“Just think, my little sister is gonna be on the stage tonight right there where Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff stood,” Reba posted Tuesday. “I am so proud of you Susie! And very happy for you! @susieqmaceaton @opry.”
Susie McEntire-Eaton Is a Veteran Performer
Susie grew up on an Oklahoma ranch alongside siblings Reba, Alice and Pake. She started singing in public when she was a teenager as part of the “Singing McEntires.” She later went on to perform alongside Reba on platforms ranging from “The Johnny Carson Show” to the Grand Ole Opry.
She was in an abusive marriage for 25 years that produced three children. But after her divorce, Susie says she feels “renewed joy,” peace and positivity. And she has channeled that into her music. Moreover, she is now a spokeswoman for the Community Learning Council, an Oklahoma City nonprofit dedicated to stopping domestic violence.
As a performer, Susie has been inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She has won Artist of the Year multiple times in the field of Positive Country Music. And four of her singles have hit No. 1 on the Positive Country radio charts.
Reba McEntire Included Her Family On Her Gospel Album
On her album Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, McEntire recorded a track with her two sisters and her mom, Jackie. The track, a gospel classic, “I’ll Fly Away,” is about the moment when one’s soul departs this world for “God’s celestial shore.”
“We were just as silly as we could be. We all got around the microphone and Susie and I — we were up there just singing our little hearts out and Mama and Alice just kept backing up,” McEntire told Nash Country Daily in 2017. “They’re not used to it, saying, ‘Oh, we don’t want to be on tape, we can’t sing.’ I’d say, ‘Oh, get up here.’ It was so fun.”
Reba reportedly grew up singing “I’ll Fly Away.” So the family reunion in Nashville to sing it for her album just brought things full circle.