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Reba's Journey

Reba McEntire

Lesson time 09:08 min

From Oklahoma ranch girl to Country Music Hall of Fame member, Reba discusses her journey in the music business, and how she has achieved everything she has.

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Country music has been in the McEntire family as long as I can remember. Music was a big part. Daddy was rodeoing us four kids in the car. We didn't have radio. Mama taught us how to sing. So I fell in love with country music early, early on. I can't tell you how old I was. It was just always there. I think Mama knew at a very early age all of us kids had a talent for singing, had the ability to sing. I wasn't singled out as the only singer. Pake was a really good singer, my older brother. And Susie, my little sister. Alice was more into rodeoing, and she was, as Daddy called her, his very best hired hand. She was the gal that could get it done. So I don't think it's when the family knew I could sing. It was just like, yup, she likes to sing. There she goes. I'd have to say my musical influences would be, of course, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell. And because I was a part of the singing McEntire, Pake, my older brother, my little sister, Susie, and I would sing. We listen to a lot of Merle Haggard. A lot of it. I think I know every Merle Haggard song there known to man. Susie and I would sing harmony with Pake on those songs. Early on, when I would sing a song-- I didn't have songs of my own-- it would be songs that Loretta sang or Dolly sang. And one time Mama heard me singing it, and she said, Reba, there's only one Loretta and one Dolly. You can't-- because I would try to sing just like Loretta, and I would try to sing just like Dolly, their inflections and everything. And Mama said, you can't do that. You've got to be Reba. So that was one of the greatest things Mama ever said to me about my education in music and in the business. I met Red Steagall on a 1974-- it's a national finals rodeo-- when I was singing the national anthem. It was my first year to sing there. I did it for 10 years. And he was just walking around and Ken Lance of Ken Lance Sports Arena at Oklahoma stopped me because we performed there an awful lot. He stopped me, said, Reba, I want you to meet an old Texen friend of mine. And I looked up, and there's Red Steagall. And I said, very nice to meet you, Red. I knew about his music. He was the king of western swing. And so I said, I gotta go. I gotta go sing the national anthem. So after the rodeo, we went to the Hilton. And everybody was gathered there, all the cowboys, and Red was playing his guitar and singing. And so I sang a song or two, and Pake and Susie sang. And Mama asked him later on if there was any way that he could get Pake and Susie and myself in the music business. Get us to Nashville and get us a recording contract. And he said Jackie, I'm telling you. I'm just really fighting to stay with my head above the water for myself. He said, if anything comes up, I'll sure get a hold of you. ...

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.

I am grateful for this class. Especially when it comes to Reva's tips as to how to be in this business and give it your best and keep the faith. She's a great example to me now.

This was the first Masterclass I attended. Reba did a great job and chose great people to be on with her also. Super good class.

Reba is so kind, and thoughtful about leading people through the process. Her relationship with herself, her parents, and her business partners is a great example of working in the Music Industry with grace.

Great Class! Lots of stories about the music business. I wanted more. Thanks Reba!


Margaret M.

"Daddy was rodeo-in' ..." That's a classic line! Thanks for this video, Reba!


Oh, Reba, Life happens. I am going through and have gone through so much in the last five years. Trying to get back on board with life. You are so right, the show must go on. Your life lessons here are 1000 percent accurate. God bless you Reba and he has...

Kimberly S.

Sometime I'll tell you the story about how I followed God's lead and got a life I never would have imagined...

Donna G.

Thanks Reba, I don't plan on being on stage with you. but I do plan to see you next month in Las Vegas at your live show. After taking this class, I am doubly excited about seeing you perform. I am hoping that you will perform Fancy ( of course) and The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia. I have seen the two videos and love them both.

A fellow student

Gary Thomas Washougal WA The Makentire family is indeed unique. Reba shared about her mother, her advice. She told Reba not to sing like Dolly, for instance. I read Guidepost a lot, and I read about all kinds of families. Reba's family has truly been blessed. I lked the true vignette of how Reba went to Nashville to sing the national anthem and to demonstrate songs. So, someone important said, "Who's that girl who demonstates your songs. " That was a winning moment for Reba.

Angela D.

The show must go on. His plan for you is indeed the best plan for you!!! Awesome. Thanks Reba! Reba, and Pake? Such unusual names yes?!

Jimmy B.

Love Reba's vulnerability...she's so very star pretense!! Love you Reba!!

Marie L.

Probably no one is still reviewing this material, but it's really HARD trying to impersonate the BEST female country singer. I wasn't born a natural singer but was able to get myself out there and perform across the country at various casinos, even a corporate show at The Wild Horse Saloon. Then I lost my only child two years ago, and I've been stuck. I'm working at rebuilding, but it's the hardest thing for me to do...sing with a broken heart. It's hard to relax to sing when you're choked up. If there is anyone still out there reading this post, please send a prayer up for me so I can continue on my path of doing what I love to do...impersonate REBA! I was good at it once, I'd like to be better at it now...for my son. Thank you.

Jason S.

Taking into consideration that the show must go on, how do you know when the time is right to mourn enough for you vs a paycheck with the band that depends on you? Do you really have enough emotional juggle space or do you forget and leave it all to God and is that really enough?

A fellow student

"Show must go on" she is the true essence of a solid performer in a solid career