Sara Evans - Words Available Now

Sara's new album, Words, featuring 14 new songs, is now availableWords is the first project on Evans’ own label: Born To Fly Records, appropriately named after that CMA-winning signature song, which celebrated risk and adventure. Much is familiar about Words. Evans’ voice is warm and strong, the songs are authentic and memorable, and the actual words themselves resonate with the realities of everyday life.

Sara Evans is one of country’s iconic modern singers and her music has resonated on country radio, at concert halls and amphitheaters, and in fans’ personal playlists. And the music she’s made to date is authentically her. But where Born To Fly narrowed the crowd of voices around her, Words is distinctively Sara Evans. For a woman who always tackled the music her own way, the new album is 100% her own.

It’s a big reason that the album is titled Words. The songs generate a number of words – flexible, commanding, sassy, daring, loving, hopeful, resilient – that all embody parts of Evans’ inimitable persona.

“Songs are a combination of words and melodies, and it’s the words that matter most to me,” she says. “When we go into these pitch meetings, people always ask, ‘What are you looking for? Are you OK with doing something that’s a little more pop?’ I always tell them, ‘Just play me great lyrics.’ That’s what I’m looking for.”

Her adaptability is clear from the outset of Words. The rippling mandolin and bold fiddle in the opening “Long Way Down” hint at bluegrass. The moody second track, “Marquee Sign,” segues into pop-leaning territory with jagged keyboard sounds and thick harmonies, including her 14 year-old daughter, Olivia. The third song, “Diving In Deep,” employs rolling bass and buoyant percussion to establish an island feel.

There’s plenty more variety along the way: the light reggae approach to “Rain And Fire,” the Celtic undercurrent in “I Need A River” and the motherly parental ballad “Letting You Go,” written for son Avery, who’s just months away from leaving the nest.

Evans co-wrote three of the album’s 14 songs, instinctively picking material along the way that matches her world view. Thirteen additional females racked up writing credits on the project, including Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe, The Isaacs’ Sonya Isaacs, Hillary Lindsey (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”), Caitlyn Smith (“Wasting All These Tears”), Heather Morgan (“Beat Of The Music”) and Liz Hengber (“For My Broken Heart”).

Words closes with an acoustic revision of “A Little Bit Stronger,” her pensive, heartbreak anthem that spent two weeks at #1.

What Evans does want to do is represent the full panorama of her artistic vision. By handpicking the team around her and making self-expression the priority of her work, she’s found songs that continue to connect her to the emotional core of her audience, and to adhere to that Born To Fly embrace of risk and adventure. That theme is a big part of Words, particularly in “Letting You Go,” as she encourages her son to find his own path, singing “You were also born to fly away” at its motherly apex.

“We were crying when we wrote it,” she says. “That’s so sad, and it’s so full-circle. We couldn’t even sing it all the way through to get a work tape because we were crying so hard.”

The tears come from the separation that accompanies children growing into adulthood, but they’re also a result of knowing that his path – like her own – will have its hardships. That’s where the music part comes into play on Words. There’s an arc to the album, and in particular to the sonic evolution of “I Need A River,” that hints at the resilience that’s key to a successful life. Trusting in their ability to bounce back is what enables people to take their biggest – and, sometimes, most rewarding – risks.

“I don’t use that word a lot, resilient, but I would say that’s the best way to define me as a person,” Evans says. “I feel so blessed, but at the same time, there’s blood, sweat and tears in every single thing that I’ve gotten in this life. I have gone out and just really, really sold it, and I’m still doing that to this day.”

Doing it her way. As a mom. As a record company entrepreneur. And, mostly, as a distinct artist still excited about her unique journey. 

Sara Evans Gears Up For Words - Out July 21

Sara Evans is gearing up for her highly anticipated new album, Words, out July 21. Check out Entertainment Tonight for an online exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of Words. Tomorrow, USA Today and The Tennessean will offer a first listen to the full album before its release while Taste of Country will roll out an exclusive cover story with Sara and an in-depth look at the inspiration behind Words. For more great stories behind the project, tune into Sirius XM and catch “Y2Kountry Presents A Sara Evans Album Premier!” starting Friday, July 21 at 11am eastern. Visit siriusxm.com/y2kountry for additional airdates and times.

Fans can catch Sara on the road this week with shows July 20 in Tulsa, OK and an album launch date concert on July 21 at Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, TX. From there, she will travel to New York City for appearances on July 24 with AOLPaste, and Facebook where she will be #FBArtistoftheDay. On July 25, tune in to see Sara perform on nationally-syndicated talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan”! She will wrap the whirlwind week with shows in Ohio (July 28) and Michigan (July 29).

Words, which includes the “sleek” lead single “Marquee Sign,” is available for pre-order now at saraevans.co/words and releases everywhere on July 21 via Sara’s own Born To Fly Records. The 14-song collection features fourteen separate female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and more. The album marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005’s Real Fine Place, 2014’s Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon and Craig Dunn provide A&R direction.

Family is at the forefront of Words as daughter Olivia Evans (14) sings on “Marquee Sign” and Sara’s siblings Matt Evans, Lesley Evans Lyons and Ashley Evans Simpson provide harmonies on “Night Light.” In “Letting You Go,” Sara pours out her heart for son and oldest child Avery as he prepares to embark on his senior year of high school.

Sara Evans Reveals Song Stack For New Album, Words, Due July 21

Sara Evans fans don't have to wait any longer to hear new music from the multi-platinum country star's highly anticipated upcoming album, Words. Starting today, those who pre-order the upcoming album at iTunes will be rewarded with instant downloads of lead single “Marquee Sign” and title track, “Words.”  Pre-order the album now at saraevans.co/words and receive songs “Long Way Down” (6/30), “I Don’t Trust Myself” (7/7) and “Diving In Deep” (7/14) in the coming weeks.

Words is scheduled to release July 21 on Sara’s own Born To Fly Records. The 14-song collection features fourteen separate female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and more. The album marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005’s Real Fine Place, 2014’s Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon and Craig Dunn provide A&R direction.

Family is at the forefront of Words as daughter Olivia Evans (14) sings on “Marquee Sign” and Sara’s siblings Matt Evans, Lesley Evans Lyons and Ashley Evans Simpson provide harmonies on “Night Light.” In “Letting You Go,” Sara pours out her heart for son and oldest child Avery as he prepares to embark on his senior year of high school.

Sara Evans – Words:

1. Long Way Down (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)

2. Marquee Sign (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)

3. Diving in Deep (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)

4. All the Love You Left Me (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)

5. Like the Way You Love Me (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)

6. Rain and Fire (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)

7. Night Light (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)

8. I Need a River (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)

9. I Don't Trust Myself (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)

10. Make Room at the Bottom (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)

11. Words (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)

12. I Want You (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)

13. Letting You Go (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)

14. A Little Bit Stronger - Acoustic (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird)

Limited-edition, fan packages are also available for pre-order at saraevans.co/SEstore. Pricing starts at $11.99 and include a variety of bundles ranging from a signed CD or vinyl version of Words, a Sara Evans t-shirt, journal, mug or acoustic guitar.

Sara Evans Lights Up Country Radio with New Single, “Marquee Sign”

Country Music star and entrepreneur Sara Evans is lighting up country radio with her new single — “Marquee Sign.” With lyrics and haunting vocals that allude to the warning signs of love gone wrong, Sara Evans’ “Marquee Sign” is available now at saraevans.co/marqueesign.

If you woulda been lit up like a marquee sign

Coulda saved myself some wasted time

From the minute I found you…

Written by Sara with Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan, “Marquee Sign” is the first single from Evans’ upcoming album Words, due July 21 on her own Born To Fly Records. The multi-platinum entertainer enlists her daughter, Olivia Evans, to add her own unique vocal style to the song.

“Having Olivia sing on ‘Marquee Sign’ is such a special moment for me, not only as a mom but also as a fan,” said Sara. “I was so impressed when she went in the vocal booth and started singing these really cool parts and ad-libs at the end of the song! My fans have watched her grow up on the road with me and I can’t wait for them to hear her on this song.”

Words features fourteen separate female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and three songs co-written by Sara. The record marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005’s Real Fine Place, 2014’s Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon and Craig Dunn provide A&R direction.

Limited-edition Words fan packages are available for pre-order at saraevans.co/SEStore. Pricing starts at $11.99 and include a variety of bundles ranging from a signed CD or vinyl version of Words, a Sara Evans t-shirt, journal, mug or acoustic guitar.

Additional details about Sara’s new album Words will be revealed in the coming weeks. Fans can catch up with Sara on the road with dates booked throughout the year. For more details, check out saraevans.com.

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