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Susie McEntire performing at the 2012 Black Hills Stock Show Cowboy Church services

Kelli Fulkerson, Interim Editor

Courtesy photoSusie McEntire is a singer, songwriter, speaker, woman, mother and wife. See her during BHSS Cowboy Church at the Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City, SD, on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5.

The 2012 Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) will welcome back a very special guest, Susie McEntire. With more than a passing physical resemblance to her sister, Reba McEntire, Susie shares her big sister’s musical talents – but directs her talents to the country gospel side of music.

Susie was raised on a ranch in Oklahoma where her passion for music began as a teenager. Susie and her sibling’s, Pake and Reba, were once known as the “Singing McEntires.” However, singing wasn’t the only family-bonding time the McEntire family shared – they also competed in the sport of rodeo. Susie’s BHSS singing debut began when she was asked to sing the National Anthem during the opening night of the rodeo.

“I will never forget the time Mr. Sutton asked me to sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies at the rodeo, I was more excited about singing than competing,” said McEntire.

In 1980, after graduating from Oklahoma State University, Susie was again singing with her sister, who by this time had already become a country music superstar. The sisters were performing for sold-out crowds as well as making television appearances.

“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,” McEntire said.

In 1984, Susie answered God’s calling in her life to sing Christian music. In the years to follow she traveled the country with her husband Paul, and three children. However, the abuse that had already plagued them earlier in their marriage couldn’t be ignored, and Susie made the best choice for she and her children and filed for a divorce.

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With relief she hadn’t felt in years, Susie was more connected to her faith in Christ than she ever was before. She was offered the opportunity to embark on a lifelong-dream of co-hosting a television show.

RFDtv (Dish, DirectTV and Comcast) was launching the premier of “Cowboy Church,” and McEntire was exactly the talent they were looking for.

“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,” McEntire explains. The show is aired on RFDtv every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (CST) and re-aired periodically throughout the week.

Many years ago McEntire was invited to come share her story at the BHSS by the West River Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. This year McEntire will perform during the “Cowboy Church” service on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, at 10 a.m., located in the Rushmore room inside the Ramokta Hotel, in Rapid City, SD.

McEntire will be accompanied by her husband of two-years, Mark Eaton, of Everett, WA. The couple was married on Dec. 9, 2009 in Cannon Beach, OR, where they first met.

Mark will deliver the Sunday message, titled “Profiles of the Disciples.” During the Jan. 29 Cowboy Church the couple will be performing with Joni Harms, a western country singer as well as friend, and Connie Gorsuch, a local South Dakotan with an empowering story. During the Feb. 5 Cowboy Church the couple will be joined by local up-and-coming Nashville singer, Keenie Word, from Hermosa, SD.

Mark and Susie hope to bring a palatable service to all believers of the Lord. “I just love being able to be a part of the BHSS Cowboy Church. It gives us a chance to offer a service to cowboys and cowgirls that are on the road and away from their home churches,” said McEntire. “We want all children of Christ to come be inspired, be enriched and have fun with the lord. Our service is simple, down home, not stuffy.”

Susie would like to thank the West River Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, Country Inn and Suites and looks forward to seeing everyone there.