“Reba McEntire: The Queen of Country’s Remarkable Journey from Rodeo Ranch to Stardom”

Story by Mitchell Smith

Hello everybody. Reba McEntire was born in 1955 in McAlester Oklahoma and grew up on a ranch in Chockie, OK. McEntire took part in daily chores along with her 3 other siblings. McEntire’s mother Jacqueline was a school teacher who aspired to be a country singer. Reba would get a degree in teaching and as we know would become a singer, actress, and be dubbed the Queen of Country. Reba’s father was a steer roper and Reba and her siblings would sing in the car on trips to the rodeo. Jacqueline would teach the kids to sing and they even performed as a group at local events. Reba would run track, play basketball, and learn to be a barrel racer in high school. Along with her voice Reba learned guitar and piano.

In 1975 country star Red Steagall took an interest in Reba after hearing her sing the National Anthem at one of the rodeos. She would venture to Nashville and pursue a career in singing with the guidance of her mother. McEntire would launch her career and become a household name in the eighties. In 1991 Reba would loose 8 of her band members in a plane crash. That would lead her to recording her top selling album For My Broken Heart. In 1990 Reba landed a roll in one of my favorite movies Tremors. This would start the next chapter in her life as she would go on to act in movies and TV. Reba would be in movies such as The Little Rascals, and voice acting rolls in Charlottes Web, and The Fox and the Hound 2.

Along with TV rolls on The Gambler Returns and Young Sheldon, Reba had her own show called Reba for 6 seasons. This is one of my favorite shows. This year Reba is a coach on the popular show The Voice. Reba has been a delight over the years. I love her voice and she is so funny. Reba is definitely a class act and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Have a great week everyone.


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