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Student Workshop: Cheyenne

Reba McEntire

Lesson time 14:23 min

Case Study: How to convey the emotion behind your songs in your performance.

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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How you doing? Hi, I think I went the wrong way. That's OK. Have a seat. Oh my goodness, here we are. Yeah. Did you ever think you'd be on the stage here? No. Cause I passed out flyers and stuff in here, like the lineups. That was my job. And I worked in the gift shop here. That's too funny. And so now here I am with you. That's crazy to me. I'm excited for you. I am too. Well, thanks for being a part of this master class. So now we're going to let everybody hear what you do. So let her rip. OK. Here we go. Oh, wait a minute. Is this a song you wrote? Yes. Yes. This is a song I wrote called Stay. Stay? How long ago did you write it? I wrote this about five months ago. It's just about knowing that it's not right in a relationship, but still pursuing it. And then figuring out in the end that you deserve better. So, yeah, that's what it's about. OK. Now, you've really piqued my interest. Here we go. [MUSIC - "STAY"] You're like traveling around with the windows down just waiting on the rain. You're like the end of the movie that you don't expect and it's driving me insane. I want you. I hate you. I need you. I thank you for watching as I fall. But I need you back in my arms to help heal the scars. Need this to be your wake-up call. Cause, boy, you should've helped me figure out, oh, boy, what this feeling's all about. With your blue eyes and your sweet smile got me wrapped up in your charm. But your stubborn ways and the things you say got me worried about my heart. Oh, I'm worried about my heart. Well, baby, you know it's getting pretty hard to believe the things you say. It's like I'm all right with you telling lies if it keeps my pain away. I want you to want me. Don't care if you can't be here for everything. But, now, she's in the picture, walls getting thicker, and I'm starting to fade away. Cause, boy, I'm trying give you one more chance, oh, boy, to keep the right to hold my hand. Cause I've been there and it's not fair for me to take the harm. Tell me why I'm still by your side when you're not worried about my heart. Mm-hmm. Very nice. Very nice. You got a lot of those? You write a lot? Yes. I write all the time. Yes. Good for you. That's a great song. So what happened? So I actually ended up finding out he already had a girlfriend after I was pursuing him. Oh, no, that jerk. I know. He's not a very nice guy. But I have multiple songs about him, you know, how that goes when you're-- Yeah. But they're all the great songs. So I hated that I went through it, but I'm happy I went through it. Because now I have an amazing boyfriend so that's in the past, and I just have great songs from it. So how often do you perform live? I sing downtown ...

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.

My motivation at this point in the career that I have had is to use these classes to help me better teach, encourage and create opportunities for the next two generations of artist, writers, performers and technical people that have to replace me. If I have learned anything, it that the gift of Masterclass this holiday season is the best gift to those that I wish to help inspire.

I thoroughly enjoyed Reba's MasterClass although I did not learn many new things being a singer myself, it was wonderful to hear her story :-)

Excellent, excellent! The choices of each lesson, their content and length were perfect. Educational, showing her rich knowledge and wisdom and entertaining with her delightful personality and great talent. Thank you, Reba and all who participated.

Felt like I was hanging out with Reba and soaking in her wisdom from a very successful career. Really cool!


Mary Beth P.

That is 6 stars. The improvement was huge with just this little bit of feedback.

Rosalina L.

Be your best friend. Love yourself. Lovely 💕💖 We can be so hard on ourselves sometimes and this is a great reminder. Fantastic lesson.

A fellow student

G M Thomas Washougal, WA Cheyanne performed well for Reba. I'm learning guitar and I noticed she didn't use a pick. Just her bare hand. Reba had great counsel about the song. She, Cheyenne, came to the right place.


It's wonderful watching a performer reach another peak in their career, due to Reba's teaching technique.

Tanya H.

The last time she sang the song it brought a tear to my eye. I really related to her song what a great song.

A fellow student

Wow what a song! There was one verse missing about either leaving him altogether or him wising up and being better. I was left wondering what happened. Her voice was beautiful

Francisco D.

Singers as "water hose" for the audience... such a Reba classic! Singers as emotional guides for those of us who listen, who yearn, who can't express such feelings. This young singer's journey right in front of our eyes, guided by Reba was very powerful and moving. Thinking of one self in tomorrow's time is very tangible and helpful advice; as is acknowledging that last time was better than the time before, that every time we do something we improve.


The difference in the emotionality between the first time Cheyenne sang the song and the last time she sang the song was night and day. By the last go around, I had tears welling up in my eyes. This is a great song. Great advice when it comes to confidence. I think that's something a lot of people struggle with and there were so many great tips given here.


I loved this lesson! Cheyenne's song was amazing! Great advice for really getting into the song! Confidence is something I struggle with so listening to this helped me alot!! :)

Jonathan S.

I liked how Reba switched from eye contact with her to eye contact with the camera. That took it to another level. We need to know all these variations. I've been singing for more than 50 years, but I think I still needed this lesson about where to go in the lyrics. Kenny Rogers said you'd better not be thinking about lunch or what you're going to do after the show when you're singing a song. Being inside the song—that's what they're both talking about.