Reba McEntire Talks About Her New Album and Staying Close With Her Family

Selena Barrientos

From Good Housekeeping

  • Country singer Reba McEntire’s latest album, “Stronger Than The Truth,” is nominated for Best Country Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
  • The 64-year-old recently opened up about her and her ex-husband Narvel Blackstock's family, including their son, Shelby Blackstock, and Kelly Clarkson’s husband, Brandon Blackstock.
  • Reba and Narvel divorced in 2015 after 26 years of marriage.

Reba McEntire is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. More than 40 years after the Oklahoma native first stepped into the country music scene, she's now known as a powerhouse singer, actress, producer, and much more.

Even with her ever-growing list of talents, Reba remains super passionate about music, which is evident in her latest album, “Stronger Than the Truth.” The album, which was released in April of last year, is up for a 2020 Grammy for Best Country Album and has prompted a highly anticipated tour that is set to kick off this March.

“[It’s] the kind of country music that I grew up with,” the three-time Grammy winner tells about her newest work. “The songs that make you laugh, the ones that make you want to get up and dance, or the ones that make you cry. To me, that’s a really good country song.”

While Reba is excited to get back on the road with a new setlist and create a one-of-a-kind experience for fans, her family remains front and center in her mind. The artist shares a son named Shelby Blackstock with her ex-husband Narvel Blackstock, who she married in 1989 in the midst of touring and starring in her first movie, Tremors.

After 26 years, the couple decided to divorce in 2015. Despite the split, Reba prides herself on continuing to have a close relationship with Shelby along with Narvel’s three children from a previous marriage. Country fans may recall that fellow music star Kelly Clarkson is married to Narvel’s son Brandon Blackstock.

“When you go through a divorce, you don’t divorce your children,” Reba says. “You stay in contact and you continue to love them, guide them, and help them. You’re still a parent.”

But it doesn’t end there. Her kids aside, the “Fancy” singer also dedicates time to calling her mother back home in Oklahoma and staying in touch with her three siblings.

“Mama’s 93 years old now and it’s getting to the point where we need to really help take care of her,” she explains. “A good friend of mine called us the sandwich generation — we’ve got our kids pretty much raised … but now we’re taking care of our parents, so it’s a different time in our lives.”

Whether or not Reba takes home another Grammy this weekend, she knows there’s still plenty to be grateful for on the family front.

“I got a lot of irons in my fire, but as much as I can, I try to go home," she explains before adding, "it’s really important to spend time with my family."

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