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Susie McEntire
Former Victim, NOW Survivor

Susie McEntire's smile is a genuine one -- and a familiar one.  With more than a passing physical resemblance to her sister, Reba McEntire, Susie also shares her big sister’s musical giftings. But Susie has directed her talents to the country gospel side of American Roots music garnering much acclaim from her peers and fans alike.

In addition to numerous awards and nominations from TNN, GMA, and CCMA, Susie has been named “Artist of the Year” several times in the field of Positive Country Music. She has also scored four #1 singles on the Positive Country radio charts. However, more than her notoriety, it is Susie’s kindness and determination in the midst of difficulties and her authentic compassion for others that inspires people around her.

Susie has signed on to be a spokesperson for the Community Learning Council, Inc. based in Okla­homa City, Oklahoma. CLC is a non-profit organization that focuses on education to help prevent and stop domestic violence.

Susie recently, signed on as the Honorary Celebrity Chair for Wish – When In Search of Hope, a local  501(c) 3 not for profit organization advocating for victims of domestic violence, including abused and at-risk youth.  WISH provides courage when there is none, a friend when there is no one and hope for a new life.

Susie often reflects about her early Christian experiences in her concerts, combining her wealth of songs (13 CDs to date) with inspiring life stories. “The person who influenced me the most for Christ was my Grandma Smith who babysat me while my siblings went to school. It was through her influence that I recognized what Christianity was all about – not all about going to church – it was about Him living His life through me,” she says.

Raised on an Oklahoma ranch, Susie began singing as a teenager with her siblings, Pake and Reba, as the “Singing McEntires.” In 1980, after graduating from Oklahoma State University, Susie was again singing with her sister who, by this time, had become a country superstar. In addition to performing concerts for sold-out crowds, they made television appearances on programs such as “The Johnny Carson Show,” “Hee Haw,” and “The Grand Ole Opry.” Susie says, “I learned so much in this short period of time – little did I know that this travel time with Reba would help to prepare me for my own solo career in music.”

In 1984, Susie submitted to God’s calling in her life to sing Christian music, and in the years to follow traveled the country with her family. But the abuse that had already plagued them earlier in their marriage wouldn’t quit – no matter how much counseling they had.

After two separations and divorce, Susie is a mom with three adult children. "After 25 years of marriage,
I could not continue to be in a situation of verbal and mental abuse and remain healthy. I had to make a choice to do what was best for me and my children,” Susie shares.

Susie has signed on to be a spokesperson for the Community Learning Council, Inc. based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. CLC is a non-profit organization that focuses on education to help prevent and stop domestic violence.

With a clear head, renewed joy, and a peace she hasn’t felt in years, Susie says she feels more energetic and positive about her music than ever before. AND she has been able to embark on a dream she’s had for years: she is co-host of “Cowboy Church” on RFDtv. (Dish, Direct tv, and Comcast) “My family has been in the ranching/rodeo world for four generations, and I am so pleased to be able to bring Jesus Christ to this audience in a down to earth, country style.”

Susie released her 15th album, “Let Go”, in November 2008. Produced by Bill Aerts, who co-wrote two of the album’s tracks. Susie co-wrote the track “Sticks and Stones” with her niece Autumn McEntire.

A casual meeting in Oregon became a casual friendship for over a year. However, “Once we decided to lean into each other things went real fast” says her husband Mark from Seattle. So fast, they had a 15 day
engagement and were married in Cannon Beach, Oregon in December 2009 joined by a close contingency of family and friends.

With Mark’s two daughters married and on their own paths and son in the USMC, he now supports Susie in their newly expanded schedule and bookings. Susie smiles saying, “One of my greatest joys is when Mark joins me on stage to say a few words. He brings a depth and insight that is so refreshing and freeing”. Smiling again she notes, “It absolutely fascinates me to witness the reaction I see on the faces of our audiences as they respond and connect with the heart of what Mark brings with just a few words. I also think they like his deep Seattle accent.”

Together Susie and Mark bring a partnership to their events. From a small intimate couple’s, women’s, or men’s retreat to a full concert hall you will be encouraged and enriched by the program.

Susie’s music catalog is not just a collection of inspiring songs, it has become her life story. "Looking back now,
with 20/20 vision, I can clearly see God’s hand of guidance through all of the difficult moments in my life. By sharing my story, I hope it will help someone else find their way through whatever they may be facing. I can think of no greater purpose for my music than that.”

Susie continues to provide the same concerts we all know and love so well. With her husband or as a solo act, Susie McEntire just keeps getting better.

 

 

 

 

  

Singer, Songwriter, 
Woman, Mother and Wife
and
Little sister
of Reba McEntire

 

http://susiemcentire.com