WATCH: Remember Reba McEntire's First Big National Anthem Performance, 50 Years Ago?
2024/02/12

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Country music icon Reba McEntire's impressive performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl LVIII showcased her 50 years of experience. Before her Super Bowl appearance in 2024, McEntire sang the same patriotic anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in 1974, which was a turning point in her career. Cowboy, singer, and actor Red Steagall recognized her star potential and financed a recording session for her in Nashville. This opportunity led to her first record deal with Mercury Records in 1975. McEntire shared footage of her 1974 NFR performance on social media, playfully stating, "This ain't my first rodeo!" The Super Bowl has continuously featured country stars singing the anthem, with Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, and Eric Church taking the stage in recent years. In addition to her musical success, McEntire is known for her extravagant $22 million estate in California's exclusive zip code.

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