Reba McEntire is one of the most popular female singers in country music, with U.S. sales of 41 million albums. The daughter of a schoolteacher mother and a father who was a three-time world champion steer-roper, McEntire began her career singing at rodeos, where she was discovered by Red Steagall, the veteran recording artist, cowboy poet and broadcast personality. She moved to Nashville and released her first solo album in 1977, but didn't break through until the traditional “My Kind of Country” in 1984. In 1988, she released “Reba,” which began her move toward country pop. Through the years, her multi-platinum career has enjoyed 34 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music chart.
While on tour in 1991, eight members of her band were killed in a plane crash near San Diego. Her album, “For My Broken Heart,” released later that year, was dedicated to her lost musicians. It reached No. 13 on Billboard's pop album chart and was the first album from a female country artist to reach sales of 2 million.
Her 17th album, “It's Your Call,” included a duet with Vince Gill, “The Heart Won't Lie,” one of the collection's two country hits. In 2005, she gathered her 33 chart-topping songs (plus two new tracks) for the album “Reba #1's.” The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard country album chart, and No. 12 on the pop album chart.
By 2007, she had accumulated more nominations for Country Music Awards than any other female singer. Her 26th album, “Keep On Loving You,” released in 2009, was her first new studio album in six years.
McEntire began an acting career with a part in 1990's “Tremors.” Beginning in 2001, she starred for six years as a single mother in her own popular sitcom, “Reba,” for the WB Network (though its final season aired on the CW). That same year, she played Annie Oakley on Broadway in “Annie Get Your Gun.” In 2006, she was the voice of Betsy the Cow in the film version of “Charlotte's Web.”
Her first husband was Charlie Battles, a national steer wrestling champion. In 1989, she married her manager, Narvel Blackstock.