Legendary entertainer Reba McEntire makes history yet again, becoming the first artist to sign with the newly formed NASH Icon Music label. A joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media, the label’s first signing was revealed Tuesday morning on Blair Garner’s syndicated radio show.
McEntire has already cut 11 tracks for the new project, working with producers Tony Brown and James Stroud. She told Garner, “I’ve got three more to record…. I’m always trying to beat out what I have already, so we just keep looking.”
Debuting on the charts in 1976, McEntire scored her first Top Ten hit with 1980’s “(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven,” and her first chart-topper, “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” two years later. Since that time, she has amassed 25 Number One hits and is second only to pop superstar Barbra Streisand as the best-selling female artist in any genre, with sales of more than 80 million records worldwide.
While female artists have had a harder time getting played at country radio in recent years, McEntire, who last topped the charts in 2010 with “Turn On the Radio,” is looking to change that.
“It’s been a weird time in country music for females, and it’s in a trend now that I’m hoping is going to be more female friendly, for personal reasons,” she said.
McEntire first signed with Big Machine’s Valory Music imprint in 2008. In addition to her recording career, she has also acted in films, on Broadway and as the star of her own WB sitcom for six seasons.