Most country music stars made a name for themselves after working hard behind the scenes for years, but Reba's big break was like something out of a Hollywood movie.
The Grammy-winning country star comes from humble beginnings in McAlester, Oklahoma. She first started performing as part of her school band, and later on local radio stations with her sisters. But by the time she made it to college it was clear Reba had a backup plan, because she was studying to be a teacher.
But one lucky break changed everything, and it happened at a very unlikely place.
Reba's family has a strong connection to the rodeo scene. Her father is a rancher, and a champion steer roper, while the singer competed in barrel jumping herself.
Those connections landed Reba a job singing the national anthem at rodeos, including the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in 1974. Watch her incredible performance:
In the crowd that day was country star Red Steagall, who was performing at the same event. Steagall was so impressed with Reba that he helped start her singing career in Nashville. She signed a record deal the next year, and the rest is country music history.
But more than 40 years after her big break, Reba returned to her roots for an emotional performance.