Reba McEntire discloses her near resignation from singing following her mother’s passing

Country music star Reba McEntire recently opened up in an interview about her struggle to continue singing following the death of her mother, Jacqueline McEntire, in 2020. Reba, 68, revealed that she initially considered quitting music altogether because her mother had always been her biggest supporter and inspiration.

In the interview with TODAY, Reba shared, “I told my little sister Susie when we were working at the house, I said, ‘I don’t know if I want to sing anymore.’ She said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because I always sang for Mama.’” Reba explained that her mother had been instrumental in teaching her and her siblings how to sing and had even dreamed of becoming a singer herself when she was younger.

Reba reminisced, “She said, ‘Reba, I will be living my dreams through you.’ So golly, why wouldn’t you want to go sing?” These words from her mother were incredibly meaningful to Reba, and it inspired her to continue pursuing her passion for singing and honoring her mother’s memory.

In fact, Reba’s latest song, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” was inspired by her mother. She found solace in creating and performing music that resonated deeply with her own experiences and emotions. Reba’s immense talent and authentic storytelling are on full display in this heartfelt song.

During this difficult time, Reba found support and comfort in her actor boyfriend, Rex Linn. She emphasized the importance of having someone to share the grieving process with and how it made a significant difference in her healing journey. Rex’s uplifting and positive presence has been a source of strength for Reba.

Reba took to Twitter to share her gratitude for her mother’s impact on her life and career, stating, “Today is #TeacherAppreciationDay, and I am thanking my original teacher, my Mama, Jacqueline McEntire. Not only did she teach us kids to sing harmony, but she also served five school districts for almost 20 years as a teacher, secretary, and librarian!”

Despite contemplating leaving the world of singing behind, Reba ultimately decided to continue pursuing her music career. She acknowledged that singing was her God-given gift—one she cherished deeply. Reba admitted, “I absolutely love to sing songs to make people feel something, whether it’s sad, happy, or whatever it is. So that’s what Mama, that’s the gift she gave me, and so, you’ve got to keep on going. I feel she’s still with me.”

Reba’s resilience and determination to honor her mother through her music are truly inspiring. Although the pain of losing her mother will always be with her, Reba has found solace in her art and continues to touch the hearts of her fans through her powerful performances.

In addition to her music career, Reba recently joined the latest season of “The Voice” as a coach. However, this opportunity almost didn’t come to fruition. In an interview with Fox News, Reba revealed that she had initially turned down the offer to be a coach when the show first premiered in 2011. She explained, “I don’t think I could ever be able to tell somebody that they’re terrible or ‘Go find another job’ or ‘Hope you like your nighttime job.’ I couldn’t do that day in and day out.”

Despite the challenges she has faced, both personally and professionally, Reba remains resilient and committed to her craft. She continues to captivate audiences with her incredible talent, undeniable charisma, and authentic storytelling. Reba’s journey serves as a testament to the power of perseverance, finding strength in the face of adversity, and the healing power of music.

As fans, we can find comfort in knowing that Reba’s mother’s spirit lives on through her music. Reba’s ability to connect with audiences on a deep and emotional level is a testament to the profound impact her mother had on her life and career.