With five albums to her credit, Sara Evans is on her way to becoming one of the most successful female artists of her generation – a compelling, heart-in-the-throat heir to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. She’s won numerous accolades, among them the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year. Sara was named 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year in the R&R Reader’s Poll, and has also been chosen as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”. For more information visit www.saraevans.com
Check out her music at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22zB6Soc2Gk
Sara Evans @ Capital Hoedown 2011
August 11, 12 & 13, 2011
August 11 & 12 – 4 pm to 10:30pm (Gates open 2 pm); August 13th – 2 pm to 10:30pm (Gates open at noon)
LeBreton Flats Park – Ottawa, Ontario
Early life and the rise to fame
Evans was born in Boonville, Missouri, in 1971, and is of Welsh, English, and Irish descent. She was raised on a farm near New Franklin, MO, 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. She met fellow musician Craig Schelske and left Nashville with him in 1992, moving to Oregon. They married in 1993. She returned to Nashville in 1995 and began recording demos. Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard was impressed by her demo of his song “Tiger by the Tail”. He decided to help her music career, leading to a signed contract with RCA Nashville.
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 yearly “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 an 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 but 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 her massive success, reaching #1 on the Country charts, as well as the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40. Because of its success, the album was certified “Gold” by the RIAA.