I sure do admire Sara Evans…’The Queen of Reinvention!’ She has proved that she is way more than “A Little Bit Stronger”, after overcoming so many obstacles on her way back into the country music scene after a 5 year hiatus! Surviving a tabloid frenzy after her bitter and high-profile divorce from Craig Schelske, and finding love again with Jay Barker and becoming a ‘Mom and step-Mom’ to a total of seven children, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with!
When CMT recently asked Sara if her 5 year absence was a planned break after all the turmoil in her personal life after the divorce, Sara said: “I never thought that would be the case. I just have to say that sometimes life takes over, and you have to switch around your priorities. And I definitely did. We had a hit song on the greatest hits album, and then I married Jay. And then moving to Birmingham and changing managers, there was just a whole period of time when I had to put family first.”
In order to gain attention for her latest CD Stronger, Sara admits that she has to work a lot harder because of her time away from the spotlight.
“I’ve worked my ass off,” she said. “I’ve been working since Sept. 1, promoting this single and doing every single thing that’s asked of me by my label, by the radio stations. I’ve done every free show, every guitar pull. And I didn’t take that lightly. I knew it was what I would have to do.”
But she is definitely NOT complaining about that either! “It’s been humbling for me,” she said. “But anything that’s worth having is worth working for. I’m a very hard worker. I grew up on a farm. I know the value of hard work. There have been moments from Sept. 1 until now where I’ve been like, ‘I cannot go another day. I’m exhausted.’ My limit is three days away from my kids. I won’t go more than three days away from them. But I’ve told myself, ‘This is just for a time. It’s just me getting back. I won’t have to do this for every single.’ And I’m doing it for my family, for our future, so that’s a good feeling.”
When CMT asked her about the greatest life lesson she’s learned during the past few years, Evans said, “You know, the only thing that matters is what is really going on — not what the perception is, not what the rumor is but what is really going on. People are always gonna talk, and they’re always gonna speculate, and they’re always gonna gossip. And that happens whether you’re a celebrity or not.
Here in the Motor City, we sure are happy she is back and wish her even more success and happiness! You Go Girl!