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Reba McEntire

Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall. He brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, where she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year later in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983.

Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: "How Blue" and "Somebody Should Leave". The album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 26 studio albums, acquired 40 number one singles, 14 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has sometimes been referred to as "The Queen of Country". and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 85 million records worldwide.

In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990's Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and in her television sitcom, Reba (2001–2007) for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy.

Reba found out she was pregnant with her first and only child after getting sick on her honeymoon with Narvel Blackstock.
Reba turned down Faith Hill as a back-up singer; even though Reba knew Faith was going to be a star some day she knew that Faith just wasn't right for the part.
Reba loves photographs. She takes pictures of everything from family to tours and she keeps them together in scrapbooks.
At Reba's fiftieth birthday party, a pregnant Melissa Peterman performed a parody of "All That Jazz" called "You're Fifty!"
Reba uses a head mic when she is dancing or has costume changes, but prefers to use a hand mic for her performances.
Reba forgot the words to "Why Haven't I Heard From You" while performing at her 1996 Fan Club Party.
Reba has set the record for the most times a country artist has been on the cover of TV Guide with 5 times.
2007 will mark the ninth time Reba has hosted the annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Among her hosting duties, Reba has received 41 nominations and 11 ACM awards.
In September of 1998 Reba received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star can be found at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Reba's favorite music video to make was "On My Own", because it allowed her to visit with her musical companions Linda Davis, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride.
Reba was named after her grandmother, Reba Estelle Brassfield.
Reba started gathering cattle on her dad's ranch at the age of six, and competed in rodeos by the time she was eleven. After she graduated high school, Reba competed in about fifty rodeos a year.
Reba and her sisters and brother would often sing three part harmony, taught by their mother, while on trips to her father's roping competitions.
Reba got her first bus in 1982. Before that she had been traveling in trucks, vans, and cars with horse trailers full of equipment.
Reba broke her leg snow skiing on December 3, 1996.
On September 17, 1977 Reba performed at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. She almost didn't perform, because the Opry guard didn't see her name on the list and wouldn't let her in. Reba had to find a phone to call her booking agent, Dick Blake, so that she could be let in. On top of all that her performance was cut from two songs to one, because of a surprise appearance by Dolly Parton.
On November 11, 1975, Reba signed her first record deal with Polygram/Mercury.
Reba was discovered by Red Stegall at the National Finals Rodeo in 1974 singing the National Anthem. She was a barrel-racer before finding success in the music business.
Reba married her second husband, Narvel Blackstock, in Lake Tahoe on June 3, 1989. They have one child together, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock, who was born on February 23 in 1990.
Reba is 5 foot 6 inches tall.
Reba was named the #2 Best-selling Female Artist (of all genres) of all time, following behind Barbra Streisand.
Reba had a patch of skin cancer on her forehead removed in 1993.
Reba's entire band, which she referred to them as her "crazy eight", died in a plane crash in 1991. She dedicated her song "If I Had Only Known" in their memory.
Appeared on "Great Performances: South Pacific in Concert from Carnegie Hall" as Nellie Forbush, opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Reba's record label is MCA Nashville. This is a division of UMG Recordings.
In the 2005 CMT special of Reba's favorite videos, the fans voted Fancy number one. Reba also says that Fancy is her favorite song that she has ever recorded.
Reba's favorite drinks are water and iced tea.
Reba's first video, was Whoever's in New England.
Reba scored her first top 10 record in 1980 with (You Lift Me) Up to Heaven. The record climbed to number 8.
Reba has her own line of clothing called REBA. It is a collection of business and casual separates. They are sold via Dillard's.
In VH1’s The Great Things About series, Reba was called the Red-State’s Madonna because she does everything Madonna does (sing, act, musical theater, ect.) but unlike Madonna recieved critic's praise.
As a child Reba's nicknames included: Little Red, Rippy Toe, and RebaNeller.
Reba's favorite television show is Becker.
Reba's favorite cartoon characters include Casper and the Jetsons.
Reba's favorite colors to wear are blue and black.
Reba's favorite fruit is apples.
Yoga is Reba's favorite form of exercise.
Reba has always admired Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
Reba's favorite vacation spots include Aspen, Colorado, Hawaii, and her home.
Reba has stated that her dream duet partners are Alan Jackson and George Strait.
Reba's favorite arthors are Danielle Steele, Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen, and Sidney Sheldon.
Reba's favorite sport to play is golf.
Reba's favorite book is If Tomorrow Never Comes, by Sydney Sheldon.
Reba's favorite sport is horseracing.
Reba's favorite song is The Weekend by Steve Warner.
Reba's favorite color is turquoise.
Reba's favorite movies include,Fried Green Tomatoes, While You Were Sleeping, and Gone With the Wind.
Reba's favorite actress is Meryl Streep and her favorite actor is Kurt Russell
Reba's favorite food is Italian.
Reba's dress size is a 2 and her shoe size is a 7.5
Reba also won the 2001 Drama Desk Award for her Broadway debut in Annie Get Your Gun.
Reba has won the American Music Award for Favorite Female Country singer 10 times.
Reba has won the "Top Female Vocalist of the Year" award from the Academy of Country Music Awards 7 times; 4 of those times were in a row starting in 1984. The other three were in 1990, 1991, and 1994.
Reba won the "Female Vocalist of the Year" award from the Country Music Association 4 years in a row; the first was in 1984.
Reba's parents are Jacqueline and Clark McEntire.
In 1995 Reba was inducted into the hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
In junior high, Reba perfermed with her siblings. The were called the Singing McEntires.
Reba attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in December of 1976; majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Music.
Reba attended Kiowa High School.
One of Reba's sisters, Susie Luchsinger, is a Christian music star.
Reba has been called The Queen of Country Music.
Reba performed for the first time behind a microphone when she was in the first grade. She performed Away in A Manger during a Christmas program in the high school gymnasium.
Reba served as a guest host on Good Morning America.
Reba has a home north of Lebannon TN on the Cumberland River.
Had originally gotten the role of Molly Brown in the 1997 movie Titanic but because of production date she had to back out.
Reba's album Room To Breathe went platinum.
For My Broken Heart was Reba's best selling studio album, selling more than 4 million copies.
On March 16, 1991 Reba Mcentire lost eight of her band members in a plane crash. Fortunately, Reba and her husband wanted to wait until the next day to take a plane ride back to Nashville.



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