Trivia

  • Her sister, Susie Luchsinger, (Susie McEntire) is a Christian music star.
  • Was James Cameron’s first choice to play “the unsinkable” Molly Brown in Titanic (1997). But she had to decline because her touring schedule overlapped the filming date.
  • 1991: Her entire band died in a plane crash.
  • 1993: Had a patch of skin cancer on her forehead removed.
  • 1996 tour statistics: 16 trucks, 7 buses, 1 jet, 100 dates (12,500 per date) concerts, 200-foot expandable stages, 3 separate performance areas, 10 dancers, 5 video cameras, 6 video screens, 96-person crew, 40 tons of equipment.
  • 2000: Named the #2 Best-selling Female Artist (of all genres) of All Time, following Barbra Streisand.
  • 2000: Named the #1 Best-selling Female Country Singer of All Time.
  • Attended Kiowa High School and Southeastern State University.
  • Her first public performance was “Away In a Manger” for a first-grade Christmas production.
  • Majored in Elementary Education and minored in Music.
  • Daughter of Jacqueline (11/6/1926) and Clark McEntire (11/30/1927).
  • Sister of Alice Foran (born December 3, 1951), Pake McEntire (born June 23, 1953) and Susie Luchsinger (born November 8, 1957) (Susie McEntire).
  • Has won two Grammy Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards (for singing and acting), seven CMA (Country Music Association) Awards (including an unprecedented Female Vocalist of the Year four years in a row), two Country Radio Awards, 11 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards (including an unprecedented Top Female Vocalist seven times), 14 American Music Awards (including an unprecedented Favorite Female Country Singer 10 times), five TNN/Music City News Awards, three International Awards and the 2001 Drama Desk Award for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun”.
  • 1995: Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
  • Her father, Clark McEntire (1927-2014), was world steer roping champion for the years 1957-1958 and 1961. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the Rodeo Historical Society (a support group of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in 1988.
  • Her grandfather, John Wesley McEntire (1897-1976), was world steer roping champion for 1934 and was also a calf roper. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the Rodeo Historical Society (a support group of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in 1984.
  • At one time, she was classmates with Garth Brooks in Oklahoma.
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 18, 1998.
  • Was a bridesmaid in her Reba co-star, JoAnna Garcia Swisher’s wedding.
  • Was a serious basketball player as a young girl.
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in March 2011.
  • Her stepson, Brandon Blackstock, is married to her good friend, Kelly Clarkson.
  • Is a staunch conservative Republican.
  • Did her own rendition on the 1973 Billboard hit song “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” that was sung by comedienne/singer Vicki Lawrence, in the early 1990s, the two ladies sang a duet of that song.
  • She was awarded a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2006.
  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son named Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock (aka Shelby Blackstock) on February 23, 1990. Child’s father is her now ex-2nd husband, Narvel Blackstock.