New album, new life finds Sara Evans 'Stronger'

This Feb. 28, 2011 picture shows country music artist Sara Evans in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Donn Jones)
This Feb. 28, 2011 picture shows country music artist Sara Evans in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Donn Jones) (Donn Jones - AP)
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By CHRIS TALBOTT
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 10, 2011; 2:46 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sara Evans says she's never one to make an autobiographical album. Yet you can't blame listeners for reading between the lines on her latest single, "A Little Bit Stronger."

It deals with a woman slowly getting over a busted relationship and emerging stronger for the ordeal - a lot like what has happened to Evans over the last five years.

She went through a very public divorce that forced her to pull out of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2006. Suddenly a single mom, she wasn't sure what her future would hold. How would she continue her career with three children to raise mostly alone?

Sounds just like the song, doesn't it?

"People are, `A Little Bit Stronger' is totally about you, and I'm like, it's really not," Evans said. "(Lady Antebellum's) Hillary Scott, Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird wrote it. It's more about (Scott's) life. It's her story about a breakup that she went through, and I thought it was just such a fabulous song that I can totally take it on."

"A Little Bit Stronger" is the show-stopper on the 40-year-old's latest album, "Stronger," out this week.

Autobiographical or not, Evans has emerged from her divorce a stronger woman with the kind of life she had trouble imagining after the divorce. A mutual friend set her up with former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker and the two fell in love in five weeks. She married him and moved to Birmingham where the couple now lives with their blended family of seven children.

"I'm now completely at peace and I feel like I'm at home with Jay, " Evans said. "It sort of feels like we knew each other as kids or something then didn't see each other and reunited. It's a bizarre thing how connected we were instantly."

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AP writer Caitlin R. King contributed to this report.

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Online:

http://www.saraevans.com


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