Missouri native Sara Evans will perform in Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2019. Evans current tour features songs from “Words,” her eighth studio album. The title comes from her love of lyrics and the emotional storytelling power they hold.
Evans has had five number one Billboard singles such as “A Little Bit Stronger”, “Suds in the Bucket” and “No Place That Far.” The Academy of Country Music named her Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006. A few of her other noteworthy hits include “Could Not Ask For More” and “Slow Me Down.”
The show will be an intimate gathering with heavy interaction between the audience and artist, according to Wendy Sparks, director of marketing and finance at Reynolds Performance Hall, and students of all ages are set to enjoy a show where Evans recaps her greatest hits and newest songs.
“My sister and I listened to her on the radio growing up,” senior Emily Bain said. “We are excited to see her live.”
This is the first album to be released by Born To Fly Records, her personal independent label, named after her 2001 Country Music Association award-winning video of the year, “Born To Fly.”
Evans has enjoyed chart-topping hits spanning over twenty years. Her first album, “Three Chords and the Truth”, was released in 1997 and her most recent venture involves a live album with her two eldest children: her son, Avery Barker and her daughter, Olivia Barker. As a trio, The Barker Family Band covers Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Beyonce’s “XO” as well as original tracks from the August-released “Live From City Winery Nashville”.
In addition to singing, writing songs and managing her record company, Evans also enjoys blogging. Her lifestyle blog, “A Real Fine Place”, which is also the title of her 2005 album, explores cooking, fashion and beauty that appeals to women everywhere with different interests along these lines. Evans was also the muse behind the television character Rayna Jaymes on the ABC-turned-CMT series “Nashville.” The writers consulted Evans to discuss balancing life on the road with parenting in a blended family, where she and her husband, former professional football player, Jay Barker, are raising four children from his previous marriage, and three from her’s.
Sara Evans is a pioneer for other female artists — one aspect that led to Evans headlining Reynolds Performance Hall’s 2019-2020 season.
“Sara Evans is passionate about women’s equality in the country music industry,” Wendy Sparks, director of marketing and finance at Reynolds Performance Hall said. “[Fans] often see her working with other female artists, promoting them and making sure they are heard.”
Last year Evans embarked on CMT’s 2018 Next Women of Country tour. According to Evans, her latest album features 14 female writers.
Evans last album “Words” came out in 2017. The Album she is touring with right now is a set full of covers to songs such as “ Tennessee Whiskey”, “Why Not Me”, “ Four Thirty”, and “ Long Way Down”. Her newest album is entitled “ The Barker Family Band (Live from City Winery Nashville)”.
Tickets for the show are on sale on at the box office at Reynolds Performance hall, and Tickets.uca.edu.