All the Women I Am (2010)
Behind the Scene (1983)
Feel the Fire (1980)
For My Broken Heart (1991)
Have I Got a Deal for You (1985)
Heart to Heart (1981)
If You See Him (1998)
I’ll Be (2000)
It’s You Call (1992)
Just a Little Love (1984)
Keep On Loving You (2009)
Love Somebody (2015)
Merry Christmas to You (1987)
My Kind of Christmas (2017)
My Kind of Country (1984)
Out of a Dream (1979)
Read My Mind (1994)
Reba Duets (2007)
Reba Live (1989)
Reba McEntire (1977)
Reba Nell McEntire (1986)
Room to Breathe (2003)
Rumor Has It (1990)
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (2017)
So Good Together (1999)
Starting Over (1995)
Sweet Sixteen (1989)
The Last One to Know (1987)
The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection (1999)
What Am I Gonna Do About You (1986)
What If It’s You – 1996
Whoever’s in New England (1986)
Reba Nell McEntire
Kiowa High School
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Country Music Hall of Fame
Grand Ole Opry
Reba McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. Her mother inspired her and her siblings Susie and Pake to pursue music as they’d often sing on long road trips to their father’s rodeos. While the eldest sibling, Alic did not purse music the other three formed a country group, the Kiowa High School Cowboy Band. The group turned into the Singing McEntires and performed at rodeos.
McEntire went to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1973. While attending the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City on December 10, 1974, she sang the national anthem on network television. At the rodeo country star Red Steagall was also in attendance and was impressed by McEntire. He asked her to come to Nashville to record demos. Ultimately it led her to signing a record deal with Mercury Records in November 1975. She released her first single, “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand” in 1976 which made an appearance on the Billboard country singles chart.
McEnitire’s second single, "(There's Nothing Like the Love) Between a Woman and a Man" peaked at number 86 in March 1977. Her third single, "Glad I Waited Just for You," recorded on April 13, 1977, peaked at number 88 in August, the same month Mercury released her debut album, Reba McEntire, which did not chart. On September 17, 1977, she made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
McEntire continued recording and worked with Jacky Ward for a two-sided single "Three Sheets in the Wind"/"I'd Really Love to See You Tonight.” She began touring as an opening act for Steagall, Ward, and others. Her single "Last Night, Ev'ry Night," reached number 28. She first got into the Top 20 with her cover of the Patsy Cline hit "Sweet Dreams," which peaked at number 19 in November 1979.
McEntire reached the Top Ten for the first time with "(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven," which peaked at number eight in August 1980. In 1980 she released her third album, Feel the Fire. She then reached the top 5 with “Today All Over Again" in October 1981 off her fourth album, Heart to Heart. McEntire reached number 3 on the singles chart in August 1982 with "I'm Not That Lonely Yet” off her fifth album, Unlimited in 1982. Unlimited also contained singles "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving" which both hit number 1.
After releasing her sixth album for Mercury, Behind the Scene in September 1983, she signed to MCA Records. McEntire took hold on her sound for the release My Kind of Country in November 1984, which had covers of old country songs previously performed by Ray Price, Carl Smith, Connie Smith and Faron Young. McEntire was named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association on October 8, 1984.
McEntire’s single "How Blue" hit number one in January 1985, followed by the second single from My Kind of Country, "Somebody Should Leave." McEntire then started headlining shows and produced on her next album Have I Got a Deal for You. It went gold and McEntire earned her second consecutive CMA award as Female Vocalist of the Year. On January 14, 1986 she became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
In the 1980s, McEntire began to sing and write songs about the concerns of modern women. Case in point was the single "Whoever's in New England," which was also her first music video. The track reached number one in May 1986 and began a string of hits. The album Whoever's in New England, eventually went platinum. In 1986 she also released What Am I Gonna Do About You which went gold along with more chart-topping singles. Then on October 13, 1986, McEntire won her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Award from the CMA and was named Entertainer of the Year. In 1987, she won her first GRAMMY Award for Country Female Vocal for "Whoever's in New England." In April she released Reba McEntire's Greatest Hits and eventually sold over three million copies
McEntire's released The Last One to Know and a single of the same name which went number 1 in December 1987. The album featured the number one hit "Love Will Find Its Way to You," and eventually went platinum. McEntire once again won the CMA award as Female Vocalist of the Year in October 1987 (her fourth). To wrap an already impressive year she released a holiday album in November which sold two million copies. In May 1988 she released the pop-oriented album, Reba with chart-topping singles "I Know How He Feels" and "New Fool at an Old Game.” In 1988 McEntire founded Starstruck Entertainment, a company that handled management, booking, publishing and eventually represented other artists as well.
In May 1989 McEntire released her fourteenth regular studio album, Sweet Sixteen. The leadoff single was a cover of the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown." It hit number one and it was followed by three Top Ten hits, "'Til Love Comes Again," "Little Girl," and "Walk On." That same year in September McEntire released Live.
McEntire went on tour in May 1990 and released her next album, Rumor Has It, in September accompanied with single "You Lie," a number one hit. Three additional singles from the album reached top ten and the album eventually sold three million copies. Her next album, For My Broken Heart was dedicated to her former band members and road manager who died in a tragic plane crash. This album also became a hit. It went gold and platinum simultaneously after its release and eventually sold four million copies. Its singles included the number one track "Is There Life Out There." In 1991 McEntire co-starred in the TV mini-series The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw. McEntire’s seventeenth album, It's Your Call eventually went triple platinum and it was also her first top ten pop album. Its biggest single was a duet with Vince Gill which went number one in April 1993, "The Heart Won't Lie." McEntire's has another chart-topping duet, this time with Linda Davis: “Does He Love You.” It hit number one in November 1993 "Does He Love You" won a second GRAMMY for McEntire, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. It also won a CMA award for Vocal Event.
In April 1994 McEntire released her 18th regular studio album, Read My Mind. The album was another hit triple platinum with five country chart singles. McEntire also kept up her acting career with parts in feature films North and The Little Rascals. She also executive produced and starred in the TV movie Is There Life Out There? and published her autobiography, Reba: My Story.
McEntire's released her 19th album, Starting Over, in October 1995. The collection of covers marked the 20th anniversary of her recording career. It topped both country and pop charts and earned her a top ten hit, a revival of Lee Greenwood's "Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands," and multi-platinum certification for the album. With her music career in full swing, she also managed to star in the TV mini-series, Buffalo Gals, where she portrayed Annie Oakley. In 1996 she released her twentieth album, What If It's You, in November. The album had four top 20 hits including “How Was I to Know” which reached number one.
While McEntire took 1997 off from recording an album, in 1998 she released number 1 single "If You See Him/If You See Her" with Brooks & Dunn and then released her 21st album, If You See Him. The album had three additional top ten hits.
In May 1999 McEntire published her second book of memoirs, Comfort from a Country Quilt. That same fall she put out two new albums: Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection and the platinum-selling So Good Together, featuring top five hits “What Do You Say” and “I’ll Be.”
McEntire didn’t release an album in 2000, but in 2001 she took on Broadway. She stepped in for the revival of Annie Get Your Gun in the title role of Annie Oakley. She earned rave reviews and she was given special awards for her performance by the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World. Aside from Broadway, McEntire also launched her own half-hour sitcom, Reba.
While her successful telelvision series went on through 2007, she continued making records when she could. In 2001 she released “I’m A Survivor” (also the show’s theme song) which hit the country top five and accompanied her Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: I’m a Survivor release. In summer she released "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain," which peaked in the country Top 20. In November of 2003 she came out with her 23rd regular studio album, Room to Breathe. The album’s second single, "Somebody," went to number one and also included singles "He Gets That from Me," and "My Sister."
In 2005 McEntire appeared in a special concert version of South Pacific, performed at Carnegie Hall and debuted on PBS in 2006.
Also in November 2005, through MCA McEntire released her first hits collection, the set Reba: #1's, with two new tracks. The set went platinum. After her television show ended in February 2007 she toured the U.S. through the summer. Then on September 18, 2007, she released a new album, Reba Duets, featuring an array of stars such as Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Carole King, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, and Trisha Yearwood. For the week ending October 6, 2007, Reba Duets became McEntire's first album ever to enter the pop charts at number one.
In October 2008 McEntire released the three-disc set 50 Greatest Hits. She then signed on with Valory Music, leading to her next album in August 2009 – Keep on Loving You. It hit number one on the Billboard pop chart. In summer of 2010 she released the single "Turn on the Radio", which hit Top 30 on Billboard's country chart. Also in fall 2010 she released the album All the Women I Am.
McEntire returned to television when she starred in the 2012 sitcom Malibu Country for one season. In 2015, she signed with Big Machine's Nash Icon subsidiary and released Love Somebody. Early in 2017, McEntire put out Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, a double-disc inspirational album with hymns and contemporary material.