The Queen of Country Music
Reba McEntire has rightfully earned the title of “The Queen of Country Music” over her decades-long career. Born in 1955 in Oklahoma, Reba grew up on a ranch and was singing from a very young age. She started performing locally with her siblings in the group “The Singing McEntires” before going solo.
In the 1970s, Reba moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. She signed with Mercury Records in 1975 and released her self-titled debut album in 1977. However, her big break came in 1984 when she released the album My Kind of Country which featured her first #1 country hit “How Blue.”
Over the next few decades, Reba would go on to have tremendous success on the country charts. She released over 25 studio albums and charted over 50 #1 Billboard country singles. Some of her most popular songs include “Fancy,” “Is There Life Out There,” and “Does He Love You” with Linda Davis.
Reba’s musical style and voice helped modernize and popularize country music, blending traditional country with more contemporary sounds. She cites influences like Patsy Cline, Bobbie Gentry, and Tammy Wynette. However, Reba carved out her own unique style and voice in the genre. Her music often depicts strong female protagonists overcoming adversity.
Beyond the charts, Reba has achieved numerous career milestones and accolades. She has won 15 American Music Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 2 Grammys, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. She even successfully crossed over into acting, starring in her own sitcom Reba from 2001-2007.
At 67 years old, Reba continues to be a force in country music and popular culture. She recently released her 29th studio album in 2021. With her powerhouse voice, trailblazing career, and catalog of classic country hits, Reba McEntire has undoubtedly earned her Queen of Country title. Her influence and legacy continue to impact generations of musicians and fans.