Reba McEntire 'Thrilled' That Kelly Clarkson's Pregnant
... Michael Buckner, Getty Images While fans of Kelly Clarkson are understandably giddy about the singer's pregnancy, there is one person whose excitement just can't be beat, and that's Grandma Reba
-- known to most of us as superstar Reba McEntire
. On Tuesday (Nov. 19), Clarkson spilled the good news, letting the world know that she is expecting her first child. Soon after, McEntire tweeted her excitement to her step daughter-in-law, and you can practically hear the squeal in her southern twang just from her words. "Narvel and I are thrilled to pieces for you, Brandon, Savannah and Seth!!! Love, Grandma Reba
and Granddad Narvel," McEntire -- who is the stepmother of Clarkson's new husband Brandon Blackstock -- writes. We wouldn't be surprised if Grandma Reba
has already picked up a few gifts for the upcoming babe, whose due date has not been revealed. The fiery-haired country singer may have more and more opportunities to be a grandmother, as Blackstock already has two kids from a previous marriage and his blushing bride has freely admitted that she wants lots of kids. "I never wanted kids before, but now I want, like, five," Clarkson shared while sitting down with Jay Leno earlier in November. Congratulations to McEntire on her upcoming grandbaby and to Clarkson and Blackstock on their first together. May there be many more!Next: 10 Things You Never Knew About Reba McEntire Reba McEntire
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Roughstock's Deep Dive: A Dozen Great Reba McEntire Album Cuts
... to tell her significant other.Roses (From: So Good Together)As the 1990s were coming to an end, McEntire reached into the songwriting catalog of veteran singer-songwriter Melba Montgomery for this cut, which was beautiful sonically, but lyrically one of her most tragic. Does The Wind Still Blow In Oklahoma (From: Reba
Duets) Though most would possibly consider Vince Gill to be McEntire's most successful duet partner, there is also something special that comes across when she teams up with Ronnie Dunn, as she did on this gorgeous cut. Part of her 2007 album Duets, her final project for MCA. Roughstock's ... [ read more ]
George Strait, Reba, Luke Bryan among Bayou Country Superfest performers
... George Strait, Reba
, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean are among the headliners at the Bayou Country Superfest next Memorial Day weekend in Baton Rouge, LA. The three-day event will take over the city's LSU Tiger Stadium May 23 through May 25. Other acts on the bill include Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church and Hunter Hayes. The current lineup is listed below, though the event website states that it's subject to change. The fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest will also feature a Fan Fest and Tailgate Party just outside the stadium, featuring a Bud Light stage, food and drink and more. George Strait, Reba
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Reba McEntire (March 28, 1955)
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A native of McAlester, Oklahoma, Reba McEntire is not only one of the best selling Country artists of all-time, the Reba brand has expanded to include television, clothing, shoes, and housewares. Considered by some to be the "Queen of Country," McEntire began her recording career in 1977 and after more than 50 Top 10 singles, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Her mother, Jacqueline, introduced McEntire to Country music. McEntire's mother had her own aspirations to be a Country singer, but instead became a schoolteacher and taught her children to sing. Reba, her brother, and her sister formed a singing group and performed at local rodeos. Reba was going to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a schoolteacher until the singer Red Steagall heard her sing the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City. Steagall signed her to her first recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975 and she released her self-titled debut album in 1977.
Seven members of McEntire's road band and her road manager were killed when their private charter jet crashed near San Diego on March 17, 1991. Devastated by the loss, McEntire dedicated her next album, For My Broken Heart, to her band. In an interview with CMT, McEntire said the album was "a tough one" to record and the songs reflect that she was not in a happy place. The title track made it to #1 on Billboard's country chart and also featured a remake of the 1973 Vicki Lawrence hit "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
McEntire tried her hand at Broadway in 2001, earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Annie Oakley in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun. That same year, McEntire debuted her sitcom, Reba, which originally aired on the WB network. The series was on the air until 2007 and it finished up its run on the CW network. Playing the wisecracking lead character – named Reba, of course - McEntire won the 2001 People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series. She was also nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe in 2006.
In 2011, McEntire launched her first new stage-show since the late 1990s with the All the Women That I Am tour. One single on the album, "If I Were A Boy," turned some heads since the song was made famous by R&B superstar Beyoncé. McEntire confessed that she was not familiar with the song until she recorded it in 2010 for CMT's Unplugged Sessions, but the song went viral online and sparked the idea for a whole new album. Before embarking on the tour, McEntire admitted that after 34 albums, to that point, it was hard to narrow down her set list but her most requested song was still "Fancy." McEntire covered the Bobby Gentry hit for the 1990 Rumor Has It album.
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