Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones, but “Words” Will Break My Heart

The heart circulates blood throughout your body. It also circulates emotions. Every single beat is felt, head to toe. It’s quite a feat to balance ever-changing feelings in a song, let alone throughout an album. As emotions rise and fall, Sara Evans maintains a vocal equilibrium from song to song on her latest album, Words.

To even attempt to capture the gamut of emotions, one has to have experienced quite a few. No doubt Evans qualifies to sing these emotionally packed tunes.

She grew up on her family’s New Franklin, Missouri, farm with six siblings and joined the family bluegrass band at age 4, playing the mandolin. Four years later, an auto mobile struck her, breaking her legs and arms, but not her spirit. Over the next two years, she endured reconstructive and plastic surgeries, along with casts as her shattered body healed.

Evans’ first album, Three Chords and The Truth, was released in 1997 when she was 26. The next year her second album, No Place That Far, produced her first number one hit – the title track, a duet with Vince Gill. Over the years, Evans has climbed the singles’ charts with “Suds in the Bucket,” “Saints and Angels,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger. While her career climbed, Evans’ personal life has met with a roller coaster of ups and downs.

Marking the twentieth year of her career, Evans has started her own label, Born To Fly Records (named after her 2000 double platinum album and number one).

“I’m extremely excited to be launching this venture and I love that the label is ‘Born To Fly.’ I wrote that song about my own life, coming to Nashville and following my dreams. It’s a dream come true to surround myself with my own team and truly embrace my entrepreneurial spirit, taking complete control of my career and brand is so freeing. I can’t wait to share this new project with everyone.”

Her album is the first released by the label, which will be distributed by Sony RED.

The new album’s lead single, “Marquee Sign,” ponders the question – what if potential beaus came with warning signs? Most hearts would beat with joy for the sadness adverted. Co-written with Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan, the Missouri native’s signature vocals soar with the heartbreaking lyrics. Adding haunting background vocals on the track is the singer’s 14-year-old daughter Olivia.

“When dark is all that I can see, will you be my night light, shine for me”

Evans’ siblings, Matt Evans, Lesley Evans Lyons and Ashley Evans Simpson, add harmony vocals on “Night Light.” It seems fitting to have family support on a song that is about needing help and direction when you are lost.

The track that will tear at every mother’s heartstrings is “Letting You Go.” As Evans’ son Avery starts his senior year in high school, she is watching him grow up and prepare to leave home.

“Part of loving you is letting you go, letting you fall, Giving you wings so that you fly on your own”

Co-produced with Mark Bright, the album features 13 additional female songwriters including Ashley Monroe (who co-wrote “Make Room at the Bottom with Brett James), Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott (who co-wrote A Little Bit Stronger with Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird), and Caitlyn Smith (who co-wrote “I Don’t Trust Myself” with Gordie Sampson and Steve McEwan). 

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Long Way Down (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)
Marquee Sign (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)
Diving in Deep (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)
All the Love You Left Me (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)
Like the Way You Love Me (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)
Rain and Fire (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)
Night Light (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)
I Need a River (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)
I Don’t Trust Myself (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)
Make Room at the Bottom (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)
Words (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)
I Want You (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)
Letting You Go (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)
A Little Bit Stronger (Acoustic) (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird)

Author: Donna Block

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