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Sara Evans

Real name: Sara Lynn Evans
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single
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Biography

Sara Lynn Evans was born in Boonville, Missouri of English and Irish descent. She was raised on a farm, as the oldest girl among seven children. Music was a part of her life at an early age; by five she was singing every weekend in her family's band. At age eight, she was struck by an automobile in front of the family home, and both 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 become a country artist, but moved to Oregon one year after beginning a professional and personal relationship with Craig Schelske. After the couple tied the knot, Evans returned to Nashville in 1995, where Evans began recording demos. Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard was impressed by Evans' demo of his song "Tiger by the Tail." Howard decided to help Evans's music career, which eventually led to a signed contract with the RCA Nashville.

In 1997, Evans released her first album, 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. However, it did not catch on with country radio at the time, and none of the three singles made the top 40.

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. It was her next single, "No Place That Far," a duet with Vince Gill, that would be her first No. 1 single. The album has been certified gold.

Evans releases an album at a critical point in her career, Born to Fly, in 2000. Her first single, "Born to Fly," hit No. 1 and proved to be her biggest hit until "Suds in the Bucket." She enjoyed greater success with the following single, "I Could Not Ask For More," which hit No. 2. "Saints and Angels," reportedly Evans favorite song on the album, hit No. 16, and the last single, "I Keep Looking," made it to No. 5. The album has been certified double platinum.

In 2005, Evans' single "A Real Fine Place to Start" reached Number One. With help from this single, the album, Real Fine Place, was propelled to No. 1 on the country charts and No. 3 on the pop charts with more than 130,000 copies sold in the first week, nearly triple the sales from her previous album, Restless. Real Fine Place was the best-selling album of her career and has been certified platinum.

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."

On May 23, 2006, Evans competed and performed at the 2006 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, where she won her first ACM for the "Female Vocalist Of The Year."

One of her singles, "You'll Always Be My Baby" was turned into a gift book, written by Evans, Tony Martin and Tom Shapiro.



 


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