Friday, November 30, 2012


 Former JERSEY BOYS cast member, John Michael Coppola, is proud to announce his digital release of the Billy Joel hit single, "New York State Of Mind".  100% of proceeds from the sale of the single will equally benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and The American Red Cross.  The single can be purchased at

 Backed by a five-piece band featuring some of Chicago’s top musicians, the track includes musical contributions by Paul Langford (piano), Bob Lizik (bass), Kraig McCreary (guitar), Bob Parlier (drums) and Tom VanKanegan (Sax).

 “Jersey Boys brought my family and me from New Jersey to Chicago, but as much we love it here, a large part of my heart will always be in New Jersey and my original stomping grounds of New York.” said Coppola.  “The pictures of the devastation from back East are truly gut wrenching, and being so far from it all without the ability to physically help people, I felt compelled to reach out to my band here in Chicago with this idea and they were all on board immediately.  Everyone donated their time and talent for this cause, and I personally couldn’t be more grateful to them.  The only thing bigger than their talents are their hearts.”

John Michael Coppola appeared in the Chicago and Las Vegas companies of the Tony Award winning musical, JERSEY BOYS, where he understudied and performed the role of Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons.  For the past 17 years he has appeared in some of the top regional theatres in the US and Europe in productions such as She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Flight Of The Lawnchair Man, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Forbidden Broadway and Singin' In The Rain.  In addition to his time in JERSEY BOYS, Coppola’s Chicago stage credits include the world premiere of the musical For The Boys, The Original Grease, and Annie Get Your Gun.  In 2011, he received the David Award, presented by the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, given to 'an individual of Italian heritage displaying professional leadership in the field of entertainment.'  He performs his own solo concert, A JERSEY VOICE: Sinatra to Springsteen...and Everyone in Between, at venues throughout the United States.  For more information on John Michael Coppola, please visit

 The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, (CFBNJ) a member of Feeding America, distributed close to 40 million pounds of food in the last year, to help feed 900,000 people in need in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties. Its staff and volunteers provide food, help and hope through the distribution of food and grocery products, by education and training, and by creating new programs to meet the needs of low-income people. The Community FoodBank recently earned Charity Navigator's highest honor, a four-star rating, for the fourth consecutive year.  As Chair of New Jersey Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (NJVOAD), the CFBNJ is helping to coordinate Sandy relief efforts with FEMA, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army & Others.  This includes distribution of over 100,000 pounds of food each day to families displaced by Superstorm Sandy, providing over 50,000 prepared meals each week and collecting non-perishable food and hygiene kits for displaced families.  For more information on the FoodBank and its services, please visit

 With its Disaster Relief program, The American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.  In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes.  For more information on The American Red Cross and its services, please visit


DEC. 7 & 8: Dine at Niche during Geneva's Annual Christmas Walk

Two-Course Tasting Menu For Only $35 and Additional Wine Pairings For $15

Niche is thrilled to announce the restaurant’s participation in this year’s Geneva Annual Christmas Walk. Local residents and surrounding towns all gather to the main streets of downtown Geneva to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season and enjoy special offerings and events throughout the weekend.
            Niche is offering a special two-course tasting menu for only $35 per person. This includes the choice of an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert all hand crafted by executive chef Serena Perdue. For an additional $15, guests can enjoy wine pairings selected by Niche’s very own sommelier Vince Balistreri. Reservations can be made from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 7 and Sat., Dec. 8.
To make reservations or for additional information, call the restaurant at 630-262-1000.


About Niche
Niche is a fine dining restaurant in Geneva, Ill., serving a constantly evolving menu of eclectic, American contemporary cuisine based on the freshest Midwest ingredients. Chef Serena Perdue skillfully blends her traditional French training with her love of newly picked, seasonal products from local suppliers as well as from Niche’s own sustainable farm at the Bull Run Estate in Elburn, Ill. Niche has earned accolades for its all-American wine list, hand selected by general manager and wine director Vince Balistreri. With 270 different wines that highlight the best in American wine, Niche was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2010 and 2011. Visit

Niche Restaurant
14 South Third St.
Geneva, Ill. 60134
(630) 262-1000

RealBeanz Announces Additional Distribution Of Its All Natural Iced Coffee Beverage

RealBeanz, the Iced Coffee Company that makes gourmet iced coffee with extra buzz from vitamins and natural herb extracts, is pleased to announce that it has secured sixteen major brand distributors to distribute RealBeanz further into Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and Virginia.

The major distributors are included in the network of Miller/Coors, Anheuser Busch/Inbev, Snapple Group and Coca-Cola.

Serge Freund, President of RealBeanz, commented, “It was an easy decision in a difficult market but in the end, we chose a healthy mix and we simply could not pass up the opportunity to partner with such incredible distributors to help them grow their business as well as our own.”

These sixteen distributors join the ranks of 46 regional distributors that have added RealBeanz Iced Coffee to their beverage line-up in 30 US States.

“Phone calls, emails, Facebook…people can’t stop talking about the new iced coffee with coconut water which launched in May of 2012.  With only 70 calories per bottle, people can’t get enough.  Today, RealBeanz is proud to announce we are in our final stages to release our new, unique SKU for 2013.”

Founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, RealBeanz is a ready-to-drink gourmet
iced coffee company combining premium-brewed beans and reduced-fat milk (rSBT free) with functional ingredients such as vitamins and herbs.  Currently available in seven flavors and personalities – Cappucino/Energize, Caramel/Focus, Vanilla Nut/Relax, Mocha/Resist, Diet Cappuccino/Trim & Fit, Cappuccino with Coconut Water/Refresh and Dark Roast with Coconut Water/Refresh.  Each variety aims to satisfy health-conscious consumers without the extra calories while helping to enhance their lifestyles.  For more information, please visit
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Save Money With New Online Social Networking Website & Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree!

LightFish, the premier social shopping site, launches just in time for the Holiday season with $1,000 Shopping Giveaway
  In this day and age, saving money on everyday items is a big priority for the majority of consumers. That’s why LightFish, the newest social networking site, was created. LightFish allows the user to Shop for their favorite products, Save money the moment the product goes on sale, then Share their shopping wish list with friends and family. Saving money on everyday necessities and splurges has never been so easy!

How exactly does this work? The LightFish site allows users to browse any product– from shoes to electronics– from a list of popular retailers and online browsing.  Once you “hook” a product to your page, LightFish will let you know right when it goes on sale through a notification to your page and email. It’s the perfect social networking site for shopping enthusiasts across the nation!

Along with saving money, LightFish also lets users share their collections with friends & family and allows other users to leave comments on each other’s items.

“I wanted to create a social networking site that gave people more than just a forum for communication, but to also enhance their shopping experience,” said President and Founder Alistair Black. “Saving money is essential to everyone, so I thought it would be the perfect premise for a new social networking site.”

To celebrate the launch and the holiday season, LightFish is hosting a $1,000 shopping spree giveaway to one of its first users. To enter, simply create a 2012 Holiday Collection and add any products you want to the collection. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to have their Holiday Wish Collection granted up to $1,000. For a complete set of rules & regulations click:

To join the LightFish community and start saving money now, log on to:

About the LightFish Team:
The LightFish team is a group of people wanting to make your online shopping experience easier by helping you capture your favorite items in real time and keeping them all in one place.

Holiday story - Make every holiday gift give back to charity

Give without Giving This Holiday Season
With a still shaky economy, shoppers turn to online shopping mall to both save money and generate funds for over 108,000 nonprofits and schools shoppers have already raised more than $9 million!

 With the economic recovery slow, people are looking for ways to support their favorite cause that will not affect their pocketbook. In fact, according to
, 41% of people have cut back on their charitable donations this year. Americans are faced with a dilemma, whether to support their favorite cause or buy holiday gifts. offers an easy way they can do both. Here is how it works: , each time someone clicks through from Goodshop to one of the 2,800 plus participating stores (including Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Sephora, Macy’s PetCo and more), an average of 4% of the purchase price is donated to the shopper’s favorite cause (at no cost to them!). Plus, has over 100,000 coupons so users can save money while giving back.   
More than 108,000 nonprofits and schools have partnered with online shopping mall, including many in your area. What makes the system so compelling is that it doesn’t cost the users a thing.  It’s a form of philanthropy that works for everyone in this economy! has two partner programs: Yahoo!-powered search engine and
, which both also enable their supporters to generate donations just by doing something they do anyway everyday:  :  Each time someone searches the internet with Goodsearch (powered by Yahoo!), about a penny is raised for the charity or school of their choice!  You use it exactly as you would any other search engine.  : Each time someone dines at more than 10,000 restaurants across the country, up to 6% of the cost of the meal is donated to the diner’s favorite cause.
These sites have raised more than $9 million to date – money that’s been used to help find a cure for cancer, clean up our oceans, feed homeless pets, send children with disabilities to summer camp, and more!  
The sites have become an online sensation as people want to make “doing good” a part of their everyday lives.  Their popularity has grown through word of mouth, social media, and the support of celebrities including Jessica Biel, Montel Williams, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Jeff Bridges, and others, who have urged their fans to use the sites to support the causes they care about. 
Internet users have found Goodshop to be a great idea.  Dawn Feston, a decorator in Los Angeles, uses Goodshop in support of Best Friends Animal Society, which runs the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused animals.  “This is great. I am doing so much online shopping this year and through Goodshop, I both get discounts and get to support my favorite charity.  There’s really no reason not to Goodshop!”
The Goodshop team is revolutionizing online philanthropy so that everyone can support a cause, even during tough times.  "With our challenging economy, we are delighted to enable the millions of supporters of our 108,000+ charity and school partners with an easy way to give back as they shop this holiday season, said Scott Garell, CEO of Goodsearch. And, especially helpful this year, is our 100,000 money-saving coupons—so people can save money while supporting their favorite cause. I cannot think of a reason why anybody would not shop at this year."


About Goodsearch and Goodshop
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Goodsearch empowers anyone to change the world through simple everyday actions.  Launched in 2005, the service currently includes Goodsearch
, a Yahoo!-powered search engine; Goodshop, an online shopping and coupon portal which works with more than 2,500 top merchants including Amazon, Staples, Macy’s, JCPenny and HP; and Gooddining, the first ever, national dine for charity program with over 10,000 participating restaurants. Goodsearch has donated nearly $10 million to over 108,000 charities and schools designated by its users to date28.

Creative Chicago Expo Vendor/Presentation Registration Due 12/15

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MARCH 1-2, 2013
CALL FOR Presentation Proposals and Vendor Applications
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About the Expo Application Procedures Exhibit/Vendor Application Sponsorship Opportunities

About the Expo
Creative Chicago Expo

The 10th annual Creative Chicago Expo will take place on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, 2013, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Hours will be 10:00 - 4:00 pm both days. The Expo is a free public program presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The Creative Chicago Expo connects individuals, organizations and businesses with resources and information to insure their success locally and globally. Expo participants come from across the creative spectrum - music, dance, theater, visual arts, design, fashion, literary, culinary, film and media - with the goal of reaching the next level of success and sharing best practices.
The Expo features a range of workshops, presentations, and select local and national vendors and exhibitors that provide top services, spaces, concepts and innovations. Over 7,000 people attended the 2012 Expo, offering a significant opportunity to connect with Chicago's top creative thinkers, doers and makers.
Please note: the Expo is NOT an arts fair for selling products. It is the opportunity for you to share information and connect with Chicago's creative community and organizations.

Application Procedures
Creative Chicago Expo

FOR PRESENTATIONS: Expo workshops, panels and presentations run during 1-hour time slots between 10:30 - 4:00 pm both days. High-quality professional development information across disciplines and levels of achievement are sought. Workshop, panel or other presentations should focus on professional development and best practices with artists, arts organizations and creative businesses in all disciplines and at all career levels. Topics can include marketing, space, funding, business development, community building, or similar topics. View previous expo workshops for 2011 and 2012.
The Expo is an excellent opportunity to market your services and expertise to a wide range of potential clients, and strengthen Chicago's creative community. Program presenters and descriptions are listed on the City of Chicago website, Chicago Artists Resource website, EBlasts. All accepted proposals will be provided a complimentary vendor package for both days of the Expo and additional benefits to be determined.

Exhibit/Vendor Application
Creative Chicago Expo

Vendor Booth Contains:

  • 1 6 or 8-foot table, table covering, 2 chairs
  • 1 Tabletop sign
  • Access to Building WIFI
  • Hyperlinked listing on City of Chicago website
  • Hyperlinked listing on Chicago Artists Resource website
  • Listing in Creative Chicago Expo program, press materials
2013 Expo Vendor Rates:
All rates are for both days.

  • $150 Non-profit Vendors (with 501c3 status)
  • $500 For-profit Vendors
(Rates are for 2 days. All vendors must participate both days.)
Once your application is approved, payment instructions will be emailed to you. If you have proposed a presentation or workshop, and it is accepted, your vendor fees will be waived.
Please note: the Expo is NOT an arts fair for selling products. It is the opportunity for you to share information and connect with Chicago's creative community and organizations.
Vendor Application Deadline: December 15, 2012.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information about enhanced marketing opportunities and sponsorship, contact Neal Heitz, 312.744.9215.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pole Dancing Expert Empowers Mothers & Women by #RedefiningSexy! Kelley stirred up pre-conceived notions about "stripping" when she debuted her striptease inspired workout, S Factor, on the Oprah show in 2003.  There are now seven S Factor fitness studios across the nation and Kelley is widely regarded as the worldwide originator of pole dance fitness.  Her book The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman, not only thought outside the box, it smashed it.  The Redefining Sexy: Believe in Your Beauty campaign will do the same. Redefining Sexy: Believe in Your Beauty campaign aims to redefine the terms “sexy” and “beauty” through a series of provocative videos featuring true stories of real women. The first video in the campaign, “Cancer Warrior,” features Diana Schlobohm, a breast cancer warrior who needs a spotlight. After losing both breasts to cancer, one thing she did not lose is the knowledge that she is a sexy and beautiful woman. This raw and gritty video (
) shot 6 days post-op, challenges the viewer to answer the question, "Are cancer survivors sexy?" The video went viral last month, with celebrities like Eva Longoria, Rita Wilson, and LeAnn Rimes jumping onboard by asking their Twitter and Facebook followers to retweet it and “Believe in your Beauty” and “Embrace your Beautiful, Powerful Self!”’s next video in the series, launching on #12/12/12, will take a closer look into motherhood, posing the question, “Is motherhood sexy?” The short video clip “Ali’s Motherhood Story” will show the true life story of Ali, a new mom who feels despair, upset, and resentful toward her body after giving birth. She learns to overcome these feelings and regain her confidence and sense of beauty and worth through pole dancing. The provocative video shows Ali dancing for and with her infant son Jack. As she is dancing, the viewer can see how strong and beautiful Ali feels, physically and mentally, as she looks lovingly at baby Jack and radiates her loving femininity. The video will prove to women that any mother can feel sexy, powerful, and beautiful in her own skin, and that motherhood IS sexy!
Watch a Preview of Ali's Video HERE:

DAVIDsTEA Opens Lincoln Park Location Dec. 1


DAVIDsTEA Opens Lincoln Park Location Dec. 1
Limited edition holiday loose-leaf teas and accessories available in-store and online throughout the season
  DAVIDsTEA is thrilled to announce that its Lincoln Park location at 924 W. Armitage will open Saturday, December 1, 2012. This will be the third Chicago location to open for the Canadian loose-leaf tea retailer. DAVIDsTEA’s inaugural Chicago location at 1645 N. Damen Ave in Bucktown opened on Oct. 13, 2012 and its Lakeview location at 3530 N. Southport opened Nov. 10, 2012. All three stores will continue to offer DAVIDsTEA’s holiday collection throughout the season.
DAVIDsTEA holiday collection assortment includes a wide selection of limited edition loose leaf teas including Sleigh Ride, an earthy tea containing cinnamon, apples, raisins and hibiscus, and Santa’s Secret, a Chinese black tea with peppermint leaves and candy cane sprinkles. DAVIDsTEA also offers a Winter Collection of seasonal teas like Chocolate Chili Chai. A blend of black tea, chocolate bits and ancho and Aleppo chilis, this tea gives new meaning to the term “hot chocolate.” Other holiday items include “Tea for the Tree” tea-filled ornaments and an “8 Days of Tea” Hanukkah collection of kosher teas. 
To celebrate the New Year, DAVIDsTEA is ringing in 2013 with its Resolution Collection. This collection will help shoppers keep their New Year’s resolutions. The Skinny will whip tea lovers back into pre-holiday shape. KANPE Tea will help patrons give back, with all proceeds going towards long-term relief in Haiti. Splash will wash last year’s toxins away, along with any lingering regrets. Red Velvet Cake will help you cut down on sugar, while still satisfying your sweet tooth. And Bubby offers a great alternative to yet another glass of wine. 
All holiday items are also available online at
. Shopping for distant friends and loved ones has never been easier: shipping to Canada and the US is free for orders over $50, or only $5 for orders under $50.
Still not sure what to get the tea lover on your list? Visit a store near you and let the friendly, knowledgeable staff help create your own personalized gift set from DAVIDsTEA’s collection of over 150 loose leaf teas and their large selection of fun, festive tea accessories.
Great tea, friendly stores and above-and-beyond customer service. It seemed like a simple idea, but young entrepreneur David Segal and his cousin, retail pioneer Herschel Segal, couldn’t find anyone else that was doing it. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. Today DAVIDsTEA has over 85 stores across Canada and the US, and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon. You can choose from over 150 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the world. With colourful, modern packaging, sleek in-house designed tea accessories and friendly, welcoming attitude, DAVIDsTEA offers a tea experience that is fun, fresh and unintimidating. To keep up with the latest products and offers, follow them at

PETER PAN Tickets On Sale Friday, Nov. 30,2012

Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN 
To Play Cadillac Palace Theatre Jan. 30 – Feb. 10, 2013
CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2012) Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce single tickets for the two-time Emmy Award winning and two-time Tony® Award nominated production Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN! go on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 10 a.m.  Families and fans have their chance to ‘fly’ into the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph St.) for this magical production running Jan. 30 – Feb. 10, 2013.
PETER PAN is a unique, family friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy.  The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike.  The legend you thought you know, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible…Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN!
Joining the Tony® Award nominee Cathy Rigby is Broadway’s Brent Barrett as Mr. Darling/Hook.  Brent has entertained millions of fans around the world from Broadway to the West End, concerts halls, recording studios, film and television.  Kim Crosby (Cinderella in the original Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Jerry’s Girls) returns to play Mrs. Darling.
PETER PAN is produced by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Nederlander Presentations, Albert Nocciolino in association with Larry Earl Payton, Michael Filerman, Heni Koenigsberg and La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.  Direction by Glenn Casale who directed the 1999 Tony® Award nominated and Emmy winning PETER PAN starring Cathy Rigby.  Mr. Casale has been a resident at the California Musical Theatre for almost 23 seasons where he has directed over 550 shows.  The flying sequence choreographer, Paul Rubin, "The Fly Guy", has choreographed some of the most memorable flying sequences from the Tony® Award winning Broadway production of Wicked to Cathy Rigby's Emmy Award winning DVD of PETER PAN.  He has flown Cathy in over 1500 performances and choreographed flying sequences in over 300 different productions of Peter Pan in more than 10 countries.  The creative team includes Patti Columbo (Choreographer), Bruce Barnes (Musical Director), Michael Gilliam (Lighting Design), Julie Ferrin (Sound Design), Sean Boyd (Fight Director) and Julia Flores (Casting Director).
McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT (Tom McCoy & Cathy Rigby - Executive Producers) Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby are beginning their 17th season as Executive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Series at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.  Since the 1994/95 Season, McCoy Rigby has produced over 75 plays, musicals, concerts, dramas, and comedies. MRE has also produced several Broadway productions and National Tours including Peter Pan, Seussical the Musical both starring Cathy Rigby, Jesus Christ Superstar starring Carl Anderson, Camelot formerly starring Michael York and through 2008, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, and Happy Days, The Musical.  
Since 1990, Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby has made 4 stops on Broadway, garnering four Tony Nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical.  Other credits include the A&E Television Network Premiere of “Peter Pan,” which received 4 Emmy Award Nominations and one Emmy Award; “The Historic All Star Concert for Pope John Paul II” at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and the award-winning documentary on balancing wellness, titled “Faces of Recovery.”
 “PETER PAN sparkles with fairy dust!  Rigby has mastered the boy who wouldn’t grow up.” – Washington Post
The performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. (no matinee performance on Jan. 30)
Thursdays at 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. (no matinee performance on Feb. 7)
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. (no evening performance on Feb. 10)
Tickets for Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN!  at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range in price from $18-$85 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at 

For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Malibu Country star Reba McEntire graces the December/January cover of AARP The Magazine!

Malibu Country star Reba McEntire graces the December/January cover of AARP The Magazine and talks marriage, best friends and why she loves acting.  


On her marriage to husband and manager Narvel Blackstock:
“Narvel became my manager because everybody kind of patted me on the head and said, ‘You’ve done it. Good girl.’ They assumed I had peaked. Narvel was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Here’s what we could do.’”
“Narvel will go, ‘OK, we’ve got three days; where do you want to go?’ We keep it interesting.”
On her best friend and son, professional race car driver Shelby Blackstock:
“From the minute I knew I was pregnant, he and I bonded. It’s a special connection.”
“When I found out I had interviews in L.A. the day he was running Indianapolis, I almost cried. You never quit worrying about your children.”
On outgrowing her first marriage to National Steer-Wrestling Champion Charlie Battles:
“I wasn’t that little girl anymore, taking orders and doing what he said.”
On being comfortable with herself:
“I love what I’m doing, and I love me in my skin. Of course I’m still trying to figure out how to fix my hair, because I never learned that as a kid.”
On the camaraderie of acting:
“It’s something that’s wanted to come out ever since I was little, at playtime with another person. That’s what I absolutely love to do.”
On trying new things:
“People said, ‘Weren’t you scared you were going to fail?’ I’m not afraid of failure. I just want to try things. If they don’t work out, I’ll do something else.”

On her early fame:
“All I knew is, you recorded a song and got on the radio, and you was a star. I thought ‘OK, I’m ready.’ I wanted to be Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, up there with that stature.”
On comparisons to Dolly Parton:
It’s not that I’m a better singer. Dolly is still my idol. I still have not passed her in my eyes.”
Family and Friends on Reba:
“Reba totally makes it fun. There’s no ego. She comes in like she’s a teenager, laughing, going, ‘How are yew?’ Or, ‘He’s a mo-ron.’ That accent is to die for. And that little impish grin of hers cracks me up. She’s just normal, but you’d hardly call her average.” - Lily Tomlin, Emmy Award-winning actress and “Malibu Country” co-star
“God gave her vocal cords of steel but he also gave her a sweet style that sounds like nobody else.” –Linda Davis, Singer
You don’t want to be on her bad side…We used to do a lot of trap shooting, and she can hold her own when it comes to protecting herself.” –Linda Davis, Singer
“We’re best friends. We always get along. At least 99.9 percent of the time.” –Shelby Blackstock, son