Who is Narvel Blackstock?
Narvel Blackstock was born on 31 August 1956, in Tarrant County, Texas USA, and is a musician as well as a former manager, best known for being the ex-husband of country singer Reba McEntire, for whom he served as manager for most of her career.
The Wealth of Narvel Blackstock
How rich is Narvel Blackstock? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through success in the music industry, particularly as his former wife found success while he was her manager. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Music BeginningsNarvel grew up in Tarrant County with his parents; growing up, he became highly interested in music, particularly country music which is very popular in Texas. Wanting to find a career in the industry, and learned to play the guitar, leading him to perform with a few local bands, mainly as a steel guitarist and as such he then joined Reba McEntire’s band. Around this time, Reba had just gotten a big break in the music industry, with numerous studio albums and singles which would reach high positions on various music charts. The band collaborated with various other high profile artists, and Narvel also helped Reba with recordings. Eventually, after his divorce with his first wife, the two started a relationship, eventually leading to their marriage in 1989. During this period, Reba was already being featured in various publications as one of the greatest country singers of this time, with songs such as “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave”.
Reba McIntire and Management
Blackstock and McEntire were married in a private ceremony on a boat on Lake Tahoe – Blackstock had three children from his previous marriage and the two would also have a son together. With their marriage, the couple decided to take control of every aspect of Rebas’s career, and formed Starstruck Management which was designed to help manage her career. With Blackstock’s help, they organized various tours around the world, and helped her continue to release country music. Her success continued well into the 1990s, with many following the development of Reba’s career.Around this time, she also forayed into acting, and appeared in numerous films as well as television series. She was a part of “Tremors” and a few other made-for-television movies. She also tried her hand on Broadway in a production of “Annie Get Your Gun”, the first of many musicals the couple would work on. They later created a sitcom entitled “Reba”, which earned critical acclaim and would run from 2001 until its cancellation in 2007. They would stay together for many years, and he is credited for helping Reba bounce back after she took a break from the entertainment industry.
Divorce and Aftermath
In 2015, the music industry was shocked when a joint statement on Reba’s website announced that she and Narvel had already been separated for a few months, after 26 years of marriage; they finalized a divorce later in the year. Despite now being divorced, McEntire claims that they are still friends and she is still close with the entire Blackstock family, including her stepchildren and grandchildren. With their divorce, Reba took sole control of managing her career, and she forayed once more into acting as well as music. According to her, the divorce was not her idea but she knew that there was no longer a mutual happiness between them.
It was later reported that Blackstock was already dating television producer and broker Laura Putty Stroud, who is a close friend of the former couple. Despite that, there is no bad blood between the old friends and Reba was even seen posing in a picture with Laura. According to reports, he is very serious about the relationship and is even considering marriage though nothing has happened since these reports.
For his personal life, it is known that Narvel’s first wife was Elisa Gayle Ritter, whom he married in 1973 and the couple had three children together, before divorcing in 1988, and a year later he married Reba McEntire. His son Brandon is known to be married to singer Kelly Clarkson, and the couple have two children together. In total, he has six grandchildren along with his four children, three of whom were from his first marriage. Narvel’s life has mainly been under the radar since separating with McEntire, and he looks to maintain his privacy as no recent reports about him have surfaced.