Hailing from Oklahoma, Reba McEntire followed in her mother's footsteps by majoring in elementary education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. While there, she participated in the Chorvettes, a campus singing and dancing group.
Recognized early for her singing ability, McEntire was invited to sing at a high school graduation when she was in third grade. Her singing debut came two years prior when she sung "Away in a Manger" for a school play. While singing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in 1974, country star Red Steagall discovered McEntire's talent. A year later she signed with Nashville’s Mercury-PolyGram Records.
Three years after McEntire debuted her first single, she made it into the Top 10 country songs. With a Grand Ole Opry debut in 1977, she joined the Opry in 1986. As the only female country singer to have a number one hit four decades in a row, she signed onto the Nash Icon label in October 2014.
Growing up, it was McEntire's duty to castrate bulls. With her two sisters, she brought buckets full of bull testicles to her mom, who would then fry them up for the family to consume. In addition to singing, she enjoys photography, trap and skeet shooting, and traveling. She is friends with former President George H.W. Bush,