Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Unstoppable Reba McEntire

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Unstoppable Reba McEntire

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At this point in her career, you'd expect Reba McEntire to

just kick back and relax a little. Now would be a good time

for the best-selling female artist in country music history

to savor the fruits of all the years of hard work and

sacrifice -- the awards, the gold and platinum records, the

movies. Sometimes she does, sometimes. After reaching most of

her life's goals she is, she told New Country Magazine "a little

more content and happy to stay at home."

But . . .

"There's always that behind in my mind saying, `I could do

that.' That's when I go out there and continue to work as much

as I do. It's the curiosity of knowing what I can do next. What

more can I do in this business? That's what keeps me going."

Not that there's much more to achieve. As the saying goes, if

McEntire isn't in a class by herself, it doesn't take long to

call the roll.

McEntire will bring her hot stage show to Jacksonville Coliseum

tonight, along with Linda Davis, who won a Grammy for her duet

with McEntire, Does He Love You , and Billy Dean. Dean, who won

two Academy of Country Music awards (and one Grammy nomination)

in 1992, has two gold records and three No. 1 singles to his


But few artists, in any genre, can match McEntire's success.

She's sold more than 30 million records, with enough top-selling

albums (five at the platinum level or better), Grammys and

country music awards to last a lifetime. But an outstanding

voice and gobs of charisma don't alone a Reba McEntire make.

Having a good head on your shoulders helps -- McEntire

unquestionably has one of the best, with a business and musical

savvy that's admired industry-wide. Resilience helps too. The

40-year-old singer has weathered everything from her 1987

divorce to the 1991 plane crash that killed seven band members

and her road manager.

"It hurts as if it happened this morning," she told New Country.

She has also served as a role model for women in the country

music business. The female side of country has changed a lot

over the past decade; Trisha Yearwood, for example, credits

artists like McEntire (and Dolly Parton, who's worth an

estimated $100 million) with helping to establish country women

as more than just pretty faces. …

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