HAS REBA MCENTIRE SECRETLY WED BOYFRIEND ANTHONY LASUZZO?

Reba McEntire may have secretly tied the knot!

Insiders tell OK! that the famed country singer has said “I do” to boyfriend Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo in a secret Las Vegas ceremony — after barely a year of dating!

The couple first met when Anthony was Reba’s tour guide when she visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a group of friends last year. The two hit it off, and Reba even brought Anthony as her date to the Grammy’s in January.

By February, a source told OK! that Anthony has already proposed to Reba!

Reba was previously blindsided when her husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, asked for a divorce in 2015. “There was a time not too long ago that Reba didn’t believe in happy endings. Now I’ve never seen her more excited about the future!” a friend said.

For more details on the couple’s secret nuptials — and the surprise proposal that left Reba stunned — pick up this week’s issue of OK!

Cher and Reba McEntire Among the 2018 Kennedy Center Honorees

July 25, 2018 01:45 PM
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Two of music’s most iconic stars are among this year’s prestigious Kennedy Center honorees, as announced on Tuesday.

Cher and Reba McEntire join composer and pianist Philip Glass, as well as jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ 41st class. The four artists are being honored for their lifetime artistic achievements.

Additionally, the co-creators of smash Broadway musical Hamilton — including writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire — will be honored for what the performing arts center called “transformative work that defies category.”

“The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes exceptional artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on our culture,” Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a press release statement.

“Cher is the consummate star, wowing generations of fans with her distinctive voice, blockbuster albums, and glittering on-screen presence; Philip Glass is a modern-day Mozart whose works across opera, symphony, chamber music, and film define contemporary music and simply transfix us; Country songstress Reba McEntire has inspired us over four decades with her powerhouse voice and music that conveys heartfelt, heart-warming honesty; Wayne Shorter is a seminal artist who, as both a composer and saxophonist, has carried forward the mantle of jazz; and the creators of Hamilton have literally and figuratively changed the face of American culture with daringly original, breathtakingly relevant work.

Honorees will receive their medallions on Saturday, Dec. 1, at a State Department dinner. The ceremony will then take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. Honorees will also enjoy a dinner in the center’s Grand Foyer.

Those across the country who want to watch the special event can tune in on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Reba McEntire Signs With Given Music Publishing

Country icon REBA MCENTIRE has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with GIVEN MUSIC PUBLISHING (GMP). It is a professional reunion for MCENTIRE and GMP Founding Partner CINDY OWEN; MCENTIRE gave OWEN her start in the music industry when OWEN was in her teens, and OWEN later became MCENTIRE’s VP/Creative Services for 15 years.

“Signing REBA to GIVEN is for sure a full-circle moment for me,” said OWEN. “One of my greatest blessings is having had a front row seat for all these years to watch her blaze new trails and become the icon she is. Her work ethic, talent, and determination are unmatched and examples to us all. REBA has always made evident her lifelong passion for songs, songwriters, and the songwriting community. We at GIVEN look forward to being a part of her team as she continues to expand new horizons in entertainment and create opportunities for herself and other songwriters.”

Real country with Reba

by MIKE CHAIKEN

You put a country star in a concert hall in the middle of a casino, you shouldn’t be surprised if there were a lot of rhinestones, glitter, and Las Vegas-style cheesiness on stage.

And if you take a country star who crossed over to pop success during the big shoulder pads and big hair days of the 1980s, you would expect a dose of nostalgia and no steel guitar or fiddle.

Finally, if you take a country star who made it big in television, you’d expect a lot of medleys that briefly touch upon the hits and a lot of reminders that they were a multi-media success.

So, Reba McEntire’s performance at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods was not what one would expect.

Yes, there was a reminder about her stint on the sitcom, “Reba” and her role in the horror film “Tremors,” she didn’t belabor the points. And there were a couple of medleys (but they were seamless and seemed more an artistic choice rather than an effort to squeeze in as much music they can so they can get on the tour bus).

But mostly, McEntire presented a night of good, classic-style country music and gospel music. It was more early Loretta Lynn than Elvis in Vegas, more Grand Ol’ Opry than the 2018 Grammys.

McEntire reminded the audience with her fabulous performance that the best country music puts the focus on a story, rather than a clever catch phrase. Her songwriters told little short stories in verse and chorus, and McEntire’s voice provided the superb medium to make these tales come to life.

In songs like “Whoever’s in New England” and “Somebody,” McEntire evoked a context and characters through her voice. Both songs made me a little misty-eyed as I followed the travails of the protagonists.

I must confess, my knowledge of McEntire’s catalogue is entirely lacking. Except for the brief moment of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” in an early medley and her version of the powerful “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” I didn’t recognize anything I heard.

But at no point in the evening was I bored because the music was unknown to me. After hearing her performances, I wanted to hear more Reba McEntire’s catalogue.

That’s the sign of a strong concert.

The power of McEntire was that her performance made me interested in the song, her voice drew me in. And she was ably abetted by a wonderful band.

McEntire also helped her cause at the Grand Theater June 30 with the way she connected to the audience. A couple of times, she took the time to talk about her family and her career. And her approach was so intimate it felt as if each of us in the audience was engaged with her in one-on-one conversation over coffee.

Country music labels have put their cash and energy into artists that are new. And there’s nothing wrong with bringing in fresh talent.

But there’s something to say about listening to country artists who have lived, who have honed their craft, and acknowledged and represent the genre’s heritage.

Reba McEntire is a veteran act who clearly loves country music and loves performing.

And the packed house at the Grand Theater clearly appreciated where McEntire has been and where she’s still going.

I give Reba McEntire’s June 30 concert at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods four out of four stars.

“Stone-cold country”: Reba’s headed back to her roots for her next record

Since Reba McEntire released her most recent studio album, Love Somebody, in 2015, she recorded both a Grammy-winning gospel disc, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, and a holiday collection, My Kind of Christmas.

For her next recording, the Country Music Hall of Famer is headed back to her roots.

“I want to do a country album,” Reba says. “I want to do a stone-cold country album.”

“A friend of mine says people would ask her, ‘What’s Reba looking for?’ And she would say, ‘Reba’s looking for what made her Reba.’ So, just those songs that really touch your heart.”

So far, we don’t know the timetable for Reba’s next disc. Her most recent effort, 2017’s Sing It Now, took home the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album.

(You Life Me) Up to Heaven

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“(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven” is a song recorded by American country music artist Reba McEntire. It was released in June 1980 as the first single from the album Feel the Fire. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.  It was written by Johnny MacRae, Bob Morrison, Bill Zerface and Jim Zerface.

She promoted the song by singing it on famous TV shows in 1980 like Pop Goes The Country. She also sang it on the 1980 Academy of Country Music Awards.

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