COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ® AND MUSEUM TO HONOR THE INIMITABLE REBA WITH BIOGRAPHICAL EXHIBIT

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ® AND MUSEUM TO HONOR
THE INIMITABLE REBA WITH BIOGRAPHICAL EXHIBIT
 
Reba: All the Women I Am to Open August 9, 2013
 
 
          
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 19, 2013 – Powerful, emotive recording artist. 
Dynamic, charismatic live performer.  Acclaimed Broadway star. 
Successful film and television actress.  With an unparalleled resumé
that spans more than four decades and several entertainment genres, Reba is country music’s ultimate Renaissance woman.  The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to this inimitable artist with the cameo exhibition Reba:  All the Women I Am, which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 9, 2013, and runs through June 8, 2014. 
 
           
 “Reba is the most successful female country performer of her
generation, and a major influence on many of the female recording
artists who have followed her,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “Her
achievements and accolades are almost too numerous to mention:  She has
sold more than 40 million records, charted nearly 60 Top Ten singles and
24 #1 hits, and been honored with nearly 50 major awards, including two
Grammy awards, the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year
award and the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award;
she is also one of only four entertainers in history to receive the
National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.  And, of
course, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
 
           
“It’s impossible to overstate Reba’s impact on country music, and her
contributions go well beyond recording,” Young continued.  “She
heightened production values for country concerts, adding elaborate
stages, video screens and multiple costume changes.  Such innovations
are now de rigueur on the tours of top country artists. 
Furthermore, through her work on Broadway, in film, and as the star of
two television comedies, Reba has helped to heighten and expand the
profile of country music, lifting all boats in her magnificent wake.  We
are looking forward to telling the rich, inspiring and always
entertaining story of one of country music’s brightest lights.”
 
 
          Reba Nell McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. on March
28, 1955, and grew up in Chockie, Oklahoma, on a cattle ranch, traveling
regularly to rodeos with her father, champion calf roper Clark
McEntire.  Influenced by their mother, Jackie, who was a talented
singer, Reba and her siblings Pake and Susie began performing as the
Singing McEntires while in high school. 
 
          
In 1974, Reba sang the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals in
Oklahoma City; cowboy singer Red Steagall heard her and financed a
recording session, which led to her signing with Mercury Records in
1975.  Reba began releasing singles in 1976, and two years later she
scored her first Top 20 hit with “Three Sheets in the Wind,” a duet with
Jacky Ward.  In 1980, she notched her first Top 10 single, “(You Lift
Me) Up to Heaven,” and garnered her first #1s in 1982–83 with “Can’t
Even Get the Blues” and “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought About
Leaving.”
 
          
After a move to MCA Records in 1983, Reba took more control of her
career and material and, over the next decade, produced a slew of
now-classic country hits including “How Blue,” “Somebody Should Leave,”
“Whoever’s in New England,” “The Last One to Know” and many more. A
series of groundbreaking headliner tours to support her hits
consolidated Reba’s status as a music superstar.  During this time,
music videos became an important vehicle for reaching fans; Reba’s clip
for “Whoever’s in New England” sparked an interest in acting, and in
1990 she appeared in her first film, Tremors.  She went on to appear in 10 more films, to date. 
 
          
In March 1991, Reba suffered a personal tragedy when seven members of
her band, her road manager, and the pilot and co-pilot of a chartered
private jet were killed in a plane crash.  Reba took an extended break
from touring and recorded the album For My Broken Heart.  The
record, which contained a handful of hits, including the title song, “Is
There Life Out There” and “The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” became one
of her best sellers.
 
          
Throughout the 1990s, Reba continued her chart success:  Her many hits
during the decade include “The Heart Won’t Lie” (with Vince Gill), “Does
He Love You” (with Linda Davis) and “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”
 
           In January 2001, Reba stepped into the title role of the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun.  Her bravura portrayal garnered universal critical acclaim, with the New York Times
hailing the performance as “without qualification the best performance
by an actress in a musical comedy this season.”  Fans of musical theater
agreed, as the show was sold out through most of Reba’s five-month run.
 
           From 2001 to 2007, Reba starred in her own hit comedy series, Reba
When the show ended, she refocused her efforts on touring and
recording; in 2008, she left MCA Records and signed with Valory Music
Group, a subsidiary of Big Machine Records.  Her first album for the
label, Keep on Loving You, was released in August 2009; it debuted at #1 on both the Billboard country chart and the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart and featured the #1 single “Consider Me Gone.” 
 
          
A savvy businesswoman, in 1988 Reba founded Starstruck Entertainment, a
multi-dimensional corporation encompassing booking, management, music
publishing, a recording studio and transportation services.  In 1989,
she married her manager, Narvel Blackstock; he continues to oversee
Starstruck’s many enterprises.
 
          
Although Reba was awarded country music’s highest honor in 2011 with
her election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, her career shows no
signs of slowing down:  She is currently starring in the ABC comedy Malibu Country; her most recent album, All the Women I Am, spawned the #1 hit “Turn on the Radio.”
 
           Reba:  All the Women I Am will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit’s duration.
 
            Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame®
and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a
not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state
of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the
history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern
culture.  With the same educational mission, the foundation also
operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press,
Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
 
           More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org  or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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