Confidence is sexy and creativity is empowering. Rarely have those qualities merged into a more potent package then on Sara Evans new album Slow Me Down. From the simmering title track, which provided her biggest first week ever at country radio, to the life-affirming message of the albums closing song, "Revival," Evans has crafted a compelling body of work filled with the kind of slice-of-life vignettes that fans expect from the award-winning vocalist.
Slow Me Down is Evans seventh album for RCA Nashville Records and never has she sounded more self-assured and in control of her artistry. "I have a lot of strong opinions because Ive been doing this my whole life and I know what I want," says Evans, who co-produced the album with Mark Bright, who helmed her platinum album Real Fine Place and is also known for his work with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Reba McEntire. "I just love him. I really wanted Marks type of personality and production on this. Hes so bright and chipper and is always there to give support, direction and his expertise."
On Slow Me Down, Evans has delivered an album that reveals a vibrant tapestry of emotion from the truthful resignation of "Good Love is Hard to Find" to her autobiographical ode to contentment on "Sweet Spot." "You Never Know" is a cautionary tale about the fragility of relationships. Love, heartache and desire swirl throughout the album. "Thats intentional and its pretty typical for me," says Evans, who co-wrote three of the 11 songs on the album. "I try to give my fans a little bit of everything that I am and everything that I like, but nothing is ever contrived."
In serving up this emotional tour de force, the Missouri native enlists a diverse line-up of special guests including The Frays Isaac Slade, who duets with Evans on "Cant Stop Loving You" and Gavin DeGraw who joins Evans on her cover of his pop hit "Not Over You." Longtime pal Vince Gill lends his voice to the stone cold country "Better Off".
"Slow Me Down" was recently named one of Billboards "10 Best Singles of 2013". "Its got a great lyric. Its got a fabulous melody and they set the tempo just perfectly," Evans says of the song, which was penned by Marv Green, Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan. "I love what the song says. hurry up and slow me down is obviously a great play on words, but it means so much more than that. She is basically saying, I need you to know that Im willing to give this relationship a chance, but if you dont change your ways, Im leaving. But when Im walking away, I want you to hurry up and slow me down. I want you to pursue me."
Over the years, Evans has developed a reputation for delivering thoroughly satisfying albums full of great songs brought to life by her distinctive voice. She has that heart-in-the-throat quality that turned Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn into legends coupled with an edgy contemporary sensibility that keeps her at the vanguard of todays successful country performers. Shes sold nearly six million records and her last four albums have been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum. Shes scored five No. 1 hits, among them "Suds in the Bucket," "A Real Fine Place to Start," "No Place That Far" and "A Little Bit Stronger," the title track of her chart-topping 2011 album Stronger. The single was No. 1 for two weeks and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and video of the year from the Country Music Association for her ground breaking clip "Born to Fly."