Reba McEntire

About Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire has built a multi-faceted career that has transcended country music stardom to include film, television and theater. The Oklahoma native is also a successful entrepreneur whose line of clothing and home goods has become another way the busy entertainer continues to engage with her enthusiastic fan base.

Reba Nell McEntire grew up in a close-knit family that was equally passionate about music and rodeo. Her father and grandfather were both champion steer ropers, and Reba competed as a barrel racer. Traveling to and from rodeos, her family would pass the time singing, and eventually formed a group called the Singing McEntires that would perform at rodeo events.

She went to college, earned her degree and had planned on becoming a teacher, but music was always her first love, and she was onstage every chance she had. Her big break came when country singer Red Steagall saw her perform the national anthem at National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and offered to help her pursue a career in Nashville.

Reba signed a deal with Mercury Records in 1975. Though her first three singles failed to catch fire at country radio, the talented redhead and her record company remained undaunted, and it was her second album that yielded her first top 20 hit, a cover of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.” Her single, “You Lift Me Up (To Heaven),” finally carried her to the top 10 and, in 1983, she scored her first No. 1 hit with “Can’t Even Get the Blues.”

In the ensuing years Reba’s career exploded and she became a household name, known for such hits as “Somebody Should Leave,” “Whoever’s in New England,” “One Promise Too Late,” “For My Broken Heart,” “Fancy,” and “Is There Life Out There,” which spawned a television movie. She has scored 35 No. 1 singles and sold more than 56 million albums worldwide. Never one to rest on her laurels, Reba released her first gospel collection in 2017. The double disc set, “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope,” earned Reba a Grammy Award. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has also won 15 American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards and six CMA Awards among other accolades.

Though she’s become a legend in the music industry, Reba’s accomplishments are not limited to the recording field. In the early ’90s, she expanded into acting with roles in films such as “Tremors.” In 2001, she starred on Broadway as Annie Oakley in the revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Later that year, her sitcom, “Reba,” debuted on the WB network. The show became a hit, running for six seasons and earning her a Golden Globe nomination. Another series for ABC, “Malibu Country,” lasted just one season. In 2018, she debuted a surprising new role as KFC’s first female Colonel Sanders in an ad campaign for the restaurant chain.

“I didn’t have the imagination to even think all this up,” she has said of her tremendous success, “but I knew I was going to be doing something like this. I knew I was going to be entertaining.”

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Reba McEntire hints at her big plans for hosting the ACM Awards News Reba McEntire hints at her big plans for hosting the ACM Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 11:11am, March 26
Reba McEntire remembers the band members she lost in 1991 News Reba McEntire remembers the band members she lost in 1991 , Rare Country Contributor 5:37pm, March 16
Reba McEntire and her honey join some familiar pals for a night out News Reba McEntire and her honey join some familiar pals for a night out , Rare Country Contributor 5:05pm, March 13
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This newly-announced ACM Awards nominations hold some big surprises News This newly-announced ACM Awards nominations hold some big surprises , Senior Country Correspondent 10:11am, March 1
Reba McEntire set to return as ACM Awards host News Reba McEntire set to return as ACM Awards host , Rare Country Contributor 9:42am, March 1
Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher celebrate Billy Graham News Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher celebrate Billy Graham , Rare Country Contributor 8:19pm, February 21
Reba McEntire shows off her new Valentine, Skeeter Lasuzzo News Reba McEntire shows off her new Valentine, Skeeter Lasuzzo , Rare Country Contributor 10:58am, February 19
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Reba McEntire’s new boyfriend has been all over her Instagram account News Reba McEntire’s new boyfriend has been all over her Instagram account , Senior Country Correspondent 3:01pm, January 29
Reba McEntire gets real about being the first female Colonel Sanders News Reba McEntire gets real about being the first female Colonel Sanders , Rare Country Contributor 2:28pm, January 29
Reba McEntire shows off her insane closet and boot collection News Reba McEntire shows off her insane closet and boot collection , Rare Country Contributor 1:03pm, January 29
Reba McEntire introduces her new boyfriend on the Grammy red carpet News Reba McEntire introduces her new boyfriend on the Grammy red carpet , Senior Country Correspondent 7:11pm, January 28
Reba McEntire is set to become KFC's first female Colonel Sanders News Reba McEntire is set to become KFC's first female Colonel Sanders , Rare Country Contributor 12:12am, January 26
This throwback video of Reba McEntire and LeAnn Rimes is everything News This throwback video of Reba McEntire and LeAnn Rimes is everything , Rare Country Contributor 3:24pm, January 12
Reba McEntire returns to the stage where she was discovered Performances Reba McEntire returns to the stage where she was discovered , Rare Country Contributor 6:32pm, December 18
Reba McEntire reflects on her scandal that rocked the CMA Awards News Reba McEntire reflects on her scandal that rocked the CMA Awards , Rare Country Contributor 4:23pm, September 20
Reba’s new video tribute to her late father will have you reaching for the tissues News Reba’s new video tribute to her late father will have you reaching for the tissues , Senior Country Correspondent 2:55pm, January 19
Leon Russell’s wife reveals the heartbreaking details surrounding the music icon’s death News Leon Russell’s wife reveals the heartbreaking details surrounding the music icon’s death , Senior Country Correspondent 2:09pm, November 14
Reba McEntire gets real about being the first female Colonel Sanders News Reba McEntire gets real about being the first female Colonel Sanders , Rare Country Contributor 2:28pm, January 29
Reba McEntire shows off her new Valentine, Skeeter Lasuzzo News Reba McEntire shows off her new Valentine, Skeeter Lasuzzo , Rare Country Contributor 10:58am, February 19
Here's a March Madness: Reba McEntire Edition bracket for her birthday News Here's a March Madness: Reba McEntire Edition bracket for her birthday , Senior Country Correspondent 11:41am, March 28
You've got to see Reba McEntire's red-hot legs in this "Fancy" dress News You've got to see Reba McEntire's red-hot legs in this "Fancy" dress , Senior Country Correspondent 9:28am, March 9
Reba McEntire’s new boyfriend has been all over her Instagram account News Reba McEntire’s new boyfriend has been all over her Instagram account , Senior Country Correspondent 3:01pm, January 29
Reba McEntire and her honey join some familiar pals for a night out News Reba McEntire and her honey join some familiar pals for a night out , Rare Country Contributor 5:05pm, March 13
Watch as Reba McEntire and Vince Gill sing the song they were never meant to sing News Watch as Reba McEntire and Vince Gill sing the song they were never meant to sing , Rare Contributor 4:36pm, April 8
Reba McEntire tells us her pal Kelly Clarkson is a pro at keeping her kids in line News Reba McEntire tells us her pal Kelly Clarkson is a pro at keeping her kids in line , Senior Country Correspondent 2:41pm, February 1
Flashback to the moment Reba McEntire did the unthinkable on the Oscars stage News Flashback to the moment Reba McEntire did the unthinkable on the Oscars stage , Senior Country Correspondent 1:47pm, February 26
Watch Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood sing like angels on this brand-new performance News Watch Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood sing like angels on this brand-new performance , Senior Country Correspondent 10:55am, February 16
Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood face off singing “Does He Love You” at the Grand Ole Opry Performances Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood face off singing “Does He Love You” at the Grand Ole Opry , Senior Country Correspondent 5:53am, September 23
Reba McEntire remembers the band members she lost in 1991 News Reba McEntire remembers the band members she lost in 1991 , Rare Country Contributor 5:37pm, March 16
From dating to divorcing and rebounds to reboots, Darius Rucker reviews the country year that was News From dating to divorcing and rebounds to reboots, Darius Rucker reviews the country year that was , Rare Contributor 7:56am, December 22
Sounds like Reba McEntire is diving back into the dating world News Sounds like Reba McEntire is diving back into the dating world , Rare Country Contributor 2:54pm, March 8
Reba McEntire reveals how she's dealing with a chronic health issue News Reba McEntire reveals how she's dealing with a chronic health issue , Senior Country Correspondent 3:26pm, January 13