Susie McEntire Eaton’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 genuine compassion for. others that inspires people around her.
Susie often reflects about her early Christian experiences in her concerts, combining her wealth of songs (20 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 husband Paul and 3 children. 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 she finally divorced which ended the abuse cycles. “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.
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. She has been able to embark on a dream she’s had for years to co-host “Cowboy Church TV’ on RFDtv. (Dish, Direct tv, and Comcast) “My family has been in the ranching/rodeo world for four generations, and I am thrilled to bring God’s love, hope and acceptance in such a down home country style to so many folks each week.”
Susie’s music catalog is not just a collection of inspiring songs, it has become her life story “Looking back I have 20/20 vision I can share my story much better. 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 has recently 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. To view Susie’s latest PSA regarding Domestic Violence visit our website www.susiemcentire.corn.
She keeps pressing and says “growing In faith means growing In all areas of my life”. Her release “Passages” marks a bold and honest stylistic growth reflective of her transformational life changes. She says “my country roots have grown into a full tree with a strong trunk and limbs. I can handle other styles that continue to celebrate the things country is known for. “Passages” is real stories about real people. I’m pretty sure that is what the spiritual life is about. I am so much more honest now at my core.
She and Mark Eaton from Seattle, WA were married in December of 2009 and are usually found no more than several feet apart at any given moment. Mark, otherwise known to her fans as Mr. Seattle, is a adventurer, fitness expert, theologian and presenter. The two of them make a tremendous team bringing joy, hope and authenticity to their audiences. It is another reason for her fresh and honest smile. A little secret never hurts: Susie sometimes invites Mark on stage to help with a little blues guitar.
GIVE was recorded with John Clark Blackwell in Nashville in the fall of 2013 and moved up the ICMA charts to top out at #1 in May of 2014. It dropped to #2 briefly and then, in an unprecedented reversal, bounced back strong to the #1 spot. Nearly 5 months in the top 20 Give was nominated for Vocal Duet of the Year. The song has a positive message and John Blackwell’s powerful lead vocals really pushed this great song to the top.
LIVE IN FLORIDA: ROUGH CUTS
Live in Florida “Rough Cuts” is exactly that. We recorded our concert, the good and bad of it, and put it together for something new and real to enjoy. Susie does three Reba songs, a Merle Haggard song, the new acoustic Cowboy Way and Mark joins her on the popular Fall Down. “Live From Florida” offers some fun listening and gives an insight to what a live show can be like.
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River Dela Records and CMA recording artist Sara Morgan has been performing for large audiences since the age of two when she discovered a live microphone in the choir loft at her uncle’s wedding.
Sara spent her early childhood in the small Delta farming town of McGehee, Arkansas where she invested many hours running through fields of cotton and riding in combines and on tractors with family friends, and belting out Disney tunes to entertain family. At the age of 10 she traded cotton fields for corn fields when she moved to Olathe, KS. After the move her clothing served as a reminder and connection to Arkansas and those early childhood memories. She often imagined that her t-shirts were made from the cotton grown in those fields she once played in.
It was in Kansas where her interest in music began to blossom. Sara was a choir member, learned to play saxophone (still her preferred instrument) and joined jazz band in 5th grade. She received her first guitar on her 16th birthday, taught herself to play piano in high school, and began writing and performing her own original material while in college at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
In 2012, while living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Sara recorded her first solo album of all original material, The Crazy One, with producer, Jason North. She would go on to record and release a follow-up project with North as producer, a six-song EP titled Let Me Get There” in late 2013, which contained her signature song and the album’s debut single, “Never Been to Nashville”. The song made its radio debut on KKFI 90.1 in Kansas City and was the turning point for Sara’s career. She soon found herself opening for legendary performers such as Grammy winner BJ Thomas, country superstar John Michael Montgomery, and television and movie icon John Corbett.
In May 2014, after three years of driving between Fayetteville and Kansas City for music gigs and work, Sara moved back to Kansas and settled down beside an 80-acre farm southwest of Kansas City. In November of that year, her dream of spending time with her idol, the Queen of Country Music, Loretta Lynn, came true. Sara played the preshow before Ms. Lynn’s performance at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City and afterward, Ms. Lynn hosted Sara on her tour bus and also signed Sara’s Taylor guitar.
In June 2015, Sara released her third project, Easy to Dream, a sig-song EP recorded in Kansas City at Chapman Studios. The album ignited her musical journey. Shortly after the EP’s release, music critics named the blonde songstress Kansas City’s Best Newcomer of 2015, and the trajectory of her career began to rapidly climb. Three songs from Easy to Dream were listed among the “Best Songs of 2015” by multiple DJ’s, bloggers, and critics, alike: “Walk Me Through”, “Already Wrecked”, and “One Night at the Opry”.
Sara’s newest single, “Drive a Tractor”, has found airplay on Top 40, community, and independent radio stations alike. “Drive a Tractor” is part of Sara’s initiative to thank farmers for feeding and clothing people around the world, to create awareness among consumers about the importance of farming, and to provide scholarships to students pursuing college degrees in agriculture-related fields. Sara recently wrapped up a five-week radio tour, spanning seven states and 70 radio stations in support of the single and the Drive a Tractor Project.
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Greg Claassen can make just about anything talk. . .and that’s exactly what he’s been doing with his ventriloquist act over the last 30 years. Greg has established a reputation for unfailing audience rapport. It’s hysterical fun once Greg’s “friends” are unleashed on stage. It’s no wonder his program is referred to as one of the most unique after dinner programs in the country.
Greg’s entertainment story grows out of his determination as a young boy to teach himself the art of “throwing his voice”. At first it was entertaining for family and other small groups, but it wasn’t long before Greg’s hobby got totally out of hand. Only 6 years into his career, he was selected as a National Winner in the ” Bob Hope Search for the Top” comedy competition. He has performed at Disney World, Orlando, Florida and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Greg is also a featured corporate entertainer with regular appearances at Caesars Palace and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Greg is known for his unusual aptitude for spontaneous humor. His intent is always to bring the audience together by taking them away from their cares for a little while. “Ventriloquism” means, literally: “speaking from the belly,” which is where you’ll be laughing from when Greg Claassen leaves the stage.
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Several years ago, the Amazing Christopher was neither Amazing nor Christopher but a computer programmer named James Wiske, whose sense of humor kept getting him into trouble at his job. Coming from a small town where there wasn’t much to do, he had already become adept at juggling, riding a unicycle, and magic as hobbies, and would have continued getting into trouble at work if he hadn’t found a book on balloon twisting. Being able to turn a small piece of blown-up latex into a dog changed his life and allowed him to start bringing happiness to thousands of people with his crazy balloon creations and funny magic shows. Stating out humble as the Slightly-Above-Average Christopher, he changed his name when people started saying, “THAT’S AMAZING!” upon seeing his sculptures.