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Reba McEntire

"Reba Nell McEntire" (born on March 28, 1955) is a Grammy Award-winning singer and one of the best-selling country music performers of all time. She is often called the "Queen of Country Music" and is known for her pop-tinged ballads that include 22 #1 hits. She has issued 29 albums, with more than 45 million records sold as of 2006.

McEntire was born in Chockie, Oklahoma to Clark Vincent McEntire and Jacqueline Smith (a sharecropper's daughter); she grew up learning to ride in rodeos as well as play music. She soon formed a band with her sisters, Alice and Susie, and her brother, Pake, known as "The Singing McEntires," and the quartet had a local hit with "The Ballad of John McEntire," a tribute to their grandfather. After McEntire sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City in 1974, Red Steagall suggested that she go to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a solo career. Around the time of the release of her first album, she married Charlie Battles, a professional steer wrestler and bulldogger, and completed her teaching degree, in case her musical career floundered.

With a contract to Mercury Records, McEntire began her professional ...

years active 1977-present
origin McAlester, Oklahoma
country United States of America
music genre Country music
website Reba McEntire:
the official site
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia