Elisa Gayle Ritter biography- Ex-wife of Narvel Blackstock

Who is Elisa Gayle Ritter?

There has been a lot of confusion regarding Elisa Gayle Ritter. However, you’re not to be blamed, as almost every site covering Elisa confused her with Reba McEntire.

Some sites even claimed that Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire are twins or the same person. However, few doubted if she existed.

So we set our research team to find out the true story, and we successfully did.

To give you some context, Elisa Gayle Ritter is the first wife of Narvel Blackstock. They divorced in 1988 and married Reba McEntire.

Elisa and Narvel were teenagers when they married. She was just 17 years old. The ex-couple had three children from their marriage.

To learn more about the life of Elisa Gayle Ritter and her life after her divorce from Narvel, continue reading.

Elisa Gayle Ritter Biography
Elisa Gayle Ritter Biography

Quick Facts


Elisa Gayle Ritter childhood photo with her friends
Elisa Gayle Ritter’s childhood photo with her friends

Elisa Gayle Ritter was born on January 6, 1956, in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, to David and Lisa Ritter. As of 2022, she has turned 66 years old

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

Elisa has completed her education at Arlington Heights High School and

the University of Houston. She married Narvel Blackstock on March 30, 1973, at 17.

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.


Narvel Blackstock (Ex-Husband)

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock

Narvel was born on August 31, 1956, to Narvel Leroy and Gloria Blackstock. He is a well-known music producer and talent manager. He has worked with big names in the music industry, such as Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and Linda Davis, to name a few.

Narvel is the founder of Starstruck Entertainment.

Narvel started working as a steel guitar player for Reba McEntire.

In 1988, Elisa and Narvel Blackstock divorced, but they didn’t reveal the reason. Finally, after a year of divorcing, he married Reba McEntire on June 03, 1989. Narvel is currently dating real estate agent Laura Putty Stroud.

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.

Related: Read about Narvel Blackstock, the first husband of Elisa Gayle Ritter

Daniel Gilbert (Husband)

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


Elisa Gayle Ritter and Narvel Blackstock had three children from their marriage fifteen years of marriage.

Shawna Rene Blackstock

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 daughter of Elisa and Narvel. Shawna was born in 1973. She is now 50 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.

RELATED: Shawna Rene Blackstock- The elder daughter of Elisa Gayle Ritter

Brandon Blackstock

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

Born in 1976, Brandon Blackstock is Elisa’s second child and the only son from the relationship.

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

The youngest daughter, Chassidy Celeste Blackstock
The youngest daughter, Chassidy Celeste Blackstock

Chassidy is the youngest daughter, who was born in 1978. Celeste 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.

Elisa Gayle Ritter Career

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.

RELATED: Reba McEntire- Second wife of Narvel Blackstock

Elisa Gayle Ritter Net Worth

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 her net worth is from the divorce settlement 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.


Is Elisa Gayle Ritter related to John Ritter?

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 that the two are related. 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 and Elisa related?

Elisa Ritter is the first wife of Narvel. Soon after divorcing Elisa, Narvel married Reba. He was part of the band member of a country singer. Both are not related to each other than having a common ex-husband. During our research, we didn’t see 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 67 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.

Are Reba McEntire And Elisa Ritter The Same Person?

Unfortunately, online media covering celebrities’ biographies have not done an excellent job of finding out who Elisa Gayle Ritter is until now. Instead, they have confused her with Reba McEntire, the second wife of Narvel. We did in-depth research on Elisa and were the first 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.

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