Country artist Sara Evans recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Evans discussed her love for performing, how her children influence her songwriting and her forthcoming new studio album, among other topics.
"I am in the studio as we speak working on a new album. I've been writing all year [and] I've been listening to songs all year. … It's really, really exciting to start making new music," said Evans. "Isaac Slade [of] the Fray came in and sang [a song for] my album and it was one of the most amazing musical experiences I've ever had."
A Missouri native, Evans broke through when her rendition of Buck Owens' "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" persuaded the song's GRAMMY-nominated writer Harlan Howard to introduce her to executives at RCA Nashville. The label signed Evans in 1996 and a year later she released her debut album, Three Chords And The Truth. The album reached No. 56 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. In 1998 Evans' sophomore effort, No Place That Far, peaked at No. 11 on the Country Albums chart on the strength of the No. 1 Country Singles hit of the same name.
Evans' third album, 2000's Born To Fly, peaked at No. 6 on the Country Albums chart. She followed with 2003's Restless, 2005's Real Fine Place and 2011's Stronger, which peaked at No. 20, No. 3 and No. 6 on the Billboard 200, respectively. In January 2013 Evans released Playlist: The Very Best Of Sara Evans, a compilation of some of her greatest hits, including "No Place That Far," "Born To Fly" and "I Could Not Ask For More."
Aside from recording her seventh studio album, Evans is the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through September.