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Reba McEntire’s Influence on Her Family and Children

Reba McEntire is not just a superstar. She’s also a dedicated mother whose career path and strong work ethic have undoubtedly influenced her daughters.

Reba’s success in the entertainment industry has inspired her family members and influenced their career choices. Her son Shelby is a musician and her stepson Brandon Blackstock is a talent manager.

From becoming a stepmom to her ex-husband Narvel’s children to welcoming her own son with him, Reba’s love and care extend beyond the stage.

Her warmth and affection make her stepchildren feel like her own, and her presence has left a lasting mark on her family’s story.

But how exactly has Reba shaped their lives, and what does this reveal about the McEntire family dynamic?

Reba McEntire Family

Reba McEntire comes from a close-knit family.

Her parents were Clark Vincent McEntire (1927-2014) and Jacqueline Smith McEntire (1926-2020). Clark was a rodeo champion while Jacqueline had dreams of becoming a country singer herself.

Reba Father and Mother
Reba’s Father and Mother

Reba’s has three siblings:

Susie McEntire-Eaton (sister)

Pake McEntire (brother)

Alice Foran (sister)

All three of her siblings are also musically inclined. They even formed a singing group called “The Singing McEntires” when Reba was young, performing at local events.

Reba has one son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock (born 1990), with her ex-husband Narvel Blackstock.

Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock
Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock/ Getty Images

At the time, the Grammy winner became a mother figure to his two then-teenage sons, Lance Battles and Coty Battles. Even after the duo split in 1987, Reba maintained a relationship with the boys.

Through her marriage to Narvel Blackstock, Reba gained three stepchildren: Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon Blackstock. She considers them all very close family and her stepchildren’s children to be her grandchildren.

Reba Influence

The McEntires are a musical family. Reba’s siblings performed with her as children, and her son Shelby is also musically inclined. This shared passion for music likely fosters a strong bond and mutual influence.

On Sister Susie McEntire-Eaton

Reba McEntire’s influence on her sister Susie McEntire-Eaton likely goes both ways, but their bond is primarily built on shared passion and mutual support.

Reba’s early success in country music inspired Susie to pursue a singing career as well. They even performed together as teenagers alongside their siblings in “The Singing McEntires.”

Reba's Sister Susie McEntire-Eaton
Reba’s Sister Susie McEntire-Eaton

While both sisters sing, their musical styles differ. Reba became the “Queen of Country” with a powerful voice and mainstream appeal. Susie carved a niche in Christian contemporary music, known for her faith-based lyrics and storytelling. Their paths demonstrate individuality despite a shared love for music.

There’s evidence of a strong, supportive relationship. Susie has spoken about Reba’s influence in her life but emphasizes her own faith journey and musical direction. Reba, in turn, has expressed her pride in Susie’s accomplishments.

How Reba Inspired Her Children

Reba McEntire’s legacy extends far beyond her chart-topping hits and rhinestone fringe.

As a mother figure to her son, Shelby, and her stepdaughters, Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon Blackstock’s children, she’s a constant source of inspiration. Here’s how Reba’s success and work ethic likely influence her children:

Reba’s immense work ethic sets a powerful example. Witnessing her dedication to her craft, the long hours spent writing, recording, and touring, instilled a strong work ethic in her children. It demonstrates the value of perseverance and commitment to achieving goals.

Growing up surrounded by music, and immersed in Reba’s world, undoubtedly sparked a passion for music in Shelby, who himself is a musician. Witnessing their mother’s love for music can ignite a similar passion in children.

Reba’s success in a demanding industry showcases confidence and strength. Seeing their mother navigate the challenges of the entertainment world can inspire her children to pursue their own dreams with courage and resilience.

Despite her busy career, Reba prioritizes family. This sends a strong message to her children about the importance of maintaining strong family bonds

Here’s a breakdown of how this influence might manifest in each child’s life:

  • Shelby McEntire Blackstock: Shelby’s career choice as a musician suggests a direct influence from Reba’s musical passion. He may also be inspired by her work ethic and dedication to his craft.
  • Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon Blackstock’s Children: While their career paths may not directly mirror Reba’s, they likely benefit from her emphasis on hard work and pursuing dreams with confidence.

Reba’s success and strong work ethic undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration for them.

Step Daughter Shawan

Shawna was born in 1973 to Narvel, her father, and his first wife, Elisa, whom he married in the same year. She became Reba’s stepdaughter when her father married the country singer in 1989.

Despite her father’s fame as a music manager and TV producer, Shawna mostly stayed out of the public eye throughout her life. While she is active on social media, particularly Instagram, her account is private, allowing only friends and family to follow her.

In a heartwarming gesture, the star of “Reba” considers the children of the TV producer, including Shawna, as her own flesh and blood. In a 2010 interview with The Boot, she expressed, “I don’t consider Brandon, Chassidy, and Shawna stepchildren. I claim them all.”

Although she loves being a stepmother to five remarkable children, the singer of “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” experienced immense joy when she and Narvel welcomed their first and only child together, son Shelby Blackstock, in 1990. Reba and Narvel parted ways with a divorce in 2015.

Birthchild Shelby Blackstock

Shelby Blackstock, son of Reba McEntire, carved his own path in the world of motorsports, not following in his mother’s musical footsteps. Here’s a breakdown of his racing career:

His passion for racing ignited in college, leading him to attend the Bob Bondurant race school. He then made the bold decision to drop out and pursue racing full-time with his family’s support.

His professional debut came in 2011 driving a Ford Mustang in a sports car challenge. He also competed in the Skip Barber National Championship and later moved to the U.S. F2000 National Championship with Andretti Autosport. The Indy Lights series followed in 2015. While podium finishes weren’t abundant, he displayed consistency with only a few DNFs (Did Not Finish).

Screenhot from People website
Source: People

In 2019, Shelby transitioned to touring car racing, participating in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. He achieved a respectable 4th place finish in points that year.

A major highlight came in 2020 when Shelby, co-driving with Trent Hindman, won the GT World Challenge America Overall Championship in an Acura NSX. This victory showcased his talent and dedication to the sport.

While Shelby may not be a household name yet, his achievements in motorsports are impressive. He’s carved out a successful career, demonstrating dedication and a willingness to adapt within the racing world.

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Conclusion

  • Reba McEntire is more than just a country music icon. She’s a role model who has nurtured independent, strong women.
  • Her children, though walking their own paths, carry the torch of McEntire spirit – a spirit built on hard work, family values, and a deep respect for their Oklahoma roots.
  • In doing so, Reba has redefined the concept of a country music matriarch, proving that success can be built with grit, talent, and a whole lot of love.
  • Reba McEntire’s influence on her family goes beyond a shared love of music or a strong work ethic.
  • She has instilled in them the values of self-reliance, perseverance, and above all, the importance of family.

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