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Sara Evans

Sara Evans in 2008.
Background information
Birth name Sara Lynn Evans
Born February 5, 1971 (1971-02-05) (age 39)
Origin New Franklin, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1992 – Present
Labels RCA Nashville
Associated acts Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes
Website Sara Evans Official Site

Sara Lynn Evans (born February 5, 1971, in New Franklin, Missouri) is a country singer and songwriter.

Evans was one of the few traditional-styled singers to emerge from Nashville in the late 1990s, according to Allmusic. Since emerging from the late-90s, Evans has made four No. 1 Country hits and Gold and Platinum-certified albums by the RIAA, like 2003's Restless and 2005's Real Fine Place. Her 2000 album, Born to Fly was certified Double-Platinum.

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Biography and Career

Early life and the rise to fame

Evans was born in New Franklin, Missouri, in 1971, and is of Welsh, English and Irish descent. She was raised on a farm, and was the eldest girl of seven children. By five she was singing weekends in her family's band. At age eight, she was struck by an automobile in front of the family home, and her legs suffered multiple fractures. Recuperating for months in a wheelchair, she continued singing to help pay her medical bills. When she was 16, she began performing at a nightclub near Columbia, Missouri, a gig that lasted two years.

Evans moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 to be a country music artist, where she met fellow musician, Craig Schelske. She then left Nashville with Schelske in 1992, when they moved to Oregon. After the couple married in 1993, Evans returned to Nashville in 1995, where Evans began recording demos [1]. Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard was impressed by Evans' demo of his song "Tiger by the Tail". Howard decided to help Evans' music career, which led to a signed contract with the RCA Nashville[2].

In 1997, Evans released her first album for RCA, Three Chords and the Truth. Critics praised the album for returning to traditional country and included it in many of their year's "top 10" lists. The video for "Three Chords and the Truth" directed by Susan Johnson was nominated for awards from Billboard Magazine, CMT and the MVPA. The album included a cover version of older Country song, Patsy Cline's "Imagine That", which originally reached No. 21 for Cline on the Country charts in 1962. None of the three singles made the top 40. It would be another year before Evans gained full popularity. In 1998 Evans released her second album, No Place That Far. Critics slammed her on choosing a more pop-country sound. Her first single, "Cryin' Game", hardly made a ripple on the charts though the music video, which re-teamed Evans with director Susan Johnson did very well in rotation. However, it was her next single, "No Place That Far", a duet with Vince Gill, that brought Evans massive success, reaching No. 1 on the Country charts, as well reaching the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40, Evans' first major hit. Because of the success the album gained, Evans' album was certifed "Gold" by the RIAA that year.

Breakthrough: The Born to Fly and Restless albums

In 2000, Evans worked on a third album to be released later that year. The title of the album, Born to Fly was released to stores on October 10, 2000, and later became another major-selling album. She insisted on hiring Seattle-based rock drummer Matt Chamberlain (The Wallflowers, Edie Brickell), who brought a different sound to her music.[3] The album became Evans' first album to receive a "Platinum" rating by the RIAA, and spawned four country hits, including the title track ("Born to Fly") which was the first single released from the album, reaching the No. 1 spot on the Country charts, Evans' first No. 1 as a solo artist. Hits continued from the album all the way into 2002. After "Born to Fly", the second single, "I Could Not Ask for More" was released in 2001, the country version of Edwin McCain's big Pop-Rock hit from the year before. Evans' version reached No. 2 on the country charts and was a No. 35 Pop hit, ironically an even bigger Pop hit than McCain's version on Billboard's Hot 100 (McCain's version reached No. 37). In 2002, the songs continued to be released from the album, "Saints and Angels" and "I Keep Looking" were the last two singles released from the album. "I Keep Looking" reached No. 5 and "Saints and Angels" reached No. 16. In 2004, the Born to Fly album was officially certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

In 2001, Evans was the most-nominated artist at the Country Music Association awards with seven nominations overall, and she won her first CMA award when "Born to Fly" won the award for Video of the Year, her first major award from Country music.

In 2003, Evans recorded a long-awaited fourth album, which was titled Restless. The album was released August 19, 2003 to stores. The first single released from the album in 2003, "Back Seat of a Greyhound Bus" was a Top 20 Country hit, reaching No. 16 on the Hot Country Songs list that year, but it did not hit the Billboard Hot 100, peaking outside it on the Bubbling Hot 100. Despite the album's first single not reaching the Top 10, the album still sold fairly well, debuting at No. 3 on the "Top Country Albums" list and the No. 20 on the "Billboard 200" list, and sold over 40,000 copies within its first week. However it was the album's next single, "Perfect" that broke Country's Top 10, eventually peaking in the top 5 at No. 2, barely missing Country's top spot. The third single from the album, "Suds in the Bucket", was the album's most successful single; it became Evans' third Number One hit and was also a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, it was Evans' first ever Gold-certified single by the RIAA. The album's fourth and final single, "Tonight," failed to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


Restless received a nomination in the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Success of the Real Fine Place album & Greatest Hits

After 2003's Restless album, Evans re-emerged with a fifth studio album titled Real Fine Place released October 4, 2005. The album's lead single, "A Real Fine Place to Start" was the album's first single, reaching No. 1 on the Country charts in 2005, as well as reaching the Pop Top 40 at No. 38. The single marked the first time Evans charted on Billboard's "Pop 100" and "Hot Digital Songs" chart, reaching No. 67 and No. 62 respectively. "A Real Fine Place" was another Gold-certified single by the RIAA. The album, sold 130, 000 copies within its first week, becoming Evans' first album to reach the No. 1 spot on the "Top Country Albums" chart, while also becoming her most successful album on the "Billboard 200" to date, reaching No. 3. The album sold three times more copies than her previous album had done in their first weeks. On December 6, 2005, Evans released the compilation album, Feels Like Home through Cracker Barrel stores. The album contains remixes of some of her most popular songs, including a live version of "Born to Fly" and an acoustic version of "No Place That Far". In 2005's the album's follow-up single "Cheatin'" was a top 10 Country hit, peaking at No. 9 there. The third single released from the album "Coalmine" was the least successful single, just about breaking Billboard's Country Top 40 chart in early 2006.

Sara Evans in concert in June 2007.

In 2006, R&R announced Evans as the "Female Vocalist of the Year" in its 2006 Readers' Poll. In spring 2006, Evans released Always There through Hallmark stores for Mothers' Day. The album has six of her favorite already-released songs, including a live version of "Suds in the Bucket" and an acoustic version of "Born to Fly." Two new songs are on the disc: "You Ought to Know by Now" and "Brooklyn & Austin."[4] In 2006, the last significant single from the Real Fine Place album was released titled, "You'll Always Be My Baby", which was a Top 20 Country hit, but missing Billboard's Hot 100, reaching a peak position on the Bubbling Hot 100 at #105. An album cut released from the album in 2006, "Missing Missouri" reached No. 52 on the Country charts that year. On May 23, 2006, Evans competed and performed at the 2006 ACM awards show in Las Vegas, where she won her first ACM for the "Top Female Vocalist". Evans also became a spokesperson for National Eating Disorders Association, and has spoken out widely on this subject, as she has been personally affected by it.[5] She also hosted a charity event, Fashion for Every Body, which featured a fashion show, silent auction and performance by Evans.[6]

On October 9, 2007, Evans released her first Greatest Hits collection. The compilation features four new songs, including the lead-off single "As If", which was a Top 20 hit on the country charts. Sara released the gift book "You'll Always Be My Baby" (based on her song). It was written by Evans, Tony Martin and Tom Shapiro[7]. It was announced on Monday, October 15, 2007, that Evans would host the 41st annual CMA Awards show with LeAnn Rimes on November 7, 2007.[8]

Evans also showed support for Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the 2008 Presidential race and was the headliner at his "Rally For The Republic" on September 2, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN, the same day as the Republican National Convention in neighboring St. Paul.[citation needed]

Career today & recording her sixth studio album

The single "Low" (sung by Sara Evans) was released to radio on September 29, 2008 to promote Billy: The Early Years (for the movie released October 10).[9] The song is featured on the movie's soundtrack which was released on October 7, 2008, and also includes other big name country artists. "Low" debuted (and peaked) on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at #59 on October 12, 2008. It only remained on the chart for one week before returning for a second week in January 2009 at the same position.

A book called "Sweet By and By" written by Evans, and author Rachel Hauck, was released on January 5, 2010.[10][11] It is the first release of a four-book deal inked with Thomas Nelson Fiction. The second book will be "Softly and Tenderly", and is to be released in January 2011, with the following third and fourth book to be released 2012 and 2013.[12]

Sara stated in a video posting to her fan club on December 23, 2008, that she is working with her brother Matt Evans and producer Nathan Chapman on her sixth studio album. The lead-off single, "Feels Just Like a Love Song"[13], was released on July 20, 2009. The song debuted and peaked at #59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart; after spending two weeks on the chart, it fell off. Her sixth studio album will be released in mid-2010, according to Sara in "Baby Blog" interview of family, life and career. The second single, "Desperately", is set for release to radio in March 2010.

In 2009, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet sponsored a tour, headlined by Sara Evans, that featured performances throughout the summer. Additionally, soap talent made appearances at her shows. Evans also participated in performances on the networks, as well as on-air interstitial campaigns and online promotions.[14]

In late 2009, Evans released a 4-song Christmas EP, I'll Be Home for Christmas, to coincide with her 2009 Christmas tour. The EP includes the title-track as well as "O' Come All Ye Faithful", "Go Tell It on the Mountain", and "New Again" (a duet with Brad Paisley). It was released on November 3, 2009 to digital retailers.[15]

Television Work

In April 2004, Evans appeared as a special guest on "Nashville Star".[16] She appeared on the game show "Password" in June 2008.[17]

In September 2006, Evans began competing with other celebrities on the third season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars with (professional) partner Tony Dovolani. Evans launched a new fan web site to provide behind-the-scenes material from her participation on the program. Evans was the first country music singer to ever participate in the show. However, then had to leave the show in October, originally citing personal reasons. However, it was later discovered Evans left due to a divorce.

Also in 2006, Evans guest starred on Jeff Foxworthy's TV show, Foxworthy's Big Night Out.

Evans made an appearance judging on HGTV Design Star in which she chose which of two redesigned rooms at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center was most like her own style. This aired on July 6th, 2008[18]

In October, 2008, Evans also hosted a charity skating fundraiser, "Skating for Life". Olympic skaters skated to Evans' songs.[19][20]

In March 2009, Evans hosted the ACM GAC Top New Artist Special, which launched the fan voting for the ACMs three new categories: Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group.[21]

Evans sang "God Bless America" during the All Star Game in St Louis, Missouri on July 12, 2009.[22]

Sara Evans' Band

Current Band:[23]

  • Jim Bloodgood - Drums
  • Matt Evans - Bass/Band Leader/Harmony Vocals (Sara's brother)
  • Lesley Evans Lyons - Harmony Vocals (Sara's sister)
  • Ashley Evans Simpson - Harmony Vocals (Sara's sister)
  • Jonathan Lawson - Fiddle/Acoustic Guitar/Harmony Vocals
  • Brent Wilson - Lead Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Mandolin/Harmony Vocals

Personal life

Evans endorsed former Senator Fred Thompson for president in 2008

Evans married Craig Schelske, an aspiring politician, in 1993,[24] and divorced in September 2007.[25] Evans and Schelske have three children: Avery (born August 21, 1999), Olivia (born January 22, 2003)[26] and Audrey Elizabeth (born October 6, 2004).

On June 14, 2008, Evans married Jay Barker, a former University of Alabama quarterback and current radio show host. They married in Franklin, Tennessee, with their children as their attendants.[27][28] Evans and her three children now live in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, with Barker and his four children.

Controversies

Since the time of the divorce from her now ex-husband, Evans has been the subject of numerous controversies. On October 12, 2006, Evans left Dancing with the Stars, citing personal reasons. On October 13, it was revealed that Evans had filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Craig Schelske.[29] An ex-nanny of Evans', Alison Clinton Lee, has sued her for three million dollars,[30] claiming that Evans has smeared her name by including it in her divorce papers from husband Craig Schelske, as one of the many women Evans claims he had affairs with.[31] The case was settled in July 2009, for $500,000.[32] Divorce documents filed in Williamson County, Tennessee, by Evans' estranged husband, Craig Schelske, accuse the singer of having close to a dozen affairs. The list includes singer/songwriter Richard Marx, country star Kenny Chesney, Dancing with the Stars partner Tony Dovolani, various members of Evans' band, and four of the five members of the rock band 3 Doors Down. A representative for Chesney called the allegations "ridiculous,"[33] and Kirt Webster, a spokesman for the rock band 3 Doors Down, stated that the accusations are "ludicrous" and "untrue" and that the band members "are saddened by what she's going through." [34]

On September 28, 2007, the divorce between Evans and Craig Schelske became final. Evans will pay him a minimum of $500,000 in alimony over a ten-year period. Evans was awarded custody of her three children with visitation rights to Schelske.[25]

On February 25th, 2010, Evans obtained the restraining order against Schelske. Documents say Schelske is not allowed to make any derogatory statements about Evans to the media or make allegations about what led to their divorce in the fall of 2007.[35]

Awards and nominations


Year Award Category Result
1997 Billboard Music Video Awards Best Country New Artist Video of the Year Won
1999 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Event of the Year Nominated
1999 Country Music Association Awards Horizon Award Nominated
2000 Country Music Association Awards Horizon Award Nominated
2001 Country Music Association Awards Video of the Year for "Born To Fly" Won
2001 Country Music Association Awards Single of the Year for "Born To Fly" Nominated
2001 Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year for "Born To Fly" Nominated
2001 Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year for Born To Fly Nominated
2001 Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2002 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Female Vocalist Nominated
2002 Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2004 Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2004 CMT Flameworthy Awards Female Video of the Year for "Perfect" Nominated
2004 BMI Country Awards 50 Most Performed Country Songs Award for "Perfect" Won
2005 CMT Music Awards Hottest Video of the Year for "Suds in the Bucket" Nominated
2005 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Female Vocalist Nominated
2005 Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year for Restless Nominated
2005 Country Music Association Awards Musical Event of the Year for "New Again" (with Brad Paisley) Nominated
2005 Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2006 CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year for "A Real Fine Place To Start" Nominated
2006 R&R Female Vocalist of the Year Won
2006 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Female Vocalist Won
2006 Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2007 CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year for "You'll Always Be My Baby" Nominated
2007 BMI Country Awards 50 Most Performed Country Songs Award for "You'll Always Be My Baby" Won
2008 BMI Country Awards 50 Most Performed Country Songs for "As If" Won

Discography

Albums

References

  1. ^ "Bubbly Beauty". Country Weekly. http://www.countryweekly.com/feature/764. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Music Preview: Sara Evans finds formula for country radio success". post-gazette.com. http://www.post-gazette.com/magazine/20010126evans4.asp. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  3. ^ Sara Evans biography at Great American Country TV.com
  4. ^ "Sara Evans Featured on Mother's Day CD". CMT. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1529933/20060501/evans_sara.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Sara Evans: "Diet Is A Four Letter Word"". GAC. http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_4774112,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Sara Evans Hosts Fashion For Every Body". GAC. http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_4926668,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Sara Evans' Latest Hit Made Into a Book". CMT. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1547439/20061206/evans_sara.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Reba McEntire to Sing Duet on CMA Awards". CMT. http://www.cmt.com/news/articles/1571971/20071015/mcentire_reba.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Billy Graham biopic shows at Bible belt churches ahead of October release". Guardian. 2008-08-11. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/11/usa.religion?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront. 
  10. ^ http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/538587.html?nav=5018
  11. ^ Sara releases her first book 'The Sweet By and By' today!
  12. ^ http://robinlee.typepad.com/i_was_just_thinking_/2010/01/an-interview-with-rachel-hauck-author-of-sweet-by-and-by.html
  13. ^ Sara Evans Announces Plans for New Single During Fan Club Party
  14. ^ Sara Evans Brings Songs to Soap Operas
  15. ^ http://saraevans.com/?inc=5&news_id=17157
  16. ^ "SARA EVANS ON NASHVILLE STAR". CountryWeekly.com. 2004-04-23. http://www.countryweekly.com/scoop/1088. 
  17. ^ "Sara Plays Password". CountryWeekly.com. 2008-06-26. http://www.countryweekly.com/sara_evans/scoop/3115. 
  18. ^ http://realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com/blog/2008/07/06/sara-evans-to-appear-on-hgtv-design-star/
  19. ^ Stelzer, Christy (2008-10-13). "Skating for Life". WMBD-TV/WYZZ. http://centralillinoisproud.com/content/fulltext/?cid=26521. 
  20. ^ "Skating event filmed at Coliseum to air on NBC this weekend". Pantagraph. 2008-10-23. http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2008/10/23/freetime/doc49005c36e69cd706272770.txt. 
  21. ^ Evans to host ACM GAC Top New Artist Special
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ [2]
  24. ^ "Sara Evans Balances Superstardom With Supermom-hood". GAC. http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_cma_close_up/article/0,,GAC_26068_4740202,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  25. ^ a b "Country Star Sara Evans Granted Divorce". msn.com. http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=277629&GT1=7702. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  26. ^ "Sara Evans Welcomes Daughter". CMT. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1459709/20030127/evans_sara.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  27. ^ Sara Evans Marries Her Football Hero - Weddings, Sara Evans : People.com
  28. ^ FIRST LOOK: Sara Evans Wedding Photo - Weddings, Music News, Sara Evans : People.com
  29. ^ "Country Singer Sara Evans Cites Porn, Adultery and Abuse in Divorce Papers". ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=2563441. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  30. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007704110474 Tennessean.com Retrieved on May 14, 2007
  31. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007704110474 Tennessean.com Retrieved on 05-14-07
  32. ^ http://www.theboot.com/2009/07/16/sara-evans-former-nanny-settles-lawsuit/
  33. ^ Finn, Natalie. "Ex Accuses Sara Evans of Being Really Restless." E!Online [3]
  34. ^ "Joe Nichols Marries by Candlelight in an old Georgia Chapel". The Tennessean. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007709110371. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  35. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2010-02-26-sara-evans_N.htm

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Sara Evans
File:Sarah Evans
Sara Evans in 2007.
Background information
Birth name Sara Lynn Evans
Born February 5, 1971 (1971-02-05) (age 40)
Origin New Franklin, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1997 – Present
Labels RCA Nashville
Associated acts Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes
Website Sara Evans Official Site

Sara Evans (born February 5, 1971) is a traditional country singer born in Boonville, Missouri. She has had several #1 hits, gold albums and platinum albums.

Early life

Music was a big part of her life when she was young. At age 8, she was hit by a car in front of her house and broke both of her legs. She spent months in a wheelchair and kept singing to pay her hospital bills.

At age 16, she began performing in a nightclub in Columbia, Missouri. She did this for two years. At age 20, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee because she wanted to be a country music singer. She met musician Craig Schelske there. A year later, they moved to Oregon, but when they married, they moved back to Nashville.

In 1995, Sara began recording demos. Someone named Harland Howard was impressed by them so much he decided to help her get a contract. This paid off when she signed with RCA Records.

Her first album under RCA was called Three Chords and the Truth, released in 1997. People liked it for being traditional, and it was in many Top 10 lists for that year.

However, country music radio didn't like it that much. None of the singles made the Top 40.

In 1998, Sara released her next album, No Place That Far. People didn't like it because it was more of a pop-country sound. The first single (Cryin' Game) didn't do anything, but the next single (No Place That Far, a duet with Vince Gill) became a #1 hit. Because of that the album was certified gold.








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