Grand Ole Opry Member Spotlight: Reba McEntire
Quite possibly one of the most well known names in country music, Reba McEntire has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for twenty years, and with all her achievements and fame, it is indeed no surprise that she has been selected to regularly grace the Opry's stage. With 50 million records sold, two books published, a lead role in a Broadway musical and a television show, and her own clothing line, Reba has achieved stardom in different areas of media.
Background and Early Career
- Reba was born in Chockie, Oklahoma to a schoolteacher and Oklahoma rancher. Reba's father and grandfather were champion steer ropers, and before her singing career took off, Reba participated in quarter-horse and barrel racing rodeos.
- When Reba sang the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in 1975, singer Red Steagall told her she should go to Nashville to record demos. It was only a year later that her first single hit the country charts.
Grand Ole Opry Induction
- Reba was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 14, 1986. By this time, her music career had very much taken off with hits like "Can't Even Get the Blues No More," "Somebody Should Leave," and "How Blue."
Reba McEntire at the Opry
- Even though Reba has lots going on with her TV show, clothing line, and music career, she still frequents the Opry stage. If you'd like to get your Grand Ole Opry tickets during one of Reba's performances, check out our Grand Ole Opry Blog for dates.
Notable Hits You Might Hear at the Opry
- "Whoever's in New England"
- "Little Rock"
- "Can't Even Get the Blues No More"
- "For My Broken Heart"
- "How Was I to Know?"
- "Is There Life Out There?"
- "What Am I Gonna Do About You?"
- "I Know How He Feels"
- "Till You Love Me"
- "Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands"
- Reba has received more gold and platinum awards than any woman in any field of music.
- Reba has played many roles throughout her acting career. She played a fighting survivor in the sci-fi flick Tremors in 1990 and Annie Oakley in a Broadway performance of Annie, Get Your Gun. In television, she has starred in three TV movies and in her self-titled TV show, Reba.
- See the complete list of current Grand Ole Opry members!