OFFSTAGE: What Reba Is Going to Ask God

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Kleenex Alert: I knew Reba McEntire had tragedy in her past, but I never knew it was still haunting her every single day. It’s been more than 20 years since a plane crash took the lives of seven of her band members and her tour manager. And she admitted on a recent episode of Oprah’s Master Class she can still see the San Diego hotel room she was in back in 1991 when she got that tragic news at around 2 in the morning. When Reba’s husband Narvel Blackstock told her the plane had crashed on its way to Ft. Wayne, Ind., she said, “Are they OK?” He said, “I don’t think so.” Reba recalls, “In my mind, any minute now, we’re gonna get a call they’re all right. Well, that call never came.” She cries openly on the show, describing how she can still see the room and her husband walking back and forth. “It’s been 20 years. I don’t guess it ever quits hurting. It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life,” she says. “That’s one of the questions I’ll ask God when I get up there: Why’d you take them so quick? They had so much more to give.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.