The famous Reba McEntire is a singer and songwriter. She is well-known for being a country singer. Ever since she debuted in the music industry, the singer has experienced lots of ups, mainly downs, in her life, but there is one moment she did not see coming at all. It happened in the middle of 2015, and it was a very devastating thing for Reba. I am a hundred percent sure that you are now curious about what happened to Reba in the middle of 2015. Keep on reading to know and introduce yourself to the life of Reba McEntire. Enjoy!
These Trying Times
The thing that crushed Reba McEntire in 2015 was her divorce with her former husband, Narvel Blackstock. He is currently working as a television producer, and he used to be Reba’s manager. They got married in the middle of 1989 and after spending 26 wonderful years together not just in their personal lives, but also in the professional industry. Ever since they met and made a deeper relationship with each other, Reba had always got Narvel as her support system and someone she could talk to about everything.
A New Chapter
Way back in 1980, Reba McEntire was still married to her first husband, Charlie Battles. It was the year when Reba and Narvel first met. The latter used to play the steel guitar for the former’s musical band. Several years later, the two got the chance to get to know each other well because Narvel became Reba’s manager. Since then, they became really good friends, and they became each other’s walking diary – they shared their secrets, experiences, and all other things they could talk about. One of the most important roles that Narvel played in Reba’s life was when he comforted McEntire when she went through a divorce with Charlie Battles. He was always there by her side, and Reba really appreciated that.
Tying The Knot
Two years after getting divorced in 1987, Reba decided to be wed again and that time, it was with Narvel Blackstock. Both of them were madly in love with each other. They started their married life by spending a lot of quality time with the family – Reba made an effort to get to know all of Narvel’s children from her first wife. After that, they began working hard on their way to success. I must say that all of their hard work paid off as they managed to establish a management company which they named Starstruck.
Born And Raised In The Countryside
This next information is not surprising at all. Being the well-known country singer that she is today, it is kind of expected for Reba McEntire to be raised in the countryside. Reba was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. Even at a very young age, she already started engaging herself in activities that kids would not usually do because their family owned a ranch. With that, Reba did a lot of helping not only with the household chores, but Reba also helped all of her family members in doing some tasks that should be done for the ranch.
Successful Life Lessons
Some of you may adore Reba for working that hard even at a young age and some of you may do the opposite – but all of those household and ranch chores were the ones that made her the very hardworking and successful artist that the entire world knows today. That simply proved the popular quote, “No pain, no gain” – all the things that she did at a very young age inspired her to work even harder in the professional industry and that made her successful.
Ranch And Rodeo Reba
Now, let us talk about the couple who we owe for the legendary country singer’s existence – her parents. Her mother, Jacqueline Smith, used to work as a school teacher in their community. Well, that was really not her plan, though. She always wanted to be a very successful singer, but because of several factors and her desire to help a lot of people, she ended up being a great teacher. Let us talk about Reba’s father, Clark McEntire. He used to be very skilled in steer roping. In fact, he was a 3-time World Champion in the sport of steer roping.
One little, yet amazing fun fact about Reba was that she was just five years old when she learned how to drive. It is so amazing, isn’t it? In an interview, she shared that it was because of her duties in the ranch – she would have to use her father’s truck to load bundles of hay most of the time. Just imagine little Reba driving a huge truck. That is one of the cutest things in the world – well, it might be a little dangerous too.
A Family Of Singers
The McEntire’s are a family of singers. They even had a group named the Singing McEntires which used to consist of the McEntires children – Reba, Pike, Alice, and Susie. All of them inherited their mother’s talent in singing. The Singing McEntires used to perform in different events all over the town. Well, among all of them, Reba was the one who played the most in her school.
Becoming Miss Ford Country
Winning a contest that Ford held in their town was one of Reba’s most significant achievements in life. It was an essay writing contest and having the opportunity to drive the latest Ford car for six months was the prize for the winner. Being the talented and wise person that she has always been, Reba snatched the first place. She really maximized the opportunity of owning a Ford for half a year – she shared that for six months, she managed to drive a total of 18,000 miles.
The Family That Sings Together
The Singing McEntires used to be famous in their town as they performed in different bars, local rodeos, and dance halls. Knowing that they already have a lot of audiences, they released a song dedicated to their grandfather. It was titled The Ballad of John McEntire. They sang it in different events. Months after that, they recorded several songs – some of them were If I Could Only Be With You and God Never Cried.
A Lesson For A Lifetime
Reba McEntire learned a lot of lessons from her mother ever since the day she was introduced to the dynamics of the real world. One of those was the fact that not all people are the same – not everyone has the same beliefs. She learned it when the entire family was on the way to a location for a performance. While on the road, Reba had an idea to invite the whole audience to attend a mass the next morning – she shared it with her mother. However, her mother had something to say about it and said that she should not do that because not everyone that would be watching them had the same beliefs as them. That was a lesson that Reba brought with her every single day that she spent.
Wanted To Be Like Her Mother
Reba had always adored how her mother managed to help a lot of students in their community for being a very great teacher. That inspired her to dream of becoming a teacher as well. When she entered college, she took Education in Southern Oklahoma State University. Well, she surely did not leave her passion for singing behind and chose to minor in Music. During her college life, she would always book herself a performance or do anything related to music whenever she would have free time.
Life-Changing Rodeo Performances
Just when she was already about to dedicate her entire life to teaching, she received an invitation to perform in the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Her task was to sing the National Anthem. I do not know if you believe in destiny, but it seemed like the next thing that would happen was because of destiny. Red Steagall, a well-known actor, and musician was in the same event. He witnessed how Reba performed and he was moved. He immediately approached the woman and made some proposals for establishing a music career. He helped Reba in any way he could. Months after that, he got Reba to sign a contract with Mercury Records. Red Steagall is also one of the people Reba is very grateful for – without him, she would be nowhere near the success she has today.
Her First Marriage
1976 was the year when Reba McEntire tied the knot with her first husband, Charlie Battles. During the same year, she also released her very first single which was titled I Don’t Want to Be a One Night StandI. Well, opposing her expectations, it did not become that successful. She did not stop working hard because of that and eventually released several songs. After several more tries, she finally released a record that reached the Top 20 of the Billboard music chart and that was a cover of Sweet Dreams by Patsy Cline.
First Time At The Grand Ole Opry
A year after her debut in the music industry, Reba McEntire got invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. It was a dream come true because ever since she was a kid, she already dreamed of performing at the Grand Ole Opry, the most prominent home for country music. However, unexpected things happened during the day of her performance. First, the security guard did not let her in until a staff member recognized her because she was not on the list. When she was already inside the venue, she was told by a producer that her spot got replaced by Dolly Parton, so she did not have the opportunity to perform. It was a very unlucky and embarrassing moment for the country singer.
Her Real Big Break
Seven years after her debut, she finally got the chance to have a song that dominated the music charts. That song came from her fifth album which was titled Unlimited. However, after her big break, she revealed that she was already unhappy with the treatment she was getting from Mercury Records. That got her to end her contract and make a deal with MCA Nashville Records. One specific thing that she mentioned about Mercury Records was the fact that they pushed her to record a song that was way out of her chosen genre. She thought that it was a wake-up call for her to look for a new company that would manage her well.
At Long Last
A few months after she started working with MCA Nashville Records, she released a new album that had the title My Kind of Country. A couple of songs that were in that album reached the top of the Billboard music chart. With that outcome, Reba was very glad knowing that people were already starting to get to know and love her music little by little. That just proved that patience really is a virtue – Reba had her big break years after her debut. For all the people who are still waiting for their success, never give up because when the timing is already right, success would eventually come for you.
New Interest In Acting
Several years after her big break that happened in 1983 with her album Unlimited, she began creating music videos for every song she would release. That time, she was one of the very first people to create music videos for their songs. Well, the fans and the critics were amazed by the output. Most of them were moved by how Reba acted in the music videos. All the positive remarks motivated McEntire to be interested in acting.
A Dream Come True
When 1990 came around, Reba McEntire got an offer to star in a film. That film was Tremors – a horror slash sci-fi movie that was released in the middle of 1990. Reba got the opportunity to portray the role of Heather Gummer. After the movie was released in the cinemas, lots of people were satisfied with Reba’s acting skills. Well, some of her co-actors were not that moved by the way she acted, but it was Reba’s very first time to star in a film and that performance was really great for a first-timer like her. Kudos!
Trouble In Paradise
With her career in the music industry being successful and her career in the acting industry just beginning to take off, Reba McEntire had a crazy schedule. All of the interviews, events, and performances took her time for her husband away. The conflict within their plans led them to fight all the time which eventually pushed them to file for divorce. In the middle of 1987, Battles thought that everything was not right anymore and asked his wife to get a divorce. Reba was crushed by what happened because even though they did not end up being on good terms, he really loved Charlie. Well, she had nothing else to do other than focusing on herself and keep on working for her career.
Another thing that put Reba in a very dark and sad place was the plane crash tragedy that took away eight of her band members’ lives. She was actually sleeping the moment it happened, so she woke up the next day to a piece of terrifying news. It was not an easy year for Reba McEntire. She had a very hard time coping up with her sudden loss. Such a tragedy put the whole country music industry into a mourning state.
An Album For The People She Lost
It was very evident that Reba McEntire was crushed into pieces because of the tragedy. Devastation and sorrow were both shown in all the songs that her 16th album contained. She gave that album the title For My Broken Heart and dedicated all of the songs to her band members that unexpectedly passed away. Most of the songs dominated the Billboard music chart. Despite the success of her 16th album, Reba still did not find a way to celebrate because she was drowning in sorrow.
The Red Dress That Went Down In History
There are a lot of moments where Reba McEntire went viral throughout her entire career. One of them happened when she attended the CMA Awards because her song with Linda Davis, Does He Love You, got nominated for a title. People were fascinated by her outfit that day – a red alluring dress. It really fitted her well and highlighted her beauty. Her outfit went viral it was legendary – it even got the chance to be displayed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. If you have time, try to look for it on the internet and see for yourself how beautiful the dress really was on Reba!
A Country Music Pioneer
Reba McEntire is one of a kind! She is a country singer that did not settle with the standard genre. She tried to discuss a lot of controversial topics through her songs and that amazed her fans. It was very brave for her to start doing that because unlike other country artists, Reba is fond of talking about controversial topics such as AIDS, mercy killing, illegal immigration, and the like. She released an album full of songs that discussed such controversial topics – the album had the title Read My Mind.
A Rough Patch
Just like any other celebrity, Reba McEntire experienced a lot of success, yet also a lot of downfalls. She experienced a rough patch when she released her 19th album that was supposed to celebrate her 20th year of being active in the music industry. Since it was supposed to be a tribute, her company made a decision to compile some songs from the past and put it all together again in the album. Some of her fans found it very sentimental; however, some of them were not satisfied. What are your thoughts about the mentioned album? It was titled Starting Over. Check it out and see it for yourself.
What Could Have Been
Such a rough patch brought her a great opportunity. The producers and directors of Titanic invited her to star in the film. Reba was very excited to accept the offer knowing that she would portray one of the lead roles in the movie, Margaret Brown. However, when she checked her schedule, she literally had no time to attend the filming of the 1997 blockbuster film. It was a very bitter moment because no matter how she wanted to play the role, she had to say no.
Starring As A Socialite
Margaret Brown was the role she was offered to take. She was a socialite in the movie. Well, with her rejection, the producers and directors had no other choice, but to find another actress that would fit in the role. They eventually found Kathy Bates – choosing the actress was a great decision because her performance in the film was spectacular. That just proved that everything truly happens for a reason – even without Reba, Titanic managed to be a blockbuster hit all over the world!
Climbing To The Top Again
After her downfall as she released her 19th album that was full of songs which were already released before, she managed to have a huge comeback with her 20th album, What If It’s You. Most of the songs in that album dominated several music charts. With just a single album, she was climbing to the top again. Another thing about that album which really pleased the whole world was the fact that all of her earnings with What If It’s You went to the Christian church, the Salvation Army.
Going On The Broadway Stage
Reba McEntire received another accomplishment in the middle of 2001. During that year, she released an album that turned out very successful. The album was titled Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I’m a Survivor. With that album, she was named as the country singer with the most number of songs that dominated the Billboard music charts. After that achievement, she made a decision to focus on her acting career in the meantime.
The Best Performance
She took a hiatus from her music career to focus on her performance in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun. She worked hard to improve her acting skills, and all of her hard work paid off. A lot of critics were highly satisfied with her performance in the production. She successfully justified the characterization of Annie Oakley.
A Self-Titled TV Show
After receiving a lot of positive remarks about her performance in her very first Broadway production, Reba McEntire opened her door for more opportunities in the acting industry. That led her to star in her very own TV show, Reba. It is a sitcom that aired in 2001 and ended up having a total of six seasons. That was another great milestone for Reba McEntire.
Appearing On The Small Screen
I have a question for all the people who already watched the sitcom. Did you know that Reba had a little issue before the sitcom began filming? The directors and producers originally created the whole sitcom and named the main character “Sally”. Reba was not fond of the idea and persuaded them to name her “Reba”. She reasoned out the fact that a lot of people would be more supportive if the show carried her name. Another fun fact about Reba is that even though Melissa Peterman and Reba McEntire had to fight a lot in several scenes because of their characterizations, Peterman and McEntire are close friends in real life.
Stronger Than Before
Well, Reba McEntire made sure not to forget about her ongoing career in the music industry. After doing several activities related to her acting career, she went back on focusing on creating new music. Her 76th single dominated a lot of music charts, and thousands of fans were pleased to see her back in the music industry again. Her hiatus did not make her any less of a singer. She returned even stronger than before.
The Small Screen Again
Her career both in the music and acting industry remained balanced and consistent. The next big thing that Reba McEntire got into was starring in another TV show. In the middle of 2011, Reba starred in Malibu Country, a sitcom produced by ABC. She played the characterization of Reba Gallagher, which was kind of the same with her role in Reba.
After releasing Malibu Country in American television, some of Reba’s fans were huge fans of the sitcom, while some of them did not like the TV show. Well, whatever their remarks were, Malibu Country still became one of ABC’s most successful comedy shows in 2012 as millions of people watched each episode it had.
A New Phase
Reba McEntire made a vast and tough decision in the middle of 2008. She decided after achieving another accomplishment of holding the record of being the female artist to have the most number of songs that landed on the Top 10 in music charts. The decision was to transfer to another management company. She ended up terminating her contract with the company that was previously managing her and eventually signing a contract with Valory Music Group. She had nothing bad to say about MCA Nashville Records, she simply wanted a new environment.
Reba’s Alleged Death
It is already common for celebrities and artists to hear a lot of false rumors flying around about their lives. Reba was put into the same scenario when a rumor saying that she passed away as she fell off a cliff flew around America. The rumor claimed that she was filming a movie in Austria and tragically fell off a cliff. A concerned family member immediately contacted Reba and told her about the rumors. Reba was terrified to hear the false rumors, but she also found it very funny. She used her official Twitter account to let all of her supporters know that the rumors were not true.
Her Biggest Fan
Reba was about to receive another huge accomplishment in the middle of 2014 as she was about to be included in the Country Music Hall of Fame. However, weeks before the actual event, her father suddenly fell into a coma. He suffered from a stroke before being in the mentioned state. Days after being unresponsive, Clark McEntire passed away. It was devastating to the whole family, especially to Reba. That made it impossible for her to attend the event. Well, being the lovely friend of the singer, Dolly Parton participated in the event on behalf of her and made it possible for Reba to be admitted to the Hall of Fame.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Just like what she did after her band members tragically died because of the sudden plane crash, Reba McEntire wrote a song and dedicated it to her biggest fan, Clark McEntire. The song was titled Just Like Them Horses. It was nothing but full of emotions. With the release of the single, the whole world knew how sad and devastated Reba was because of her beloved father’s passing.
The Home Of Our Dreams
Buying a mansion was one of Reba’s ways to reward herself. After saving a lot of money, enough to buy herself a huge property located in Beverly Hills, she purchased a mansion that had seven rooms, nine bathrooms, a swimming pool, a spa, and a tennis court. The mansion occupied a total of 12,000 square feet. It was a lovely mansion to live in. She really deserved that one after all the things she went through just to become the successful artist that she is today.
One Of The Priciest Sales
However, after a few years of owning one of the most elegant mansions in Beverly Hills, Reba McEntire decided to sell it at a price amounting to $22.25M. She originally bought it at the price of $9,000,000, but as years passed by, the property became a lot more expensive. That house was one of the priciest properties built in such a location.
Nearly Lost Faith
Let us now talk about one of the singers close to Reba McEntire, whom she already met a very long time ago. Faith Hill is well-known for being a successful American singer, but did you know that she used to audition before as one of Reba’s backup singers? She did her best to get the position, but she ended up being rejected. She was unhappy with the management’s decision and felt a little bit down about it, but she kept going and used the rejection as a motivation to be better.
Interview By Larry King
In an interview that was done by the famous TV host Larry King, Faith Hill shared her experience of auditioning as a backup singer. She shared how sad she knew that she got rejected. Still, now that she is already a successful singer, she saw it as a blessing because if she got accepted, it would be kind of impossible for her to be the fantastic singer that we all know today.
Fame In The Family
Another successful singer that is very close to Reba McEntire’s heart is Kelly Clarkson. She used to have Narvel Blackstock as her manager, and that was how she met his family – Reba and their children. After a few months of managing Clarkson, Blackstock introduced her to his son, Brandon. The two clicked together and eventually got married a few years after going out on dates.
The Best Daughter-In-Law She Could Ask For
Just when Brandon and Kelly announced that they were getting married, Reba McEntire was already one of the happiest people in the world. She loves Kelly so much because the two already built a very close relationship as co-workers in the music industry, and knowing that they were about to be in-laws made both of them very happy.
Wanting The Best For Everyone
However, after the family just expanded as they welcomed Kelly Clarkson into the family, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock filed for a divorce. It was a tough decision for both of them to make, especially to Reba, but she thought that it was for everyone’s sake. Knowing that a divorce was the best decision for everyone, she went through it and just decided to move on.
Well, it was also a tough decision for Narvel to make because ending a 26 married relationship was not and would never be near an easy decision. The two became professional and just wanted the best for everyone, especially for their family. Reba had already accepted the reality and just decided to move on, but a piece of news bothered her so much. It really hurt her. What was the news? Keep on reading!
Too Close To Home
A few months after filing for divorce, Reba heard the news that Narvel Blackstock was already dating another person. Well, it did not bother her at first, but when she knew the woman he was dating, she was furious. It was none other than one of her closest friends, Laura Putty Stroud. She was a really close friend to the couple ever since they got married.
Something Very Serious
Because Laura Putty Stroud was known to be a very close friend to Narvel and Reba, a lot of rumors flew around the world that Narvel cheated on his ex-wife. Well, nothing was really denied nor confirmed because Narvel did not speak about his and Laura’s relationship at all – that was why rumors just flew around. The truth about their relationship was kept as a mystery.
A Sticky Situation
Because of the very controversial divorce, Kelly Clarkson was having a hard time being in the middle of Reba and Narvel. Reba would always still be her mother-in-law and a very close friend. On the other hand, Narvel would always be her father-in-law and her very own manager. Well, thanks to McEntire and Blackstock’s professionalism, they decided to be on good terms for everyone’s sake.
Time To Move On
Speaking of professionalism, both of them were professional to come up with a decision to keep on working together in the industry. However, after a year of being a separated couple and co-workers at the same time, Reba McEntire decided to go on her own already. She realized that it was already her time to move on. Well, after leaving Blackstock’s management, McEntire has been more influential than ever.
Reba McEntire also started joining the field of business when she established her very own brand of merchandise that sells beauty products, home furniture, and other stuff. With that, she managed to gain more money as she found another source of income. In the middle of 2017, she shared with the media that she would finally try dating other people again – that marked the moment saying that Reba has already moved on.
Passionate About Photos
Another fact about Reba McEntire is that she loves taking photos anywhere and anytime possible. This could be proven by the images posted on her official Instagram account. Her username is (@Reba) if you want to check it out and see all of her amazing photos.
Pals With Presidents
Did you know that Reba McEntire is close to the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States of America? She started being friends with George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush when she got invited to their private cruise ship. She shared that ever since their meeting, they began exchanging messages, and she cleared it out that they never talked about anything political. That just proved how amazing of a person Reba truly is. She is so friendly and outgoing.
She Loves Shooting
Another interesting fact about the famous singer is that she loves guns. Growing up in the countryside made her not afraid of holding a gun and shooting objects. The very first moment where she had the chance to use a gun happened when she was filming a movie that required her to do so. Since then, she practiced shooting.
A Different Kind Of Album
She was dropping an album that talked about different controversial topics already proved the world that Reba McEntire is not afraid of trying anything new. That idea was proven once again when she released an album that was full of spiritual songs. The whole world was amazed to see this side of Reba McEntire.
Gospel Album In The Making
She went in an interview where she was asked about her inspiration as to why she released an album full of gospel songs. She proudly said that the idea came from one of her former managers, Bill Carter. She also shared that some of the songs were inspired by the hymnbook that she used to own when she was still a little kid.
The First Female Colonel Sanders
Another accomplishment that Reba McEntire achieved is the fact that she is the very first person to appear as the female version of Colonel Sanders. She had this opportunity when she appeared in a KFC commercial where she sang a few verses as she was wearing a female version of Colonel Sanders’ outfit.
Hearing the invitation from KFC, the management thought that it was hilarious to see Reba McEntire in a Colonel Sanders outfit, but a female version. Well, Reba did not let any opportunity slide and accepted the idea. Understanding how the commercial turned out, Reba once again did a very great job.
The Legacy Of A Country Music Icon
Ever since Reba McEntire debuted in the 70s, she has never failed to prove the world that she is an amazing and talented artist. She dominated the music and acting industry. Now at 65 years of age, Reba is still performing at different events, and she still hasn’t talked about quitting yet. That is why you better prepare yourself to see more of Reba.
The whole world was once struck by a rumor that she was about to star in a soap opera. A lot of people were worried because it was her very first time doing such an act. Yes, she starred in films and TV shows, but not in operas. Well, nothing was confirmed back then, but her die-hard supporters were excited knowing that Reba McEntire would always be a talented artist, and she would surely perform well in anything she would do.