February 24, 2011

Reba McEntire on Fame, Fashion, And “Fancy”

She’s an internationally acclaimed singer. An accomplished TV and Broadway actress. And even a best selling author. And now, Reba McEntire joins the elite ranks of famous and fashionable celebrities like Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Heidi Klum, and who have all been miniaturized and made into their very own doll.

The Reba McEntire doll debuts in November and features the radiant redhead in a stunning red dress inspired by the many red dresses Reba wears when singing her hit “Fancy.” Recently, BarbieCollector.com caught up with Reba and got the inside scoop on her illustrious career, proudest accomplishments, and doll dish. Enjoy!

BC.com: You became famous for your incredible music. You’ve also had major success on Broadway, and in TV and films. You’ve even written a best-selling autobiography AND created a fashion line called the Reba Collection. What’s your proudest accomplishment?

Reba: My proudest accomplishment was giving birth to my son, Shelby. He’s 20 years old now and I love every minute with him. I also have 3 children from (husband) Narvel’s previous marriage that I call my own along with 5 grandchildren. Everyday is a new adventure and lots of fun!

BC.com: We'd love to hear how the song "Fancy" -- originally written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry -- came your way. What does the song mean to you? Did you know it would be such a big hit for you?

Reba: When Bobbie recorded it in 1968, I fell in love with it. I would try to sing it at almost every place I performed. I had tried to record it early in my career but it wasn’t until I was working with producer Tony Brown in 1990 that we finally recorded it. It was a huge hit for Bobbie so I really wasn’t surprised it would be a hit again for a different generation of listeners. When a song is that good, it’s bound to be successful.

BC.com: Who are your artistic influences?

Reba: My artistic influences are Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Barbara Mandrell. I have learned so much from these fantastic ladies.

BC.com: You always look stunning on stage and off. How does fashion influence you as a performer?

Reba: Why thank you very much! On and off stage, I want to look as good as possible and at the same time feel sassy and sexy. If I’m uncomfortable, that goal is never reached. I have evolved in my look to stay current with the fashions of today but I still have to be true to the brand of Reba McEntire.

BC.com: What are you thinking about right before you go onstage?

Reba: Everything from How many folks are here tonight? to Did we order catering for after the show?

BC.com: What makes a good song to you?

Reba: I’m a lyric person. I look for great lyrics that have something to say in each line. I want to feel something. It can be the emotion of sadness, being happy, making me feel good or a lyric I can relate to. Also, I look for a great melody. A lot of people never listen to the lyrics so a good or catchy melody is very important.

BC.com: Let’s talk Barbie. Tell us about the dress this doll is wearing and its significance to you.

Reba: The dress is very important because of the song “Fancy”. It’s always the last song I sing in concert and I usually wear a red dress to portray the dress in the song. There have been a dozen “red dresses” in my career. The red dress worn on the doll is an interpretation of one of my favorite red dresses.

The Reba McEntire doll is available now in the online shop and at Walmart.com.

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