Reba Nell McEntire, also known as Reba, was born on March 28th 1995, is an American country singer, actress, and songwriter. Her industrial music career started in a Kiowa High School Band on a local radio show with her siblings. Her growth in the industry gave her the name “The Queen of Country” and had her songs sold 75 million records all over the world.
McEntire made her debut recording for Mercury in 1976 by releasing her first single in a “countrypolitan” style of Nashville sound produced by Glenn Keener. Over that, her release of “I Don’t Want To Be a One Night Stand” became a flop by getting 88th position in Billboard country music chart in May, which was the highest it got. After the release of her two singles, “I’d Love To See You Tonight” b/w “Three Sheets in the Wind” and “That Makes Two of Us” with Jacky Ward got the no. 20 and no. 26 respectively. For her second album, Mercury issued her in 1979 for “Out of a Dream ” which also became a great hit and sold millions of copies. Patsy Cline’s album cover named “Sweet Dreams” reached number 19th in the Billboard country chart in 1979.
Reba got to play Heather Gummer character, the first film role in 1990 in a horror-comedy movie, Tremors, and Kevin Bacon. It was about a Nevadian small group of people fighting subterranean creatures that were like worms.
She developed a strong interest in acting after the movie’s release and made acting her second career. Reba was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1991 for Saturn Awards. She worked in many following after getting set like “The “Gambler Returns: The Luck Of The Draw”, “The Man from Left Field”, “North”, “Is there life out there?”, “Buffalo Girls” and many more. She was nominated and got many filmy awards which led her to a successful career in both the music and acting field.
New beginnings in the 60s
She got split from Narvel Blackstock, her ex-husband, and after that, McEntire took over the control of her career by becoming a manager. She announced releasing her first gospel album called “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith and Hope” on 3rd February 2017 by Nash Icon/Rockin’ R Records. It was an album that consisted of 2 disc’s where one of them contains tracks, and the other one contains hymns. She finally won Grammy Award in January 2008 for Best Roots Gospel Album despite her first nomination since 2007. Her first Grammy was in 1994, and after almost 17 years, she got this.
She was honoured with the Horatio Alger Award in 2018 for Education and Charity Work. It was named after the “Rags to Riches” writer, and the award recognises leading giving back of perseverance.