in the movie. However, Kathy Bates landed the iconic role instead. The 1997 hit movie earned more than $2 billion around the globe. It was also reported to be the second highest-grossing film in history.
Climbing To The Top Again
Reba McEntire released her twentieth studio album titled What If It’s You last 1997. It had turned to be a great hit, which many deemed to be her epic comeback since her slight decline the previous year. The Fear of Being Alone was the lead single for the album, and it grabbed the number one on the charts. How Was I To Know also managed to climb the top. I’d Rather Ride Around With You had also done great by landing in second place. Reba McEntire decided to record What If for charity and made it to rank number 23. It was surely incredible that the country musician did not hesitate to donate all the profits of her music to the Salvation Army. During this period, Reba was already getting nearer to a new chapter in her life.
Going On The Broadway Stage
Reba McEntire’s album last 2001 was called Greatest Hits Volume 3: I’m a Survivor. It produced three more hit singles for the country musician. Reba McEntire had been officially the most certified female country music of all time. From there, she chose to have a hiatus from the industry to take on one of the leading roles in a Broadway production for Annie Get Your Gun.
The Best Performance
The New York Times reported that Reba McEntire’s performance was “without qualification the best performance by an actress in a musical comedy this season.” It revolved around the fictional version of a sharpshooter from the Wild West named Annie Oakley. It was just the beginning of Reba McEntire’s acting career.
A Self-Titled TV Show
Reba McEntire was incredibly passionate about her acting in her Broadway stint. It did not take long before she started appearing on television projects. The country musician appeared in Reba. It was a self-titled sitcom that ran last 2001. It was about the life of a sassy single mother. The sitcom premiered on WB and rapidly grabbed the place as the highest-rated show for the network. Thanks to the television series, Reba McEntire earned a Golden Globe and lasted for six seasons from 2001 until the year 2006. Later on, the show had been moved to CW for its final season. However, it was canceled even though it was the top sitcom they had at the time.
Appearing On The Small Screen
The producers initially wanted to name the main character of the sitcom as Sally. In the end, Reba McEntire was able to convince the producers to name the main character after her. The country musician knew that her loyal fans would watch the show once they found out that the main character was named after her. The one who was chosen to play as her nemesis was Melissa Peterman. The mistress of the husband was named Barbara, and even though it appeared that they hated each other’s guts on screen, Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman were best friends in real life.
Stronger Than Before
Reba McEntire had never forgotten about her career in music. The country musician made an impressive comeback with her 76th single. Her 23rd album title AKA Room To Breathe reached the number one spot on the charts when it was released. She had the honor to be the female artist with the highest number of nominations in the history of CMA last 2007. Reba McEntire even surpassed Dolly Parton. Reba McEntire went on a tour with Kelly Clarkson the following year. Reba McEntire had surely returned to music, and her fans were glad and felt relieved. However, Reba started to explore other industries, as well.
The Small Screen Again
Reba McEntire had a go with television again last 2011. She made an appearance in Malibu Country, which was aired on ABC. She was given the role of Reba Gallagher, who was a divorced mother with two children. Similar to her role in the television series, she found out that she had been cheated on by her husband.
Reba McEntire received the Malibu house in the sitcom. During the settlement of divorce and after that, she attempted to start fresh with her career in country music. The television series had mixed reviews. However, it was the top-rated new comedy show for the network last 2012. It was unfortunate that Malibu Country was discontinued after running for 18 episodes.
A New Phase
Reba McEntire received her 56th Top 10 hit last 2008, and it was after she recorded the single Cowgirls Don’t Cry with Brooks & Dunn again. It managed to break the record for the most Top 10 hits of any female country musician. The one who previously held the throne was Dolly Parton. It was also after that she announced that she was going to leave the record label after 25 years. She had already received 2 Grammy Awards and sold 67 million records. Afterward, she signed a contract with the Valory Music Group.
Reba’s Alleged Death
There were many false reports about the alleged death of Reba McEntire last 2012. Many said that she had fallen off a cliff during the shooting in Austria and was the cause of her death. The rumor spread quickly, and it devastated the hearts of Reba McEntire’s fans. When Reba’s sister received the news, the sister called Reba in a frenzy and was genuinely concerned for Reba. Reba McEntire made a Twitter post, which confirmed that she was okay. She said, “There are so many of those hoaxes that are just going around, and I think it’s cruel. That’s not funny.”
Her Biggest Fan
Reba McEntire’s father had a stroke and fell into a coma while the country musician was about to be inaugurated in the Country Music Hall of Fame. There was no doubt that Reba McEntire was grieving when he died last October 23, 2014. It was fortunate that Dolly Parton inducted Reba into the Country Music Hall of Fame in place of the heartbroken country musician.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Reba McEntire made a music video in remembrance of her deceased father. She titled it Just Like Them Horses, and it was filmed on their family property in Chockie, Oklahoma. Reba mentioned that her father was her biggest fan and later recalled, “He ran to heaven. Just like them, horses.”
The Home Of Our Dreams
We were all aware that Reba McEntire put her best foot forward to reach where she was now. We could confidently say that the country musician deserved to enjoy the fruits of her hard work. Reba rewarded herself with a 12,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion. It came with seven bedrooms, nine baths, a spa, a swimming pool, and even a tennis court.
One Of The Priciest Sales
Reba McEntire decided to place it on the market last 2015. Reba purchased it for 9 million dollars last 2009. However, an anonymous buyer bought it for a massive amount of $22.25 million. It might as well have been the priciest sale in the area.
Nearly Lost Faith
Faith Hill once auditioned as the backup singer of Reba McEntire during the tours before marking her name as a country artist. It was unfortunate that she had been rejected for the part. The position went to Paula Kay Evans, who died in the plane crash last 1991.
Interview By Larry King
There was one time when Larry King had interviewed Faith Hill. Faith confessed that she was not offered the part because she was not yet good enough at that time. It was a little unsettling to think that she might not be in her position if she had been qualified for the part back then. We were still grieving for the people who lost their lives, but we’re still happy that Faith was still around.
Fame In The Family
Kelly Clarkson had Narvel Blackstock as her manager. It was Narvel who introduced Brandon Blackstock, his son, to Kelly. Brandon asked Kelly Clarkson’s hand for marriage during the 2012 Super Bowl, where she was assigned to sing the national anthem. The two were married the next year. It meant that Kelly Clarkson was now the daughter-in-law of Reba McEntire.
The Best Daughter-In-Law She Could Ask For
They already had a tour in the past, which was why they were excited about it. Reba McEntire confessed that she felt “thrilled to death, thrilled to death to have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, I mean, who could ask for more?” And yet, it was not the end for them. Kelly Clarkson had given birth to two children.
Wanting The Best For Everyone
Reba McEntire was asked for her opinion about the divorce, and she responded by saying that if it were her sole choice, she would prefer to stay married to Narvel Blackstock. There was no room for doubt that Reba McEntire had significant life adjustments after the divorce had been finalized. However, she mentioned that all she wanted to be was for everyone to be happy.
It was unfortunate, but it meant that the 26-year marriage of Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire had officially ended. There was an instance when Reba said, “I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what daddy always used to say.” The country musician had no clue that her ex-husband’s idea for moving on would hurt her feelings.
Too Close To Home
It was not long before Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock had made the divorce official when it was alleged that Narvel had already begun dating other people. Narvel did not see just about anyone, but he was dating Laura Putty Stroud, a luxury real estate agent. Laura was a best friend of Reba and was trusted by the two. Laura and Reba had been close in the duration of Narvel and Reba’s marriage.
Something Very Serious
Both Narvel Blackstock and Laura Putty Stroud had attended a Katy Perry concert together. Someone close to the couple described their connection to be “very serious.” We remained unsure as to when the two of them started going out. However, many people thought that Narvel Blackstock had been cheating on Reba with Laura while they were still married to each other.
A Sticky Situation
Kelly Clarkson was in a sticky situation when the divorce was finalized. Reba McEntire was one of her great friends. However, Narvel Blackstock was the father of her husband. There were reports which mentioned that Kelly Clarkson did her best to try to get the couple to remain with each other. It was also possible that Kelly Clarkson worked hard to help to maintain their marriage for a longer duration. However, there were rumors that Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock lived separately years before the divorce was finalized. Thankfully, despite the separation, the two managed to remain supportive of one another.
Time To Move On
When Reba McEntire’s divorce with Narvel Blackstock had been finalized, he was still his manager for another year. The two had been performing together as a team since 1988, but in 2016, Reba determined that it would be best for her to start over by herself. It was why she decided to launch a company of her own and named it Reba’s Business Inc. The mission of her company was to manage the young artists on their way to stardom.
Reba McEntire even started a brand of merchandise that sold beauty products, clothes, home décor, and jewelry. We would be able to see most of these stuff at the local Cracker Barrel gift shop. Reba McEntire was reported to have a current net worth of $95 million. Last 2017, the country musician confessed that she was now ready to date again.
Passionate About Photos
Those who had been stalking Reba McEntire’s Instagram account would know that she enjoyed snapping photos. Reba was passionate about pictures, and she told a country music website, The Boot, that she loved her photos. Reba McEntire had the habit of taking shots no matter where she was, and she was exhilarated whenever she could find someone to take one of her. Reba confessed, “I love to piddle with my pictures. I am a big picture fanatic. I love it when people send me pictures that I don’t have. I can scan them and put them on my computer, and I am archiving right now.”
Pals With Presidents
We had all been aware that Reba McEntire was surely an adorable person. We all knew that she had a talent for getting along with almost any person she had encountered. Most of her friends had been famous personalities, which would include George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. There was one time when Reba McEntire mentioned, “We e-mail each other on our Treos all the time — nothing political, just passing jokes back and forth. He’s really into the e-mail, and so are his buddies. Senior Bush invited my husband [Narvel Blackstock] and me on a private cruise to the Greek Islands years ago. We became very good friends, and that’s when the e-mail stuff started.”
She Loves Shooting
Reba McEntire was just like the typical country girl. It meant that it was not so shocking that she loved guns and shooting with them. Reba clarified that she did not know how to shoot a firearm during her childhood. Reba only learned how to shoot them when she received shooting lessons when she was filming a movie. Reba recalled, “When I found out that I was going to do a movie called ‘Buffalo Girls’ with Anjelica Huston several years before this, I went and learned how to skeet shoot and trap shoot because I wanted to be able to look like I knew how to shoot a gun because we never did that when we were home in Oklahoma.”
A Different Kind Of Album
Reba McEntire made her first gospel album and titled it Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope last February 3, 2017. The album had two discs with the first one filled with more traditional hymns, and the other one had songs she had written on her own.
Gospel Album In The Making
Reba McEntire clarified that she cooked the idea of creating an album with a collection of gospels, all thanks to Bill Carter, her previous manager. It was going to be Reba’s 28th studio album, and it was packed with all of her favorite songs that she had been pulling together all that time. Reba also had a few inspirations from the hymn book she owned when she was still a child.
The First Female Colonel Sanders
Reba McEntire managed to enter the fast-food industry as soon as she was cast as the first female Colonel Sanders for a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial last January 2018. It was a part of KFC’s promotion of its latest product known as the Smoky Mountain BBQ. The female colonel Sanders wore the corresponding outfit and threw the red hat to her audience. Of course, it landed precisely on top of the head of the genuine Reba McEntire.
There was no doubt that it was surely an odd thought, and yet, Reba showed no hesitation. Reba McEntire informed the reporters about how she felt when she received the offer: “Absolutely I want to do that. Who wouldn’t want to be the first female Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel? It feels very good. And my goatee tickles a little bit and my mustache. But I am a pretty good-looking gray-haired man.” Reba McEntire raved about the strange idea that was presented to her.
The Legacy Of A Country Music Icon
Reba McEntire had been working in the industry since the 1970s. Despite this, it did not seem that she would stop anytime soon. Reba already had 29 studio albums, 16 number one albums, and 40 number one hit singles under her belt. In addition to that, 28 of her records reached gold, platinum, and even multi-platinum. We might not know where Reba McEntire would be in the future, but it was apparent that she would be larger than life.
Some rumors were spreading mentioning that Reba McEntire loved to shop around a new television show with the description of being a “southern gothic soap opera.” We would be fervently hoping that it would be at par or better from the other projects she had done in the past. It would surely be a lot of pressure for Reba, but we are a hundred percent certain that she would be able to handle anything that life threw at her.