April 26th, 2013
About Sara Evans
Sometimes the best way for an artist to move forward is to take time to be still. There’s nothing that feeds a creative soul like taking time to soak up life and marinate in the moments that matter. Sara Evans embraced that philosophy, and now, six years after her last studio album, she’s back with Stronger, a landmark record filled with the kind of gutsy explorations on life and love that have made Evans one of the most compelling female vocalists of her generation.
If people are surprised to hear that Evans is back, it’s because it didn’t seem as though she’d ever gone away. She continued to tour and maintain close contact with her active fan base. She became an author, signing a three-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishers, which has already published two of her novels – The Sweet By and By and Softly and Tenderly. She released a greatest hits collection that included four new tunes, and she’s continually remained a favorite at country radio thanks to such hits as “Born to Fly,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “I Keep Looking,” “Perfect,” “No Place That Far” and “A Real Fine Place to Start.”
The album’s lead single, “A Little Bit Stronger,” is a portrait of a survivor that carries an empowering message. The song has quickly become one of the most successful singles in Evans’ career, approaching the half-million digital sales mark even before the release of her album. Though Evans readily admits she’s the happiest she’s ever been in her life, her new album is a diverse collection of songs that don’t represent a singular season. Stronger is just the latest jewel in an already stellar career. The New Franklin, MO, native has come a long way from singing with her family’s band as a child having garnered numerous accolades including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist honor in 2006 and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year prize for “Born to Fly.”
Evans admits to having mixed feelings about taking so long between albums. “If I’d released this music any sooner than now, I know it wouldn’t have been the right timing,” she says. My manager said to me, ‘You just need to wait for the right song, and if you wait for the right song, it will all fall into place.’
He was right. Country radio and the fans have embraced her new music, and Evans couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter in her career. “My goal with this album and then all the albums to come is just to continue to make the very best music that I can possibly make. I want to be at the top,” she says, and the supportiveness of her husband is certainly as empowering as any lyric Evans might sing. “Jay tells me, ‘There’s nothing you can’t do. There’s nowhere you can’t go.’