Reba McEntire has turned her name into a country brand the way few other artists in the genre have done. Decades into her career, she is still staying busy with her upcoming album and various other business endeavors. Fans who tuned into a recent show on QVC were treated to a sneak peek into her newest album, Keep on Loving You. She performed tracks from the album, like the already-successful single „Strange.“ The performance was on July 31 and gave fans a chance to pre-order the album. For the QVC special, the new album came with a hard-back version of Reba’s autobiography, Reba: My Story. The album isn’t officially released until August 18. McEntire is no stranger to merchandising. Reba also has a clothing line, shoe wear line, home line and luggage line available at the retail store Dillards.
That isn’t the only new news from the country music darling. McEntire has also been announced as one of the performers at the upcoming Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. The awards will be held in Vancouver, B.C. on September 13. She will be among other big names already in the lineup for the awards, as other performers include Martina McBride, Terri Clark, George Canyon, Doc Walker and more. This is on top of her performance at the CMA Music Festival, which was on June 11-14. A special on the show, called CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, will air on ABC on August 31. That festival also featured performances from stars like Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley and more. Of course, Reba is still performing live for fans, and those fans can reserve their spots by getting Reba McEntire tickets.
Reba McEntire had the perfect upbringing for a future country star. She was born in 1955 in Chockie, Oklahoma and was raised on a cattle ranch. One of the family’s pastimes was watching her father compete in rodeo tours as a calf roper. If her father’s occupation gave her a love for everything rodeo, she got her love for music from her mother. Her mother taught her and the rest of her siblings to sing, and they would routinely perform together. She got her first break in 1974 when singer Red Steagall caught her singing the national anthem at a rodeo event. He championed her getting into the studio, and she landed a deal with Mercury records by the next year.
McEntire started her country music empire in an unassuming way, working for years before she had her first Top 10 release. In 1976, she got started with the single „I Don’t Want to Be a One-Night Stand.“ The single barely charted, but the turn of the decade started a new chapter in her career. She had her first Top 10 single with „(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven“ in 1980. The rest of the decade featured many number ones like „Can’t Even Get The Blues,“ „Somebody Should Leave“ „Whoever’s in New England,“ „Last One to Know“ and „Sunday Kind of Love.“ Along with her perfect country twang, McEntire completed her country persona with rodeo-ready stage attire. Since then, she has stayed popular and relevant in the country music scene with classic singles like „Fancy,“ „The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,“ „How Was I to Know,“ „I’m a Survivor“ and „Somebody.“