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Reba McEntire takes the Intrust Bank Arena stage Saturday

Reba McEntire could retire now and rest on her laurels. The legendary singer, who was the most successful country star of the ’80s and ’90s, has sold more than 56 million albums. She has 28 gold or platinum records and is the seventh-best-selling artist in all genres.

The charismatic singer didn’t stop with music. She starred in her eponymous sitcom, “Reba,” which ran from 2001-2007, and she starred in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Dynamic doesn’t begin to describe the sensation just can’t stop moving.

“If I don’t do it, someone else will,” McEntire said.

McEntire, 56, is back with “All The Women I Am.” The disc is made up of songs that range from playful to poignant and are stylish and dramatic. McEntire goes for a polished, contemporary style sonically and lyrically. Buzzwords such as “Twitter” and “texting” are tossed into the rhyme schemes, and it works. McEntire, who will perform Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena, is touring behind one of her most consistent discs.

“I still enjoy making records,” McEntire said. “I’ve done a bunch of different things, but it always comes back to this. I’m a singer first and foremost.”

McEntire was raised in a musical family while growing up in Oklahoma. She sang throughout her childhood and entered a plethora of talent contests.

“I just always loved to sing,” she said. “Whenever I had the chance, I would be singing something.”

While attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University, McEntire was discovered in 1974 while belting out the national anthem at a rodeo. The following year, she signed a deal with Mercury Records.

Now “The Queen of Country” trails only Shania Twain in terms of female country album sales. She holds the record for most Academy of Country Music Awards with seven and American Music Awards for a female country artist with 12.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” McEntire said. “It’s just been an amazing journey, and the great thing is that the journey is far from over. I still have a lot of music in me. I want to continue to not tour but to make albums. I don’t want to be just a nostalgia act. I’m in a great place right now. This is a great time for me.”

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