In 2015, Reba McEntire, a country singer, received news that ultimately changed her life. It was a tough time for her, but it became even more challenging to handle as she got more information about these issues. For decades, the country music singer has lived in the spotlight, but nothing can prepare her for what is to come.
Clash Of Her Life
Her husband, Narvel Blackstock, asked her for divorce after spending 26 years together. She said that she did not come up with the idea of divorce in “any shape, form or fashion” during an interview with CMT. In the older times, she often called Narvel not just her husband, but also her best friend. So, she had the shock of her life when she found out why he wanted to call it quits.
A New Episode
Reba first knew Narvel in 1980, as the guitarist of her band. Seven years later, after her divorce from her husband, he became her manager and helped her emotionally. It was the time they began a special connection that quickly became romantic.
Together In Marriage
The couple tied the knot on a boat, which was floating in the middle of Lake Tahoe in 1989. Together, they took over the music industry and started up Starstruck, their own management firm. Reba became the stepmother of the three children Narvel had from his previous marriage before they got together. She then gave birth to their son Shelby the next year, who went on to become a race car driver. It seemed like everything was going smoothly, but she didn’t really have a comfortable life.
Sensation for country music was born on March 28, 1955, in a small town called McAlester in Oklahoma. She and her siblings were brought up on the family ranch in the nearby community called Chockie. Young Reba, along with her brother Pike and sisters Alice and Susie, helped their parents with a variety of errands, such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the cattle.
Victorious Life Lessons
She understood how important it is to work hard as a young child and how important it would be to contribute. These are the principles that helped pave the way for her success in the future!
Ranch And Rodeo Reba
Her mother, Jacqueline, had her own ambitions of becoming a country music singer back in the day, but she ended up becoming a school teacher because they needed one in their community. While her father and grandfather were rodeo steer ropers. Clark, her dad, was actually a three-time World Champion Steer Roper.
Anyways, here’s a fun fact that you probably didn’t even know existed … Could you imagine that when she was five years old, Reba learned how to drive to help her family out in the ranch? She would drive her father’s truck during the winter as he loaded hay bales for the cattle.
A Family Of Singers
Her mother exposed her children to her passion for country music. They were too young when they learned how to sing. During her first-grade Christmas play, Reba had her first solo appearance when she performed “Away in a Manger.” Since they were always at Clark’s rodeo competitions, the entire family would sing on the strips. Soon, the children got recognized as the Singing McEntire’s! And during rodeo competitions, Reba would often sing the national anthem for the local radio station. Then, on her third grade, she was asked to sing at the local high school graduation ceremony!
Miss Ford Country
She was just 16 years old at that time when she won an essay contest and received the title of Miss Ford Country. Her reward was a chance to drive a new Ford for just six months. She said she had reached 18,000 miles on the road before the time had actually come to return the truck. As she got older, Reba was influenced by female music artists such as Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, as well as Loretta Lynn. She didn’t think she would eventually exceed them and be the best-selling country artist in existence!
The Family That Sings Together
The siblings performed in local bars, dance halls, rodeos, and honky-tonks as Singing McEntire’s. They also made a song called “The Ballad of John McEntire,” which was named after their grandpa, and was recorded by the group. About a thousand copies of the record were released! The Singing McEntires made two big hits during their time together: ‘If I Could Only Be With You’ and ‘God Never Cried.’ The songs were heard on local radio stations across Oklahoma, but the songs were performed live by the siblings as well.
A Model For A Lifetime
Reba also had baptism while she was with the Singing McEntire’s. The family was on the way to another show one night when she told their mother that on Sunday morning, she plans to invite everyone in the dance hall to attend church. Whatever Jacqueline replied was a lesson never forgotten by Reba. She asked the young woman why she thought the same people did not go to church. Then she learned a crucial and essential lesson, as Reba described in interviews: “That was my first lesson on passing judgment. You don’t know what other people do. You don’t know their heart.”
Like Her Mother
Reba studied at Southern Oklahoma State University in Durant after graduating from high school. Initially, Reba intended to be an elementary school teacher, as was Jacqueline, but a series of incidents would bring her to a very different way in life. So she decided to take up education and minored in music during her time there. Her life revolved around music when she wasn’t spending her time studying. With that being said, whenever she had a chance, Reba continued to sing locally. She and Garth Brooks were once classmates, and both of them became county stars.
In 1974, her life completely changed. She had a job in Oklahoma City to sing the national anthem for the National Rodeo. This was how an outstanding young lady met the country music legend, Red Steagall. That day, he performed at the same venue and was caught off guard by Reba’s singing skills. He helped her launch her own country music career. She made a demo tape and just a year later signed a record contract with Mercury Records.
Her First Matrimony
Before she met her first husband, Reba was on a different rodeo. In 1976, Reba and rodeo icon Charlie Battles exchanged their vows around the time her musical career began to flourish. Her debut single, ‘I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand,’ was released on January 22, 1976. Only in Billboard Country Charts did it reach 88th place. For the next few singles she made, she didn’t hit big success, but nothing was going to discourage her. Finally, in 1979, Reba had the chance of hitting the 19th place on the charts with her cover of “Sweet Dreams” by Patsy Cline. She’s placed in the Top 20 for the first time, but it was not the last.
First Time At The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry invited Reba to sing in 1977. It was her first performance at the legendary home of country music, so she was honored to accept that invitation. She made it to Nashville, but she was not allowed in by the security guard stationed at the door because her name was not on the list. They made small talks until he finally saw her name. Can you imagine that she almost didn’t make it? She was made aware that the producers cut her slot in half to make way for Dolly Parton after she was allowed to go in. We bet that neither the guard nor the producers suspected they were working with a soon-to-be music legend!
Her Real Big Break
Reba had a song in 1983 that then made it to the top of the Billboard charts. With the release of her fifth album, Unlimited, everything started to fall into place. Of course, she didn’t like her career losing artistic influence and how she had to produce country-pop ballads, which led her to consider leaving Mercury. A year after that, she signed a contract with MCA Nashville Records and released her seventh album, Just a Little Love.
Reba was still upset with the course of her life, but fortunately, with a new album full of previously released singles, she had the chance to exercise complete creative control. My Kind of Country has two tracks that have been Billboard No. 1 hits. The critics also appreciated them. Reba was finally satisfied with her music after a long time.
Interest In Acting
In the late 1980s, Reba McEntire was a music video pioneer. She not only sang her songs, but she even tried to turn her music videos into theater productions, complete with characters and storylines. The reviewers have also called them “mini-movies”! We’re certain that this isn’t a lot easier. Her work on music videos created her interest in the world of acting. She added another ambition to her list, and this was to take part in a movie. Would you think she had every idea that she’d be doing more than this?
A Dream Come True
As Reba McEntire made her debut on-screen in Tremors’ 1990 movie, she found herself crossing it off the bucket list. The horror-comedy was about giant underground worm-monsters. In fact, she even delayed her honeymoon with Narvel only to finish filming it! She had a wonderful time making the movie, as Reba said, but her co-star did not share the same opinions. Even Kevin Bacon called it a “low point” in his acting career. Apparently, Reba didn’t care. She was going to make her dreams come true. Even so, not everything went well behind the scenes.
Trouble In Paradise
The place where Reba and her ex-husband Charlie Battles lived was in his Oklahoma ranch. Back then, her flourishing career brought growing pressure on her family. He wanted her to stay with him at home and help out, but she had to continue to perform on the road. It escalated to constant fights, and in 1987, they decided to part ways. Here’s what Reba had to say about the divorce: “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”.
When things got really bad in 1991, Reba was dominating the scene. Her band was taking a charter plane when it crashed into a mountain close to San Diego. Everyone on the flight had lost their lives. Eight members of her band were pronounced dead at the scene. The general consensus on the plane crash was poor visibility. Fortunately, Reba was still asleep at a local hotel at the time. You could only imagine how shocked she was to learn the news. According to her, it was like losing a family. Some of the crew had been with the band for many years.
An Album For The People She Lost
The band members she had lost after the tragedy was the inspiration for her 16th album titled For My Broken Heart. Some of the songs were about lost love and sorrow. It was one of her best-selling studio albums and sold over four million copies. The Billboard music charts were managed to top two of the songs on the album while the album was able to make it No. 3.
The Red Dress
For her performance in Does He Love You, Reba McEntire and Linda Davis have taken both a Grammy and CMA Award. She got more public exposure in that year at the CMA Awards and this time for a sexy reddish ensemble. Audience members gasped audibly when she climbed onto the stage. During an interview, she recounted how her father did not hesitate to give his opinion about the outfit by asking her if there was a mistake, and she was wearing it backward! You can find the traditional red dress in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Museum.
A Country Music Pioneer
Country music seldom tackles the topic of AIDS because some people find it to be a controversial subject. Reba McEntire, however, was not like her colleagues. In 1994, she released an album named Read My Mind that included her scandalous hit, She Thinks His Name Was John. These songs wanted to tell the story of a woman who developed AIDS on a drunken one-night stand. It’s one of her works that has proven to be a ground-breaking artist who wasn’t afraid to make a social statement about her crafts. She did not stop talking about other sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, illegal immigrants, neglect of the elderly, and mercy killing.
A Rocky Path
After releasing her 19th album, Starting Over, her music career has gone down a bit. She didn’t make new soundtracks, to be honest, and only collated the original recordings of her favorite songs. This was intended to mark Reba’s 20th year in the industry. The critics did not favorably receive the album, and only one of the top 10 charts singles made it. The album hit platinum amid the poor response, though. More specifically, in only one year, she was able to turn it all around.
What Could Have Been
While the reviewers were not pleased with her new release, James Cameron had asked her to feature in Titanic. Unfortunately, due to the planning conflicts, she had to back out of the project. “They kept movin’ my schedule,” she says. No matter how badly she tried to join the crew, she couldn’t postpone scheduled performances with tickets sold.
She was cast in the movie to play the socialite Molly Brown if you must know. It was a legendary part but then fell in the hands of Kathy Bates. The 1997 blockbuster movie grossed over $2 billion worldwide. It is the second highest-grossing film of all time!
Climbing To The Top Again
Reba released her 20th studio album, What If It’s You, in 1997. This was a hit many regarded by her light decline the year before as her epic return. The leading single on this album is The Fear Of Being Alone and ended up on the charts at No. 1. How did I know? I ended up at the top, and I would ride around with you at No. 2 well. She recorded What If for charity, which ended at spot No. 23. It gave the Salvation Army, which was admirable, all the profits from the song. By that point, in her life, she started a new beginning.
Going On The Broadway Stage
Her 2001 album is known as the Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I’m a Survivor, which came with three more hit singles. She has reportedly been the most licensed female country music artist ever. Until then, she had taken the break from the industry to the star of the Broadway version of Annie Get Your Gun.
The Best Play
The New York Times notes that the performance was “without qualification the best performance by an actress in a musical comedy this season.” It was the fictitious portrayal of Annie Oakley, a wild West sharpshooter. Yet there was no limit to her acting life!
A Self-Titled TV Show
Since her Broadway stint, Reba McEntire has fallen in love with acting. She even began to do TV shows early after. In 2001, she appeared in Reba, a self-titled sitcom about a sassy single mother. This premiered on the WB and soon became the network ‘s top series. The series even earned Reba a Golden Globe and lasted for six seasons between 2001 to 2006. Afterward, for the final season, the show had been transferred to CW but received an order to cancel despite being the top sitcom they had.
Small Screen Appearances
From the start, the writers intended Sally to be the main character of the comedy series. Reba eventually succeeded in persuading them to use her name instead. She knew that she would be able to convince her loyal fans to watch the show this way. Melissa Peterman was cast to play Barbara, the nemesis who became Reba’s husband’s mistress. While the cameras showed hostility, Reba and Melissa are both the best offscreen friends!
Tougher Than Before
Nonetheless, Reba McEntire didn’t forget her interest in music. She made her 76th single in 2003 a remarkable comeback. In the meantime, its 23rd album AKA Room to Breathe was released at the top of the chart. In 2007, she won the distinction of becoming the most nominated female artist in CMA history. She also surpassed Dolly Parton, and you read it right! She began to tour with country musician colleague Kelly Clarkson the next year. Reba was back in the game, to the relief of everyone. Nonetheless, she was going to move to other industries.
Small Screen Again
In 2011, when she appeared in ABC’s Malibu Country, Reba again went to television. The divorced mother of two was cast as Reba Gallagher. She learns that she is cheated on by her husband, as her previous small screen stint.
Life’s A Beach
There, in a comedy show, she comes home to Malibu after the divorce settlement and then attempts to resume her country music career again. The series received mixed reviews, although it became the top-rated new comedy show on the network in 2012. Unfortunately, after 18 episodes, they wanted to cancel Malibu Country.
A New Phase
After recording the single Cowgirls Don’t Cry with Brooks & Dunn, Reba won her 57th Top 10 in 2008. The record ended up breaking for every woman country artist’s top 10 hits! Nobody else other than Dolly Parton previously broke the world record. After 25 years, 2 Grammy Awards, and 67 million records, she announced that she had left the record label. She then entered into a contract with the Valory Music Group.
Reba’s Alleged Death
Several news articles on Reba ‘s suspected death were published in 2012. The reports state that when she was filming in Austria, she fell off a cliff and died sadly. This exploded like fire and crushed many fans’ hearts. As soon as your sister received the story, the sister in question sent Reba a worrying message. Thankfully, after she announced that she was perfectly fine, they put a stop to fake news. Finally, she went on Twitter to affirm that she was all right. “There are so many of those hoaxes that are just going around, and I think it’s cruel. That’s not funny,” she said.
Her Biggest Fan
When her father, Clark McEntire, went into a coma after a stroke, Reba was about to be introduced to the Country Music Hall of Fame. After he died on October 23, 2014, the singer was undoubtedly broken in spirit. Fortunately, rather than the weeping singer, Dolly Parton led her into the Hall of Fame.
Country Music Hall Of Fame
As an honor to her deceased father, Reba decided to make the music video Just Like Them Horses. She also shot it on Chockie, Oklahoma’s family property. Reba said, “He ran all the way to heaven. Just like them, horses.” She had no bigger supporter than her own father, according to her.
Our Dream Home
We are all mindful of the work and effort Reba McEntire has put into getting where she is. She will reap the success of her efforts if you ask us! The 12,000-foot mansion Beverly Hills, with seven bedrooms, nine baths, a spa, and a tennis court as well as a swimming pool, was the best place for her.
One Of The Most Expensive Sales
She planned to sell it in 2015. In 2009, Reba paid $9 million, but the undisclosed buyer purchased it for a jaw-dropping $22.25 million. It was undoubtedly one of the most successful sales in the country.
Nearly Lost Faith
She was once auditioned as a backup singer for Reba on tour before Faith Hill grew up as a country artist. However, for the part, she was turned down. This segment was for Paula Kay Evans, who died in the 1991 plane crash.
Interview By Larry King
Faith claimed she didn’t get the role because she wasn’t good enough at the time when Larry King asked her. It should be fascinating to think that if she’s qualified, then she might not be around! Though we’re sorry for those that have gone, we ‘re grateful she’s still with us.
Fame In The Family
Pop star Kelly Clarkson had a manager called Narvel Blackstock. In fact, he was the one who introduced her and his son, Brandon Blackstock. The younger man proposed to Kelly after the 2012 Super Bowl, after she was asked to sing a national anthem. They tied the knot the very next year, essentially turning Kelly into Reba’s daughter-in-law!
The Best Daughter-In-Law
They had toured in the past already, so they must’ve been absolutely delighted. Reba also said 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?” For them, though, life didn’t stop. Kelly gave birth to two children after that!
Wanting The Best For Everyone
When asked about her divorce, Reba said that if she could have her way, she would prefer to be married to Narvel Blackstock. They are told that after the devastating divorce, there are several significant life changes she had to make and that she only wanted everyone to be happy and content.
Needless to say, this meant that Narvel and Reba had to end their 26-year marriage and try things separately. “I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what daddy always used to say.” She didn’t realize, though, that the concept of “moving on” with her former husband would hurt a lot.
Too Close To Home
Even after several months had the pair been divorced, Narvel tested the waters once more. Not only did he connect with other people, and he was seeing Laura Putty Stroud. The luxury real estate agent in Nashville was Reba’s best friend and the couple’s trusted friend. The two ladies remained as close as they can throughout the 26-year marriage between Narvel and Reba.
Something Very Serious
They even once watched a concert by Katy Perry! People close to Narvel and Laura described the connection as “very serious.” Although many people are under the idea that Narvel was cheating on Reba when they were both married, it remains unclear when they started going out. What do you think?
A Sticky Situation
Like you can guess when the divorce happened, Kelly Clarkson found herself in the midst of a difficult situation. She was Reba’s great friend, but Narvel was her husband’s father. Reports say Kelly had been trying to get them to stay together. Who knows, Kelly might even have managed to make the marriage remain intact for a prolonged time. Nevertheless, even years before the divorce became official, Reba and Narvel allegedly lived separately. Notwithstanding all the heartbreak and suffering, they remain mutually supportive.
It’s Time To Move On
Narvel remained her manager for another year after the divorce was finalized. After all, since 1988, they had worked as a professional team. In 2016, Reba realized it was time to pursue her own career choice. She then launched a Reba ‘s Business Inc. company that handles up-and-coming young musicians.
She has also launched a retail chain that includes jewelry, home decor, accessories, and beauty products. Most of these things might be in your nearest gift shop at Cracker Barrel! The country singer has an estimated market worth 95 million dollars. She said she was actually prepared to start looking for love in 2017.
Passionate About Photos
If you’ve ever been on her Instagram page, you’ll be able to tell her that she enjoys taking pictures. She said The Boot, a country music blog, and she liked her pictures. She’s taking photos no matter where she’s headed or asking someone to take one of her. “I love to piddle with my pictures. I am a big picture fanatic,” Reba explained. “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.”
Friends With The President
It is no exaggeration to say that in every sense of the word Reba is a lovable person! She also got a knack for getting along with everyone she meets. Most of her associates are prominent people like George W. Bush’s 43rd POTUS and George W. Bush’s 41st POTUS. “We e-mail each other on our Treos all the time — nothing political, just passing jokes back and forth,” she once said. “He’s really into 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 isn’t that different from the typical country girl, so it comes as no surprise that she likes guns and shoots them! She clarified that she didn’t know how to shoot when she was a little child. She actually got some shooting lessons later while she was filming a movie. She added, “When I found out that I was going to do a movie called ‘Buffalo Girls’ with Anjelica Huston several years prior to 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 Album
The first gospel album of Reba’s, called Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, was released on February 3, 2017. The album came with two discs. Two disks come from the album. Another was packed with more traditional hymns, while the other one carried her original songs.
The Making Of A Gospel Album
She explained that her former manager, Bill Carter, was inventing the idea of making a gospel album. It was her 28th album, and over the years, it was filled with her favorite songs. Her childhood hymn book also influenced her!
The First Female Colonel Sanders
Reba McEntire was also a fast-food industry leader when she was cast in an initial KFC advertisement in January 2018, becoming the first-ever female Colonel Sanders. The marketing of their new product called “Smoky Mountain BBQ” became part of the release. She sang, covering herself in the outfit of the colonel, threw a hat at the crowd who exists on top of the actual Reba.
No one denies it was a quite absurd concept, but she had no doubts whatsoever. Once it was offered to her, Reba told reporters how she felt: “Absolutely I want to do that. Who wouldn’t want to be the first female Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel?” She had a blast with the extraordinary experience presented to her. “It feels very good,” she commented. “And my goatee tickles a little bit … and my mustache. But I am a pretty good looking gray-haired man.”
The Legacy Of A Country Music Icon
Reba McEntire has been active in the industry ever since the 1970s, though she has yet to show any interest in stopping soon! She has 29 studio albums, 16 No. 1 albums, and 40 No. 1 singles with her name. Moreover, 28 of her albums were made from gold, platinum, or even platinum. We don’t know what Reba’s future holds, but we trust that it will be even better than before.
Word on the street is that she’s shopping around a new TV series described as a “southern gothic soap opera.” Let’s hope that she will live up to her other works in the past! That’s a lot of work, but we’re confident she ‘s capable of doing just about everything that’s thrown her way.