Reba McEntire Splits From Starstruck Entertainment, Launches Reba’s Business Inc.
Reba has split with her ex-husband's management company, Starstuck Entertainment, and launched her very own venture, Reba's Business Inc.
In 1995, Reba McEntire reached the Top-20 of the singles charts with her cover of “On My Own.” That title could very well sum up the singer’s approach to her career right now, as after a decades-long partnership with Narvel Blackstock – the singers’ ex-husband, the Country Music Hall of Fame member is now working outside the realm of Starstruck Entertainment.
McEntire announced Tuesday night at the Bluebird Café that she had formed a new company called Reba’s Business Inc. (RBI). Working with Carolyn Snell, Justin McIntosh and Leslie Matthews – who had been among her team at Starstruck, the singer said she felt it was time to break free from her long association with Blackstock – who has been her manager since 1988.
Along the way, the couple built what proved to be an empire with the Starstruck business model, which has also served as management home over the years for artists such as Linda Davis and currently, Blake Shelton. McEntire and Blackstock married in 1989 – with the couple welcoming son Shelby in 1990. The pair – long thought to be one Nashville’s happiest, announced their separation in the summer of 2015 – with their divorce becoming final in the fall. At first, the two maintained an artist-manager relationship, but the singer has now decided to venture out on her own with the establishment of RBI.
McEntire made the announcement during an event sponsored by Change the Conversation Presents: Rising Young Artists Mentoring Sessions in a Q&A moderated by Beverly Keel. Change The Conversation is a coalition that is designed to raise awareness of the role of women in the industry.