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Elisa Gayle Ritter biography- Ex-wife of Narvel Blackstock

Who is Elisa Gayle Ritter?

Elisa Gayle Ritter is a music producer from Tarrant County, Texas. She was married to Narvel Blackstock. She is the first wife of Narvel.

Narvel married Elisa when she was 17. They have three kids from the relationship. 

After divorcing Narvel, she has been off the main media; however, we discovered a few pages of her life and her new husband thanks to social media.

She is married and settled with Daniel Gilbert now.

Additionally, people confuse Elisa with Reba Mcentire. We will clear the confusion for you in this article. 

Read everything you need to know about Elisa Gayle Ritter.

Elisa Gayle Ritter Biography

Quick facts

Maiden NameElisa Gayle Ritter
Full nameElisa Gilbert
BirthdateJanuary 06, 1956
Age66 years old
Sun signCapricorn
TraitsPositive: Practical, independent, and self-reliant
Negative: Bit distant, emotionless, and overly analytical
BirthplaceTarrant County, Texas, USA
Marital statusMarried
SpouseDaniel Gilbert (Married)
Narvel Blackstock (Divorced)
ChildrenShawna Rene Blackstock
Brandon Blackstock
Chassidy Celeste Blackstock
GrandchildrenChelsea Meyers
Savannah Blackstock
Seth Blackstock
River Rose Blackstock
Remington Alexander Blackstock
Mason Standefer
Jason Kate Standefer
ProfessionTV producer
Net worthUSD 15 million
Social mediaFacebook

Early life

Elisa Gayle Ritter childhood photo with her friends
Can you guess who is Elisa Gayle Ritter here?

Elisa Gayle Ritter was born on January 6, 1956, in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. 

Elisa is a Capricorn. Capricorn females are full of wisdom and resourcefulness. However, their strong personalities often intimidate others. 

She is 5-foot 8-inch tall. 

Having just turned 17, she married Narvel Blackstock on March 30, 1973.

Elisa Gayle Ritter was very supportive of her husband. She stood by him through thick and thin. 

Narvel was a struggling musician who made a few bucks from gigs at pubs, etc. So you can imagine how difficult it would have been for the couple to make ends meet. They struggled a lot.

The couple worked several temporary jobs. 

However, never giving up on each other finally paid off. Eventually, both managed to break into the entertainment industry. 

Elisa and Narvel’s relationship took a nasty turn after 15 years of marriage. It resulted in divorce on March 31, 1988. 

After the divorce from Narvel, she married Daniel Gilbert. She now goes by the name Elisa Gilbert on Facebook.

Relationships of Elisa Gayle Ritter

Narvel Blackstock (divorced)

Ex husband of Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire
Narvel Blackstock

Narvel was born on August 31, 1956. He is 65 years old.

Before becoming a television producer, Narvel was also Reba’s music band manager. He currently manages artists like Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and Linda Davis.

Elisa Gayle Ritter married Narvel on March 30, 1973, at 17. She had three children with Narvel- Shawna Rene BlackstockBrandon Blackstock, and Chassidy Celeste Blackstock

While Narvel and Elisa have not revealed the reason for their divorce, cheating and a busy schedule are thought to be the main reasons. 

Narvel’s job involved a lot of traveling since he was a steel guitar player for the Reba McEntire‘s band. As a result, the relationship became weaker and weaker.

Elisa gayle ritter and Narvel Blackstock
Elisa gayle ritter and Narvel Blackstock

After a year of divorcing, Narvel married Reba McEntire on June 03, 1989. 

Unfortunately, the marriage with Reba was so fast that it led to assumptions that Narvel was already having an affair with Reba McEntire while he was still in a relationship with his first wife, Elisa Gayle Ritter.

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Daniel Gilbert (Married)

Elisa and Daniel Gilbert together
Elisa Gayle Ritter with her husband, Daniel Gilbert

After the divorce from Narvel, she was entirely off the radar. However, we started researching and were able to find her on Facebook. Elisa Gayle Ritter is now married to a handsome man Daniel Gilbert.

They love each other’s company a lot. So it seems from the online photos they share on FB.

Daniel Gilbert seems to be a man devoted to the relationship and has given her the time and love that every woman desires. Elisa is also happy and content with the man in his life.

Daniel Gilbert- Second husband of Elisa
Daniel Gilbert- Second husband of Elisa

Shawna Rene Blackstock (daughter)

Shawna Rene Blackstock aka Shawna Meyers daughter of Narvel Blackstock
The eldest child of Elisa Gayle Ritter, Shawna Blackstock, with her Husband Jason Slade Meyers

Shawna Rene Blackstock is the eldest child of Elisa’s marriage with Narvel. Shawna was born in 1973. She is now 49 years old.

She is married to Jason Slade Meyers. They have a daughter Chelsea Meyers.

She works as a hairstylist at Elite Studios Salon & Suites.

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Brandon Blackstock (son)

Brandon Blackstock son of Elisa Grayle Ritter
Brandon Blackstock son of Elisa Grayle Ritter

Brandon Blackstock is her second child and the only son from the relationship. He was born in 1976.

Brandon was initially married to Melissa Ashworth. He has two children with Melissa, Savannah Blackstock, and Seth Blackstock.

After divorcing Melissa, he married Kelly Clarkson. Brandon and Kelly had two children from their marriage, River Rose Blackstock and Remington Alexander Blackstock.

In June 2020, the couple filed for divorce. They stated “irreconcilable difference” as the primary reason for the divorce.

Before officially separating, the family lived for a few months in their Montana house due to a pandemic.

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock with their children
Family photo of Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock

Chassidy Celeste Blackstock (daughter)

Chassidy Celeste Blackstock the youngest sister
Chassidy Celeste Blackstock, the youngest sister

Chassidy is the youngest daughter who was born in 1978.

Chassidy Celeste Blackstock is married to Scott Standefer and has two children.

Mason Standefer is the only son and the eldest child of Chassidy and Scott Standefer. He is the grandson of Elisa from Chassidy.

Jadyn Standefer granddaughter of Elisa Gayle Ritter from Chassidy Blackstock and Scott Standefer
Jadyn Standefer, granddaughter of Elisa Gayle Ritter from Chassidy Blackstock and Scott Standefer

Jadyn Kate Standefer is the second granddaughter of Elisa Ritter from the marriage of Chassidy and Scott Standefer.

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Elisa Gayle Ritter doesn’t seem to have a track record as far as her career is concerned. At the moment, she appears to be retired and is a housewife.

We’ve gathered from multiple sources that she was working in the industry, too.

She has worked as a tv producer. However, her former husband, Narvel, has had an established career in the entertainment industry. He was in Reba McEntire’s band as a steel guitarist.

Elisa Gayle Ritter
Elisa Gayle Ritter

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The net worth of Elisa Gayle Ritter

Ex wife of Narvel Blackstock, Elisa Gayle Ritter with her new husband Daniel  in a family reunion
Daniel Gilbert and Elisa Ritter at the table together

Her net worth is less than USD 15 million. We estimate that a large portion of the net worth is from the divorce settlement that she must have received from Narvel.

At the time of divorce, Narvel was at the peak of his career. So the amount can easily be near it or something significant.

Elisa has been spending her life comfortably with Daniel Gilbert.

Social media


Elisa Gayle Ritter attend her husbands family reunion
Family Reunion photo of Elisa’s husband, Daniel Gilbert

Elisa Gayle Ritter has a FB account with the name Elisa Gilbert. Of course, she changed her last name because she married Daniel.

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People are speculating that Elisa Ritter and John Ritter are related. We reckon they share the same last name and are from the entertainment industry. However, there is little to no evidence pointing out if the two are related anyway.

Elisa was born in Texas, while John Ritter was born in California. The two have never seemed to be together in any photo or video.

Are Reba McEntire and Elisa Ritter the same person?

Unfortunately, online media covering celebrities’ biographies have not done an excellent job finding out who Elisa Gayle Ritter is until now. Instead, they have confused her with Reba McEntire, the second wife of Narvel.

They have used Reba’s photo claiming it to be of Elisa.

We did in-depth research on Elisa and were the first ones to discover her Facebook profile and photo. Elisa Gayle Ritter is less known in the industry as she didn’t have significant opportunities like Reba. In contrast, Reba McEntire is a multi-Grammy-winning American singer with a huge fan following.

Reba McEntire and Elisa are not look-alikes. They are two different individuals. The only thing common between them is that both are ex-wives of Narvel. Below is the photo of Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire side by side. You will see they are two different people.

Photo of Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire side by side
Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire, side by side

Elisa Ritter is the first wife of Narvel. Soon after divorcing Elisa, Narvel married Reba. He was part of the band member of the country singer.

Both are not related to each other than having a common ex-husband. Additionally, during our research, we didn’t come across any photo of Elisa and Reba together that may indicate they were on talking terms. It seems they avoid each other.

Is Elisa Ritter real?

Elisa Ritter is a real person. She is now married to Daniel, and her last name has changed. She is now known as Elisa Gilbert. To check her FB profile, click the link below to visit the page.

Who is Narvel dating now?

Narvel is currently dating Laura Putty Stroud. She is a real estate agent who deals with luxurious houses and has a high-end clientele. Interestingly she is the best friend of Reba McEntire. Laura shares photos with Narvel on her Instagram account.

How old is Elisa Gayle?

Elisa Gayle was born in Tarrant County, Texas, in 1956. As of 2021, she will be 66 years old.

Is Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband Reba McEntire’s son?

Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband Brandon Blackstock is the son of Elisa Gayle Ritter and Narvel. Brandon is Reba McEntire’s stepson from his ex-husband, Narvel, first marriage.

Who is Brandon Blackstock’s mother?

Elisa Gayle Ritter is the mother of Brandon Blackstock. Reba McEntire is the stepmother.

Reba has only a son, Shelby Blackstock, from the marriage with Narvel.