Born in March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, Reba sang with her brother Pake and sister Susie as The Singing McEntires at schools and rodeos . Her father was named World Champion Steer Roper three times (1957, 1958, and 1961). Reba taught herself to play guitar and write songs. In 1974, she was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Country artist Red Steagall, who was also performing that day, agreed to help her launch a country-music career in Nashville. Reba signed a recording contract with Mercury Records the following year.
Reba’s first major country hit was her 1979 remake of Patsy’s Cline’s hit “Sweet Dreams”. After a few more hits, including two #1s, she left the label citing creative differences with her pop direction.
Signing with MCA records, Reba continued a string of #1 hits. Dissatisfied with her producers, she recorded more traditional country songs from her own record collection and the resulting project, “My Kind Of Country”, became her highest charting album yet and led to her first major industry award, “Female Vocalist of the Year” from the Country Music Association. From this point, nearly every album she recorded sold at the gold, platinum, or multi-platinum level.
Reba’s portrayal of characters in her music videos led to a career in films, including “Tremors” for which she received the Saturn Award for “Best Supporting Actress, and in television, including her series “Reba” for which she received a People’s Choice Award. In 2001, she starred as Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun” for which she won both a Drama Desk Special Award and Theater World Award.
In 2008, she left MCA and signed with Vallory Records where she continues to record hits including the #1 hits “Consider Me Gone” and ‘Turn On The Radio”, establishing Reba McEntire as one of the most enduring artists in the format after a career spanning more than 35 years.
Reba Mc Entire’s official biography credits her with over 56 million in worldwide album sales; 64 top ten hits; the #1 TV sitcom for 6 consecutive years on two networks; successful clothing, footwear and home collections; as well as a stint on Broadway that garnered a Drama Critics Award. Reba is also the recipient of 15 American Music Awards, 13, ACM Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards, 2 Grammys and is one of only four entertainers in history to be honored with a National Artistic Achievement Award by U.S. Congress. Her scores of #1 hits include “Is There Life Out There”, “Whoever’s In New England” and “Little Rock”. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.