Reba, country music’s queen, will play the Canfield Fair
Country music always has a queen and over the years the “title” has been held by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, June Carter Cash and Reba. And although Reba hasn’t released a studio album since 2010’s “All The Women I Am,” she still holds the title over other big names like Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Reba proved why she still holds the crown during her All The Women I Am tour where she was ranked the number one female country touring artist by both Pollstar and Billboard’s Boxscore. During that 2011 tour she sold a combined total of nine million tickets. Her single from the “All The Women I Am” album “Turn on the Radio,” was her 64th Top 10 hit and her 35th number one, making her the biggest female hit-maker in country music history.
Not only has she been a top tour draw but she is also a major influence on many of today’s female artists, including Swift and Underwood. She has also influenced award winners Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, and daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson.
Over her career, which began in 1975, she has sold over 56 million albums worldwide making her one of the most successful female recording artists in history. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
During her four decades of success she has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 ACM Awards; nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards, and two Grammys. She has also received the ACM Career Achievement Honor and is one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. She was the singer to win the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year award four consecutive times. Reba now shares the title with Lambert, who won her fourth straight in 2013.
In 1990, Reba took to the big screen playing the role of Heather Gummer in “Tremors.” A few movie and television roles later, she starred in the WB/CW show “Reba.” The show ran for six seasons and earned her a Golden Glob Award nomination for Best Actress-Television Series Musical or Comedy. She also starred in the short lived sitcom Malibu Country. Reba tackled Broadway in 2001 starring as Annie Oakley in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.
Reba will take to the Canfield Fair Stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 with opening act The Willis Clan.