Reba and her siblings grew up loving music in their home state of Oklahoma. Her first recording, "The Ballad of John McEntire," even included Pake and their sister Susie Luchsinger, when she was only 12. The family performed music as a touring group, the "Singing McEntires," until Reba left for college. They performed at rodeos all throughout the Midwest. It was really no surprise that each McEntire sibling was prepared to pursue their own solo careers after years of touring.
Younger sister Susie was drawn to gospel music. She toured with her sister Reba throughout the '80s and was even featured on her two albums, Heart to Heart (1981) and Unlimited (1982). She released her first solo album in 1993, Real Love, which hit the top 40 on the Christian radio charts. She's released 10 more albums since then including more Christian and gospel titles plus a Christmas album. She's been inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. These days she is the co-host of the Cowboy Church TV show with her husband Mark Eaton.
Older sister Alice Foran was the only McEntire sibling who didn't participate in the family group growing up. She's currently a retired social worker who resides in their home state of Oklahoma. While Alice has stayed mostly out of the spotlight, you can see her from time to time with her famous sister Reba.
Pake McEntire was signed to RCA Nashville in 1986. His first single from Too Old To Grow Up Now, "Every Night," charted at No. 20 on the country charts followed by his biggest hit, "Savin' My Love for You" which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard chart. "Bad Love," "Too Old to Grow Up Now" and "Heart vs. Heart" also performed well on the album.
Pake's second album with RCA, My Whole World, had a couple of minor successes with "Good God, I Had It Good" and "Life in the City." A few more albums followed with smaller labels, but Pake had his moment at the top. He returned to his home state where he currently runs a 1,000-acre ranch near Coalgate, Oklahoma.
The elder McEntire has also been passionate about the rodeo since he moved back home, following in the footsteps of their father, Clark McEntire, who was a World Champion steer roper. The McEntire family continues to be close-knit. Considering three children were able to find success in the music careers, it seems they have some strong musical genes.
This story originally ran on March 20, 2020.
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