In 1974, Reba McEntire was singing the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals when she caught the attention of country star Red Steagall. Reba signed with Mercury Records a year later! In 1983, she released “I Can’t Even Get The Blues,” which reached the top of the charts.
Her second album with MCA records, “My Kind of Country” (1984), became a breakout release. Tragedy struck in 1991 when she lost eight of her band members in a plane crash. The singer poured her grief into music and released “For My Broken Heart” – her highest-selling album of all time.
Kenny Chesney Then
Kenny Chesney first picked up a guitar only in his sophomore year at East Tennessee State when someone gifted the instrument to him. Soon, Chesney started writing and performing his own songs at restaurants and clubs around campus.
He moved to Nashville in 1991, where he parked cars during the day and performed in clubs at night. His big moment arrived in 1993 when Capricorn Records offered him a recording contract. Chesney released his debut album, “In My Wildest Dreams,” which was a critical and commercial success.
Kenny Chesney Now
The country star hasn’t looked back since his brilliant debut on the streets of Nashville in 1991. He has won 12 CMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year four times, and nominated for six Grammys.
Chesney’s music and unique vocal style are homages to old-school, true-blue country music. He is one of the most popular country music touring artists, often selling out venues months before. In 2005, Chesney married actor Renee Zellweger, but after only four months, the couple annulled their marriage.
Reba McEntire Now
Reba McEntire has achieved cult status in country music, equivalent to the likes of Patsy Cline. One of the reasons for her success was insisting on choosing her material. McEntire is as traditional country as she is mainstream pop and R&B.
Her powerful vocals lend themselves beautifully to any material. Besides winning numerous AMA, CMA, and Grammy awards, McEntire is among the few musicians to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award. She has also starred in the hit show “Reba.”
Shania Twain Then
Shania Twain spent most of her childhood singing and playing guitar in her hometown of Timmins, Ontario. When Twain got older she finally assembled a demo of her tunes.
She signed with Nashville Records and released her self-titled debut album in 1993. Shortly after, she met and fell in love with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange. They co-wrote her second album, “The Woman In Me” (1995), which went to the top of the charts. In 1997, her third album, “Come on Over,” sold 36 million copies.