Sara Evans is an American country and folk singer. Her musical interests include old-time country music, folk music, blues, gospel, pop, and the blues revival. Her music has achieved considerable commercial success in the United States, as well as around the world. Her songs have been recorded by artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Jenkins, Roseanne Barr, Angie Smith, and Banjo Patil.
Born in Pensacola, Florida, Sara was raised in Texas. Her parents, Frank and Ida, encouraged her love of the traditional country songs that she listened to as a child. Her early love of reading resulted in her lifelong passion for music. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Southern California, where she majored in journalism. After college, Sara became a journalist and features writer for the News-Miner, a community newspaper in Houston, Texas. In this capacity she covered the entertainment industry, including several gossip columns.
On February 5, 2021, Sara Evans passed away from complications resulting from a stroke. Her death was announced by her brother, John Evans. Sara was due to begin a period of public work to assist women in the rural communities of Tennessee. Her duties were to visit homes of elderly women, teach them how to play traditional instruments, and serve as a spiritual guide. Her duties were to continue even after her death.
On February 5, Sara Evans was officially added to the roster of stars who had recently signed withements with Atlantic Records. Her inclusion in the lineup marked the first time in fifteen years that a country music artist had been added to the roster. Her inclusion in the recording label’s stable was a major feat for Evans, who had struggled to find a record label interested in her sound. Her sudden rise to stardom was made possible through her association with the Nashville Record Company (Nelsons). Nelsons, in turn, decided to promote Sara Evans in order to keep her name in the country music circuit and increase her profile in the competitive field of country musicians.
In the early days of her career, Sara was known for her energetic live performances which included choreographed dancing, stage diving, and stage crunches. These energetic performances soon earned her the attention of country music fans, who loved her upbeat style of singing. Her first single “Take Me Away” was an instant hit. Her energetic performances quickly earned her a reputation for her rock-star style of singing. Her first single “Take Me Away” was also produced by Nelsons.
As she began touring with her family band, the response was positive from country music fans everywhere. Her popularity grew during the following tour when she took a break from country music to perform with another artist. Her second single “Mystery Train” was even better than her first and was able to debut at number one on the pop chart. Sara Evans was able to continue touring as She continued to tour with numerous other artists. Her loyal fan base has remained despite the fact that she has released several duets or duet albums with many other artists including Elvis Presley and Joe Bennett.