Reba McEntire

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Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer. She is one of the best-selling country performers in history and has had many hits that have crossed over to the pop charts. She has sold over 45 millions albums total in the United States.

McEntire was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Her father was a professional bull rider. She grew up in the country, riding horses, competing in rodeos, and playing music. Her first band consisted of her two sisters and brother. McEntire went to Nashville and signed with Mercury Records. She began her music career singing hard core honky tonk music. This style didn’t go over too well with audiences, however, because the music at that time was dominated by outlaw country stars like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and David Allan Coe.

She married Charlie Battles in 1978 and finally began recording single that reached the charts. She changed her music style to a more pop oriented sound, signed with MCA Records, and her music career took off. She was voted Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association a record four times in a row, she has a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame, and is a member of the Western Performers Hall of Fame. Some of her hit song’s include "If You See Him," "Fancy," "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," and "Why Haven’t I Heard From You."

She divorced Battles in 1987 and remarried to Narvel Blackstock and continued her career. Reba is still producing hits today and even has a hit television show: Reba. She has also had supporting roles in several movies such as ‘’emors' and starred in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun. She has a fifteen year old son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock.