Susie McEntire-Eaton's smile is a genuine one -- and a familiar one. While her journey hasn't always been easy, she still has her passion for sharing her love for Jesus with her audience. Her performances, talks, and events are always memorable and inspiring.
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 Christian 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 (18 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 singing 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 and now 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.
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 is an amazing seasoned performer with an amazing story, an ability to connect with the audience and make them feel like friends. From country to Celtic, to jazz to Christmas music and everything in between, Susie will make a lasting impression of family, faith, hope, and encouragement.
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 Abuse.
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. It is another reason for her fresh and honest smile.
“I have booked and promoted many shows and worked with many artists. Mark and Susie are on top of their game. Their show is unmatched and leave concert goers wanting more. The show sponsors are also ecstatic with the success, and want to be a part of future shows. Mark and Susie are some of the most genuine people I've ever met and I look forward to working with them again soon - and would recommend them to perform at any event.”