Country music star Sara Evans is on tour with the release of her new album "Stronger" and will be performing on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Music Garden at Settlers Hill, located in the Kane County Stadium grounds adjacent to the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars baseball team.
Sometimes the best way for an artist to move forward is to take time to be still. There's nothing that feeds a creative soul like taking time to soak up life and marinate in the moments that matter. Sara Evans embraced that philosophy, and now six years after her last studio album, she is back with "Stronger," a landmark record filled with the kind of gutsy explorations on life and love that have made Evans one of the most compelling female vocalists of her generation.
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Though she's occasionally taken the confessional approach to writing -- best exemplified by her autobiographical hit "Born to Fly," which is reinvented on "Stronger" with a spirited bluegrass twist -- Evans generally takes an observational approach and it serves her well on her new collection. "What That Drink Cost Me" is a heartbreaking ballad about a woman who loses her husband to alcohol. Co-written with her brother Matt and producer Nathan Chapman, the song is a classic country weeper that gives Evans a chance to reveal the full emotional range of her powerful voice.
"Stronger" is just the latest jewel in an already stellar career. The Booneville, Missouri native has come a long way from singing with her family's band as a child. She has garnered numerous accolades including the Academy of Country Music's female vocalist honor in 2006 and the Country Music Association's Video of the Year prize for "Born to Fly." She's been named one of PEOPLE magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." Her previous studio albums have been strong sellers. 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.
Country radio and the fans have embraced her new music, and Evans couldn't be more excited about this new chapter in her career. "My goal with this album and then all the albums to come is just to continue to make the very best music that I can possibly make," she says. "I want to be at the top. Jay tells me 'there's nothing you can't do. There's nowhere you can't go. There's no song you can't sing. There's no venue you can't fill. Whatever you want to try to do, I'm there to support it. If you don't want to do it anymore, I'm also there to support you, but I want it more now than I've ever wanted it."
For ticket information, go to shmusicgarden.com.