Born as Sarah Lynn Evans on 5 February 1971 in New Franklin, Missouri, Sara Evans was raised on a farm and started singing with the family band at the tender age of five. When she was eight, she got hit by a car and suffered multiple fractures in her legs. Sara virtually sang her way back to health by continuing to sing even while she was wheelchair bound to earn the money that would help pay for her medical bills. At sixteen, she performed for two years in a club near Columbia in Missouri before finally moving on to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 to find her fortune as a country music singer. Her talent was noticed when Nashville songwriter Harland Howard, impressed by her rendition of his song “Tiger by the Tail,” helped her obtain a contract with RCA Nashville.
In 1997, critics praised her first RCA album “Three Chords and the Truth” which was included in many of that year’s Top 10 List, while her video for that same album was nominated for awards from CMT, MVPA and Billboard Magazine. The following year, Sara Evans got her first major hit with her single from the album “No Place that Far” which she sang in a duet with Vince Gill garnered the no. 1 spot in the country charts and reached the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40. Because of the album’s success it was certified “Gold” by the RIAA that same year.
Towards the end of 2000, Sara Evans released “Born to Fly,” which became her first album to receive a “Platinum” rating from the RIAA. The title track itself, which was the first single released from the album, reach no. 1 on the country charts becoming Sara’s first no. 1 hit as a solo artist. Sara was the most-nominated artist in 2001 at the CMA Awards garnering 7 nominations and won her first CMA Award when “Born to Fly was named Video of the Year. Her “Born to Fly” album was certified by RIAA as Double Platinum in 2004.
The fourth album of Sara Evans titled “Restless” which was released in August 2003 became no. 3 on the Top Country Albums and received a nomination in the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards. “Suds in the Bucket,” the most successful single in the album became her third no.1 hit single and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
In 2005 her fifth album titled “Real Fine Place” became the most successful album of Sara Evans selling 130,00 copies within the first week of its release and reached the no. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart and peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead single “A Real Fine Place” which became another Gold-certified single by RIAA reached no. 1 on the country charts and no. 38 on Billboard’s Pop 100” marking Sara’s debut into Billboard’s Pop 100.
Named Top Female Vocalist during the ACM Awards show held on 2006 in Las Vegas, Sara Evans is spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association and spoke widely about eating disorder and her personal encounter with it. She has also hosted Fashion for Everybody for the benefit of the Eating Disorder Coalition of Tennessee and the Sara Evans Fund. Sara is a patron of the Red Cross, Better Life Foundation and Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.