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Reba McEntire

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Kiowa, Oklahoma, USA (1975 – present)

Reba Nell McEntire (born on March 28, 1955 - Kiowa, Oklahoma, USA) is a Grammy Award-winning singer and one of the best-selling country music performers of all time, known for her pop-tinged ballads that include 24 #1 hits. She has issued 28 studio albums and 13 compilations, with more than 50 million records sold as of 2007.

With a contract to Mercury Records (1975), McEntire began her professional career singing heavily pop-influenced ballads, a far cry from the neotraditionalist movement she would help lead a few years later.

“I Don’t Want To Be A One Night Stand” became her first charting single in 1976. Her first Top 10 hit “(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven” followed four years later, and in 1982 she scored her first #1 hit with “Can’t Even Get The Blues.”

Frustrated at her limited commercial success, McEntire left Mercury and signed with MCA Records in 1984. 1984’s “Just A Little Love” wasn’t much different form her Mercury material and was only moderately successful. However, another album followed later that same year, titled “My Kind of Country.” This was a return-to-roots record, complete with fiddles and steel. It was comprised largely of covers of classic country songs, as well as original songs such as “How Blue” and the Harlan Howard-penned “Somebody Should Leave”, both of which reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

In the early 1990s McEntire expanded her audience by adopting a softer, more pop-oriented sound. She became one of the best-selling country artists of all time, releasing three volumes of greatest hits collections.

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