DECEMBER 5, 2017 -- Sara Evans walked into Popdust HQ humble as can be. Sweet and gracious to everyone in her path, it's obvious why she has become so successful, beyond her undeniable vocal talent and knack for songwriting. Her warmth lit up the room and she seemed like more of a loving mother than a multi-platinum entertainer, but that's the thing: Sara is both. A true role model for women who want it all, Sara has proven that through hard work and discipline you truly can have the amazing career and family life you want. Her interview with us at Popdust was nothing short of wonderful.
About Sara Evans: This multi-platinum entertainer is at the top of her game. With five No. 1 Country singles including "No Place That Far," "Suds In The Bucket, "A Real Fine Place To Start," "Born to Fly," and "A Little Bit Stronger," which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A., Sara thrills audiences across the U.S. playing close to 100 shows each year. Her "stunning, country voice" (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit chart-topping single, "Born to Fly" from her double-platinum album of the same name.
In 2014 Evans released her critically acclaimed seventh studio album Slow Me Down, which debuted at #2 on the Country Album Chart and landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, winning over fans and media alike and dubbed her best album to date. Named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," Evans' career also includes the platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place andRestless and the gold-certified No Place That Far. Sara continues to forge a bold, creative path with the launch of Born To Fly Records, distributed by Sony RED, and her highly anticipated eighth studio album, Words, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart. The project has been dubbed the album of her lifetime and "captures an artist in full musical flight" (Associated Press).
In addition to a prolific country music career, Sara is an accomplished author, lifestyle blogger and Red Cross ambassador who in 2008 was presented with the national Crystal Cross award for her work with the disaster-relief organization.
When we met Sara she was on her limited engagement At Christmas Tour to bring holiday cheer across America. She had just kicked off the holiday season performing for over 3.5 million people at The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Along with that, she made appearances on The Chew and performed at a concert for SirusXM's Country Christmas channel. She expressed how excited she is for 2018 announcing that she'll headline 2018's 4th Annual CMT Next Women of Country Tour. Her new album Words released July 21st of this year and debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. So what's the life of a country super star like?
Sara grew up in a musical family. Her mother and father took her and her brother around performing at various restaurants and rodeos from a young age, so Sara was no stranger to the stage. At sixteen, she moved to Nashville to try and get signed and get people to hear her music. Shortly later she was signed and working on her first album. Sara stressed that if you're driven and dedicated and don't let anything get in your way, anything is possible. The rest is history I suppose. Sara spent the next years growing into the country icon that she is today. She now lives in Alabama with her husband and children.
Sara's family comes with her on tour, but she laughs telling us that her kids don't come see the show anymore. "They've seen it a million times," she says. Family is at the forefront of Words as daughter Olivia Evans (14) sings on "Marquee Sign" and Sara's siblings Matt Evans, Lesley Evans Lyons and Ashley Evans Simpson provide harmonies on "Night Light." In "Letting You Go," Sara pours out her heart for son and oldest child Avery as he prepares to embark on his senior year of high school. She expressed that her family is the most important things to her and how proud she is of her children and how smart, hard-working, and talented they have grown to be.
Words marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005's Real Fine Place,2014's Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon and Craig Dunn provide A&R direction. The first single "Marquee Sign" is written by Sara with Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan. The album features fourteen separate female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, HillaryScott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and of course Sara herself, contribute their words to the stunning, upcoming record. Sara continues to forge a bold, creative path with the launch of Born To Fly Records, distributed by Sony RED. The album already boasts five No. 1 country singles including "No Place That Far," "Suds In The Bucket, "A Real Fine Place To Start," "Born to Fly,"and "A Little Bit Stronger," which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
WATCH "Marquee Sign"
Sara has partnered with ONEHOPE Wine to develop the ONEHOPE Sara Evans Signature Series 2014 Napa ValleyCabernet Sauvignon. Every purchase of the limited edition bottle - available at onehopewine.com/saraevans - will benefit the CMA Foundation, helping fund quality and sustainable music education programs throughout the U.S.
Sara Evans "Words" LP
- Long Way Down (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)
- Marquee Sign (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)
- Diving in Deep (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)
- All the Love You Left Me (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)
- Like the Way You Love Me (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)
- Rain and Fire (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)
- Night Light (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)
- I Need a River (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)
- I Don't Trust Myself (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)
- Make Room at the Bottom (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)
- Words (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)
- I Want You (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)
- Letting You Go (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)
- A Little Bit Stronger (Acoustic) (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird)
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