Reba McEntire is teaching a country music MasterClass
Reba McEntire fans, here’s your chance to sing like the legend herself.
The two-time Grammy Award winner is giving music (and life) lessons through MasterClass, which has brought the creative processes of other notable artists such as screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, actors Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, and author James Patterson to the masses.
“I’m doing this MasterClass for anybody who is interested in getting into the music business,” McEntire says in the video. “We’re going to be talking about how to sing, what to do while you’re on stage, how to pick out a song.”
McEntire’s music career began in 1976 with the release of her debut single “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand.” It failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, but McEntire didn’t let that stop her.
“You don’t have to be the greatest singer in the world to pursue singing,” she says. “If you find the song that matches your ability, you could have a monster hit.”
“Everything I know now, I wished I had known when I got started in 1976,” she adds. “Country music is about what people live day to day, it’s their life story, all written in a song.”
McEntire has drawn on her life experiences to write lyrics that have resonated with fans, including “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave.”
“I’ve had lots of different situations: death, divorce, failures. The hardest lesson is that your job is to continue on and do what you were meant to do in this life. The show must go on,” she says.
Her lessons will be released online in winter 2016, where she’ll discuss melody, lyrics and relatability as a musician.