Narvel Blackstock is an American television producer and music manager, best known as ex-husband and former manager of the famous country singer Reba McEntire.

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Early life, childhood, educational background

Narvel Wayne Blackstock was born on 31 August 1956, in Tarrant County, Texas USA, to father Narvel Leroy Blackstock and mother Gloria Elizabeth Alexander. He also has a sister named Patricia Ann Blackstock. His nationality is American and his ethnicity is white, while his ancestry is unknown.

Reportedly, Blackstock spent most of his childhood years in his hometown with his family.

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However, there are no details revealed to the media regarding his early years, except that he developed an interest in music when he was a young boy, particularly country music very much. As Blackstock tends to live his life away from the media radar, every effort to link him to a particular school or year has so far yielded no result. Also, there is no information about where and how he learnt to play the guitar so well.

Career

The manager of Reba McEntire

Blackstock’s career in music started with playing steel guitar in local bands, often being a leading vocalist too. In the early ‘80s he became a member of the then-emerging country singer Reba McEntire’s band, who at the time was establishing recognition in the music industry, with her songs reaching the top of music charts

In the late ‘80s he became McEntire’s manager, a position he would hold for a long period in future, and which boosted McEntire’s career. Numerous tours around the world followed, and Blockstock himself became highly popular.

In 1988 he and McEntire launched a music management company called Starstruck Entertainment, founded to manage McEntire, to handle her bookings, publicity, publishing, etc. The company, working towards developing musical talent, found great success. In addition to McEntire, it has managed the careers of famous artists such as Blake Shelton, Cale Dodds, Maggie Rose and Narvel’s daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson.

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock

Television career

Speaking about his career as executive producer, Blockstock produced several television movies starring McEntire during the ‘90s, such as “Is There Life Out There?”, “Forever Love” and “Secret of Giving”. In addition, he was the director of the 2006 video ”’Reba: Video Gold II”.

In 2010 he produced the television special starring Blake Shelton entitled “Blake Shelton Live: It’s All About Tonight”, and two years later produced its follow-up, the special Christmas show “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas”.

Blackstock was then the executive producer of the TV series entitled “Malibu Country” starring McEntire, which ran on ABC in 2012-2013. The year 2013 saw him working on a musical comedy starring Kelly Clarkson, entitled “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale”.

Personal life, ex-wife country queen Reba McEntire

In Blackstock’s personal life, he was married two times. In 1973 he married Gayle Ritter,  however, the couple divorced15 years later after producing three children – Brandon, Shawn Rene, and Chassidy Celeste Blackstock, and eventually five grandchildren.

Blackstock’s divorce occurred during the time he became a guitarist of McEntire’s band back in 1988. Perhaps coincidentally it wasn’t long before he started dating McEntire, and a year later they married in a private ceremony on a boat on Lake Tahoe. In 1990 the couple welcomed their son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock, who eventually became a race car driver. However, in 2015, the two divorced, after 26 years together. According to McEntire, their divorce was not her idea.

There was a rumor that following the couple’s divorce, Blackstock had an affair with McEntire’s friend Laura Putty Stroud, a real estate agent, but never confirmed by either of them.

Blackstock’s current relationship status is unknown.

Who is Reba McEntire?

Reba Nell McEntire was born on 28 March 28 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma USA, to father Clark Vincent McEntire, a rodeo champion in competitive barrel racing, and mother Jacqueline McEntire, a school teacher. She developed an interest in music during her childhood years, singing at rodeos as part of a group called the Singing McEntires, which she formed with her two siblings. When the group eventually split up, she pursued a solo career, singing as a high school student in a band of Kiowa High School, Colorado, and later during her college years at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in Durant, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in music.

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What a decade it has been…induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame with my Mama, five albums, a sitcom, a Vegas residency with Brooks & Dunn, a Grammy Award and nomination, a Dove Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, joining the @horatioalgerassociation, new brand partnerships with @crackerbarrel and @justinboots_, the 10 year anniversary of the Reba brand at @dillards, hosting awards shows with my buddies and countless other memories that are too many to list. I’m so thankful for all that the Lord has allowed me and my team to do these past 10 years. Thanks to my fans for continuing to go on this journey with me! I’m as excited as I’ve ever been and looking forward to all the surprises and opportunities a new decade will bring. Happy New Year!

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McEntire’s performance of the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City caught the attention of the country music star Red Steagall, who helped her to record a demo, leading to a contract with Mercury Records in the mid ‘70s. She had her first big success with her 1980 song “You Lift Me Up (To Heaven)”, and went on to record a number of successful albums, of which seven have been certified gold and five platinum. Her hits such as “Whoever’s in New England”, “Rumor Has It”, “Is There Life Out There”, “The Heart Won’t Lie”, “Does He Love You” and “I’d Rather Ride Around With You”, to name a few, cemented her place as country queen for years to come. Other accomplishments include numerous awards, of which two are Grammies, and an autobiography published in 1994.

In 1991 McEntire lost her tour manager and seven band members in a plane crash.

In addition to establishing herself as a country music star, and a businesswoman running a music management company with Blackstock, McEntire also pursued a career in the film and television industry. In 1990, she landed the role of Heather Gummer in the film “Tremors”, and went on to take roles in a number of television films, such as “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw”, “The Man from Left Field”, “Is There Life Out There?” and “Secret of Giving”. She had her own television sitcom too – “Reba”, a show about a single mother and her family, which she also co-produced.

The series lasted from 2001 to 2007, establishing her recognition in the television industry. McEntire gained further notice as an actress by playing a similar role, this time as Reba MacKenzie, in the TV series “Malibu County” from 2012 to 2013. Meanwhile, she also made guest appearances in numerous other TV series, and also did various voice-over work.

Physical appearance

Blackstock has brown eyes and brown hair. He is 6ft 2ins (183cm) tall, but details regarding his weight and body stats have not been disclosed to the media.

Net worth

According to authoritative sources, Blackstock’s net worth is over $5 million, amassed largely through his managerial career over three decades.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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