Strength, versatility and a spunky sense of adventure are qualities more often associated with literary heroines than successful country singers, but then there's nothing typical about Sara Evans. Whether dominating country radio airwaves with one of her many hit singles or attracting a new legion of fans with her spirited turn on "Dancing with the Stars," Sara's drive, talent and determination have placed her in an elite class of artists who transcend musical genres to become a household name.
Her musical accomplishments are celebrated with the release of Sara EvansGreatest Hits. The 14-song collection features 10 of Sara's signature songs as well as four inspired new songs, worthy of taking their place alongside such modern classics as "No Place That Far," "A Real Fine Place to Start," and "Born to Fly."
The greatest hits package marks the first time Sara has worked with acclaimed producer John Shanks (Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, The Wreckers). That collaboration produced four new tunes, including "As If," the lead single from Sara's hits collection. "He's just amazing to work with and he was exactly what I needed for this project. I know I'll work with him again--IF he'll have me," Sara says with a smile. "He doesn't do anything like everybody normally does. He has no formula."
For Sara, releasing a greatest hits package is like looking back through a photo album; each song is a snapshot that brings a flood of memories. "My first No. 1 record came when I was pregnant with Avery," she recalls of "No Place That Far" which hit the top of the charts as she was expecting her son, now eight years old. "I remember that time because it was the most amazing time in my life. I thought things could absolutely not get any better. I was expecting my first child and having my first No. 1 record."
Indeed, Sara was on her way to becoming one of the most successful female artists of her generation--a compelling, heart-in-the-throat heir to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. She's won numerous accolades, among them the Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association's Video of the Year for "Born to Fly". She was named 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year in the R&R Reader's Poll and has been celebrated as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People."
Sara has earned numerous No. 1 hits, two of which she co-wrote, including "Born to Fly," "No Place That Far," "Suds In The Bucket" and "A Real Fine Place to Start," which spent two weeks at the top of the country charts. Of the five albums Sara has released, her sophomore set, No Place That Far," has been certified gold; 2001's Born to Fly is double-platinum and 2003's Restless and 2005's Real Fine Place are both platinum.