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Country Music Overview

Reba McEntire

Lesson time 9:58 min

The country music industry is unlike any other music industry in the world. Reba walks you through what makes the country music business special, and what it’s been like to be a woman in country music.

Reba McEntire
Teaches Country Music
Reba teaches her approach to making great country music and navigating the business in 21 video lessons.
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[MUSIC - REBA MCENTIRE, "I DON'T WANT TO BE A ONE NIGHT STAND"] I don't want to be a one night stand. [MUSIC - REBA MCENTIRE, "HOW BLUE"] How blue. How blue can you make me. [MUSIC - REBA MCENTIRE, "FANCY"] She said, here's your once chance, Fancy don't let me down. She said, here's your one chance Fancy. Don't let me down. Country music has changed so much over the last, gosh, I guess, since the beginning of country music. It's changed a lot. It goes back. It goes cyclical. It will go traditional. It will go very contemporary. It will go almost rock and roll. But then again, the next song played on the radio is very traditional. So it's a broad spectrum of music in the country music category. You really can't put it in a box. It's very broad and so is the audience. The easiest thing about country music is that it's easy to listen to. It's easy to love. It's easy to be a part. It's easy to get wrapped up in it. It's an easy type of music to listen to. The biggest challenge of country music is keeping country music pure. Now it's been pure, and it's gone to the far side of very contemporary rock and roll music. And again, there are some who fight to keep it as pure as it can be in the country music vein of purism. So I have been a fan of all genres inside the country music category. I will say, the umbrella. I've done all kinds of different types of music under that umbrella of country music. And called it country music because the way I talk, the way I sing, the instrumentation. And I will take a good old tear jerking, slow, ballad country song-- I'd sing that in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, for some reason or other, women in country music are not accepted by singing good old country songs. That has happened in the last 10 years. I'm thinking that's fixing to change with artists like Brandy Clark, who is very country and writes very country. And I have been an advocate for that. I hope that happens. I guess the key element that makes country music country music-- relatability. They're always sad songs, there's beer drinking songs, there's cheating songs. A lot of people can relate to that. So country music is about what people live day to day. It's their lives. It's their life story all written in a song. [MUSIC PLAYING] The country music industry is different from other genres because we do compete. We're still friends. We pull for each other. It's kind of like the rodeo business. Grandpap, one time, had two ropes, and this other guy didn't have any. And although Grandpap was going to be competing against this guy, he let him have one of his ropes. And another competitor said, well, John, what did you do that for? He could beat you. He said, well, I had two ropes. He didn't have any. So although we are in competition with each other, we're all fr...

For Love of Country

You know her songs. Her Oklahoma charm. Now learn directly from Reba in her first-ever online class. Join her as she records a never-before-heard song, creates a new acoustic version of Fancy, breaks down her hits, and delivers emotional performances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. This is more than a music class. This is Reba's life, business, and country music MasterClass.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Passion. Warmth. Grit. That is Reba. Thanks for sharing your 40 years of wisdom with us.

Loved Reba, got some solid tips for warming up and caring for voice, as well as great feedback through the sample student sessions. Thank you!

it's a very good masterclass for a beginner in this business!

One of the scariest things, is taking the next step when you know you need to. Performing is a scary thing. I learned so much more than I thought I would. I APPRECIATE you REBA!


Chris M.

The best advice I've heard about when to keep trying and when to stop: imagine that after one more failure, you find success. If you would be willing to push through one more failure, then keep trying. If that one additional failure is enough to break your heart, stop.

Margaret M.

Assignment: I started loving country music as a teenager. I grew up in a northern state and mostly listened to rock before that. I love country music for the melodies and the stories in the songs. As far as defining it goes, I'll have to fall back on "I know it when I hear it." Wanting to be a part of the industry: I can't sing or play an instrument, but I love music. It would be a thrill for me to hear a singer bring my lyrics to life.

Margaret M.

Fascinating video! I found the gender information really interesting. Thanks, Reba!


WOW. What great advice about life and the business of music. We (humans) will always need variety. We easily get bored (it's a brain thing).

Kimberly S.

Now I've been a fan of Reba for a long time. And you know why? Because of her fire and confidence. Because of her don't back down, don't cave in attitude and because of her encouraging spirit and humility. The way she listened to her students sing. Her attentiveness and kindness - and her no bull kinda way all add up to the real deal. Thanks for these great lessons.

A fellow student

Gary Thomas Washougal WA In the last three years or so, people have been commenting favorably concerning my voice. Making a record that generates passive income is favorable with me. I'm a senior citizen, but that doesn't deter me as older men like Willie Nelson are doing well. Then there's Kenny Rogers: He doesn't play guitar. He just sings.

Angela D.

I went to Nashville in my early twenties and saw the cardboard box houses along the river and felt that so many people went there with big dreams that didn't become a reality and they probably sang better than I stopped singing for a number of years, I let go of the dream but continued to encourage my daughter to sing... she recently went to Nashville and didn't see what I saw... I realized that it is not about only a few being the best, it is about using your God given talent to meet a need. My father chose my second name Lynn after Vera Lynn who used her voice to encourage the troops during a war with a song called, "There'll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover..." ....her voice was needed... I think all of our voices are needed otherwise we wouldn't have been given the ability. .... I am glad she addressed the male /female issue...

Connor M.

I've listened to you and country music since I was 5 years old. I went to my first concert when I was 6 years old and now have been to over 300 (almost all of them country!)

Marissa C.

Reba, you are so calm and give us the best advice and tips to use in the country music industry.

A fellow student

Nice: two advice I will be keeping from Reba is 1) be patient and 2)don't worry about it!