Reba McEntire, the "Queen of Country", first caught the ear of country musician Red Steagall when he heard her perform the national anthem at the 1974 National Rodeo Finals. He was so impressed that he helped her record a demo, which led to a contract at Mercury Records.
McEntire recorded and released singles throughout the '70s, but it wasn't until her breakout hit 'You Lift Me Up (To Heaven)' — from her third studio album, 1980's Feel the Fire — that her career took off.
Her 1982 song 'Can't Even Get the Blues', from her fifth studio album Unlimited, became her first no. 1 hit single on the country charts. And by her ninth studio album, 1986's Whoever's In New England, McEntire had earned her first Grammy for her performance of the title track.
During that same period, McEntire won Top Female Vocalist at the ACMs three years running, between 1984 and 1986. And during 1984 and 1985, she won the CMA for Female Vocalist of the Year.
McEntire has released over thirty albums during her career. From that catalogue, she's accumulated a significant number of hit singles, so much so that in 2005 she released the compilation album Reba 1's.
Outside of music, McEntire has a robust film and television career. In 2001, she launched the half hour sitcom Reba on the WB. It ran for six seasons. A second comedy series premiered in 2011, Malibu Country, though it was cancelled after 18 episodes.
McEntire's 2017 album Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope won the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album. In 2019, McEntire released her 33rd studio album, Stronger Than the Truth. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.