You Really Can't Slow Sara Evans Down: Singer Talks About Her Busy, 'Blessed' Life
Sara Evans has been having a very busy day. By the time she arrives at the Ram Country studios to perform music from her brand-new album, she's already done five straight hours of radio interviews, and is understandably feeling a little bit on the wilted side.
Given that, one can't begrudge her the red solo cup in her hand...which she admits, with a smile and without apology, contains a beer.
It's this sort of casual, down-to-earth attitude that makes Evans adorable -- and accessible -- to a wide range of fans. It would be all too easy for the singer to come off as intimidating: She is extraordinarily beautiful, has a mighty vocal range (after a few sips of her liquid refreshment, Evans manages to shake the studio roof with her vocals, then dash off for an Opry appearance shortly after), and balances a Superwoman's slate of career/family responsiblities with apparent ease. However, there is a consistent real-girl charm to her that has followed throughout her 17-year career, all the way up to latest release "Slow Me Down."
The album comes three years after her critically acclaimed "Stronger," which served as a comeback of sorts after her gut-wrenching 2007 divorce. Now happily remarried and helming up a blended family of seven children (three from her side, four from husband Jay Barker), Evans admits the process of creating "Slow Me Down" was "a lot more organized" than her last record. "Definitely a much smoother process."
Of course, even though she's in an emotionally stable place now, there's a new challenge: Balancing her work with her family responsiblities. Recording an album while managing her busy household requires an extraordinary amount of organization -- and, to make it even more challenging, Evans and Barker have set down roots in Alabama. Evans must travel to Nashville to do much of her work.
Evans isn't denying it's tough going. "My life is very, very, very, very full; and very busy," she states. "So for me it takes a lot of planning ahead, and making sure that I've got my priorities in place."