Is Elisa Gayle Ritter the same person as Reba McEntire? See pictures and facts


Born Elisa Gayle Ritter on 6 January 1956 in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, she is an American music producer and famous television personality. Ritter is famously known for her marriage to her ex-husband, television and music producer Narvel Blackstock. 

Also, her misrepresented identity, which has been a thing on the internet over the years, has made her a commonly-searched subject on Google. The 65-year-old had a successful career during which she has impacted greatly on the industry and achieved a lot.

It is not strange or new that oftentimes celebrities and public figures are famous for the wrong reasons. In cases like that, illustrious careers and notable achievements remain in the shadows. It is unfair, but the internet thrives on sensationalism than anything else, and because of this, it is easy to be known for what you would rather not.

Elisa is one of such people whose careers and accomplishments are overshadowed by the wrong internet sensation. Her identity became a matter of controversy in 2020 when a Twitter user declared she was the same person as musician Reba McEntire.

Indeed, Reba is also an ex-wife of Elisa’s ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock, who looks just like Elisa, but that is all that links the two people. However, mischief-makers managed to succeed in making them the same person, so much that the public has had difficulties differentiating them.

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This viral image uses one of Reba McEntire to represent Elisa Gayle Ritter, falsely parading them as identical women.

Unfair to Elisa, you will agree because it is her own identity that suffered for it the most, as she is rather thought to be the same person as Reba McEntire and not the other way round. We will try to shed more light on her life, career and maybe, even clear the air of controversy about her identity. First, let’s take a look at ten facts about her.

10 facts about Elisa Gayle Ritter

  1. Elisa’s son Brandon was married to famous singer Kelly Clarkson from 2013 to 2020.
  2. She herself has been married twice in her 65 years. Her first husband is Narvel Blackstock, and they were married for 16 years. Daniel Gilbert is her second husband, and they are still together.
  3. Elisa was just 17 years old when she had her first wedding on 30 March 1973.
  4. She has three children from her marriage to Narvel Blackstock, and they are Shawna Rene Blackstock, Brandon Blackstock, and Chassidy Celeste Blackstock.
  5. Elisa is a grandmother to many as her son Brandon has two children from his first marriage and two more from his marriage to Kelly Clarkson. Likewise, she has grandchildren from her two daughters, Shawna and Chassidy.
  6. Ritter’s stepson Shelby Blackstock is a famous American Race car driver.
  7. Her son Brandon has also been married twice. He first got married to Melissa J. Blackstock, and later to Kelly Clarkson.
  8. Her ex-husband is currently dating her best friend, Television producer Laura Putty Stroud.
  9. She, alongside Narvel Blackstock, has managed artists like Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and even Reba McEntire.
  10. As of 2021, Elisa is worth an estimated total of $20 million, and the bulk of her income comes from her TV production.

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Early life and education

For someone who has been in the entertainment business for decades, Elisa is a very private person. There is very little information about her childhood, parents, and siblings. All that is known at the time of writing this is that she was born and raised in Tarrant County, Texas. Details about her education are not known either. It is worthy of note that she only started getting famous after her marriage to Yankee TV producer Narvel Blackstock.


As earlier said, Elisa is an AN Yankee TV producer, and she has managed a variety of highly-rated artists like Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and Reba McEntire. She was one of the pillars of Narvel Blackstock’s success in the television and music industry. However, just like her early life and background, there is hardly any information about her career timeline available to the public. One might want to think she dedicated most of her early years as a TV producer to support that of her husband. Narvel is known to have won several awards as a music and TV producer, and Elisa has been a big part of that while also thriving on her own.

Personal life

Elisa Gayle Ritter’s personal life is what has been of most interest to the public about her. These interests include inquiries about her early involvement in a romantic relationship, and her marriage at 17. Some want to know why many think she and Reba McEntire are the same people.

Narvel Blackstock

Elisa met Narvel Blackstock when she was 15 years old, and they started dating. After two years of courtship, the two got married in March 1973. While she was aged 17 at the time, she was still a few months older than Narvel, who was born in August 1956.

Elisa had her first child, Shawna Blackstock, in the same year that she got married. Their second child, Brandon, was born three years later in 1976, and Chassidy, their last child together, came in 1978. It is known that in the early stages of the marriage, Elisa and her husband struggled to make ends meet, and they had to take up multiple odd jobs to make ends meet. After all, they were only just teenagers at the time.

Elisa's first son, Brandon and ex wife Kelly Clarkson
Elisa’s first son, Brandon and ex wife Kelly Clarkson

Although the cause of their separation has not been established, several sources have said the couple drifted apart gradually when Narvel’s work started to make him unavailable at home. In 1988, after almost 16 years of being together, the couple got divorced.

Narvel Blackstock children

A year after his marriage with Elisa ended, Narvel Blackstock tied the knot with Reba McEntire in a beautiful private ceremony that took place in Lake Tahoe. They welcomed a son, Shelby Blackstock, in 1990. Navel, of course, already had three children with his ex-wife bringing his total number of children to four.

Narvel Blackstock net worth

Narvel became Reba’s manager after they got married. Together, they created Starstruck Entertainment, a company that has many A-list artists signed under its management. He has also produced for several notable acts in the industry. Narvel Blackstock net worth is currently around $50 million, and the former talent manager recently sold a property he co-owned with his ex-wife, Reba, for a total of $22.5 million.

Daniel Gilbert

Elisa Gayle Ritter has since remarried, and she is currently with her husband, Daniel Gilbert. Not much is known about him except that he was born on 17 January 1962 to a Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Also, we found out that he is an investor and a successful businessman. Elisa and Daniel have no children together.

Elisa Ritter and current husband, Daniel Gilbert
Elisa Ritter and current husband, Daniel Gilbert

Reba McEntire

Reba Nell McEntire is an American country singer, songwriter, and actress, who began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. She has an outstanding career that spans almost five decades. In her 46 years as a musician, she has made a staggering 33 studio albums and has won several awards like the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, and so on. Reba has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Reba McEntire performing on stage
Reba on stage

She is also known widely for her 26-year marriage to music and TV producer, Narvel Blackstock whom she married in 1989. Their union produced a son, Shelby Blackstock, and a thriving business, Starstruck Entertainment.

Is Reba married?

For some reason, this question is one of the most asked about the 66-year-old music star. Reba had been married once before her union with Narvel Blackstock. McEntire was married to steer wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles for 11 years. Charlie was 10 years her senior, and together they had two sons before they got divorced in 1987.

Reba married Narvel two years after that and remained with him for 26 years. Two years after her divorce from him, she began a relationship with photographer Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo. The relationship ended in 2019. Currently, she is seeing film and TV actor Rex Linn, but they are not married yet. So, to answer the question, Reba is not married.

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Reba and current partner, Rex Linn

The Country star was among the multiple persons who were rescued from a historic building in Oklahoma after a stairwell collapsed. She had been touring the historic building for a potential future project when the incident happened.

KXII reported that the stairwell between the second and third stories of the building collapsed and fell onto the stairway between the first and second stories.

The destruction effectively trapped all who were inside on whichever floor they were on at the time, and they couldn’t get out.

One of the seven other persons who were in the building, Coby Sherrill, recalled the incident, stating: “We were just touring the building and the stairwell was weak, but we did not realize how weak it was until several people had gone down it and then we heard the crash and saw the stairs fall.”

According to reports by News 12, McEntire and the other persons in the building had to be evacuated on a fire ladder from a second-story window on Tuesday. Speaking with Fox News, the superstar confirmed that she was in the building but was safely evacuated.

In her statement, she said: “while my team and I were in Atoka, OK yesterday checking out an old historical building, a staircase collapsed. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. We were safely evacuated from the building thanks to the quick response from the Atoka fire and police departments.”

Sharing her gratitude on Twitter, Reba McEntire wrote: “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. We were safely evacuated from the building thanks to the quick response from the Atoka fire and police departments.”

Reba McEntire net worth

As of April 2021, Reba McEntire is estimated to have a net worth of $95 million, which comes as no surprise as she has had a successful career. To date, Reba has sold more than 90 million records globally.

Reba and Elisa controversy

Elisa Gayle Ritter suddenly became a big sensation around June 2020. A Twitter user seemed to have realised that she looked like Reba McEntire and they had both been married to the same man at different points. This sparked an internet frenzy which resulted in all sorts of theories. Some said they were twins, some even went as far as suggesting they were clones. Here are some of the comments on Twitter:

“They’re both Reba. There are no online photos of Elisa Gayle Ritter, so when you look her up on google images Reba’s photo comes up. Every article relating to her also talks about Reba because she married Elisa’s ex-husband. Google algorithm magic and they’re the same person”

“More clones! Elisa Gayle Ritter looks to be cut from the same mold as Reba McEntire. They were also both married to the same guy. Illuminati!”

“Okay no you have got to be kidding me. Are we sure Elisa Gayle Ritter didn’t just change her name to Reba in 1989? Like what is going on? This don’t sit right on my spirit.”

From what we have gathered on Google images, below is a photo of both women side by side.

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Elisa Gayle Ritter (left) and Reba McRntire (right)

Clearly, they are different people, but some search results will instead turn out different pictures of Reba McEntire and claim that one was of Elisa Gayle Ritter, further giving false credence to the theory of their exaggerated resemblance.

Elisa Gayle Ritter net worth

Although not so much is known about her career as a TV producer, Elisa reportedly has had a very successful career. She has made quite a fortune while at it too. She currently has a net worth of $20 million.


The internet can be a terrible place sometimes, as in this case for how it has misrepresented the identity of Elisa Gayle Ritter. The issue is so bad it is difficult to find an original photo of her on the internet because she has been portrayed to be someone else.

None of these, however, takes anything away from her life, her accomplishments, and of course her family. Elisa lives happily with her husband Daniel Gilbert, has a beautiful and large family of children, grandchildren and a stepson. Indeed, she could care less about a mashed up identity and can count her blessings.

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