FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2007
Nashville, TN – Multi-platinum RCA Nashville recording artist Sara Evans is celebrating a 10-year career with the release of her first Greatest Hits album on October 9. The album is a collection of songs that truly reflect Evans’ beliefs and personality. From her strong faith in “Saints and Angels” to her hilarious sense of humor in “Cheatin’,” Greatest Hits showcases her relatable music and her down-to-earth attitude.
Evans co-penned four new songs on the album with writers including Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, John Shanks and her brother Matt Evans. The various collaborations spawned “As If,” “Love You with All My Heart,” “Pray for You” and “Some Things Never Change.” “As If”, the first single from the album, currently sits within the Top 20 on both the R&R/Billboard and Country Aircheck charts. In addition to the new tracks, Greatest Hits features three Top 5 singles and four No. 1 songs, including “No Place That Far,” “Born to Fly,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” and “I Could Not Ask for More,” among others.
“These new songs were a total blessing,” describes Evans. “Over a three day writing period we wrote ‘As If,’ ’Love You With All My Heart’ and ‘Pray for You’ one after the other in an almost inspired way.”
Evans has always taken her songwriting seriously from her very first No. 1 hit “No Place That Far,” which she co-wrote with Tom Shapiro and Tony Martin. Overall, Evans co-penned nine of the fourteen tracks on Greatest Hits and continually strives to ensure that her writing is genuine and relatable.
Evans explains, “No one can ever say that I’m not sincere with the songs that I sing. I have a really hard time writing or performing a song that doesn’t mean something to me.”
Inspiration for her songwriting comes in part from Evans’ strong faith. Her daily routine always involves reading her Bible and prayer. She often directly channels her faith to ask for inspiration in her songwriting.
“The two most important things for me to remember every single day when I get up are to love God and love others,” expresses Evans of her faith. “I also wholeheartedly believe that any sort of creative art like songwriting is a gift from God and sometimes specific songs are gifts from God.”
Evans’ serious side is always in balance with her sharp sense of humor a trait she credits to her mother and to growing up idolizing Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire, among others. As her mother did, Evans makes sure to incorporate her witt in her daily life while extending that into her songs and in her live shows.
“I love real country humor,” states Evans. “Humor is a real release for me, so I love going onstage and joking with the audience because I love making myself and others laugh. It's such a big part of entertaining for me.”
Although a Greatest Hits album is often thought of as reflective of an artist’s past, these songs live with Evans day in and day out.
“I’ve been singing these songs every night for the last eight years onstage. They are like breathing for me. They’re such a part of my life, they go everywhere I go and I love them because they really are my life.”
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