Story Behind the Song: Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’
In her “A Little Bit Stronger” music video, Sara Evans confesses, “It’s only been a week since he life, and it feels like it’s been forever,” while holding back tears. For Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, who co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, that was a true sentiment when the threesome penned the tune.
Evans released “A Little Bit Stronger” in September of 2010, as the lead single from her 2011 album, Stronger. In May of 2011, the single became Evans’ fifth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart; one month later, it became her first single to be certified platinum.
Below, Scott tells The Boot about writing the heartbreak tune.
When I wrote it, I was barely a month out of a really, really bad breakup. It’s very autobiographical … one of the most personal songs that I’ve ever written.
It was personal when I wrote it, but now that it’s actually out there, it takes it to another level. I’m sure [my ex] has heard it, but that’s okay, because the song’s about “everyday without you, I’m a little bit stronger,” which is true. So, he can hear that. That’s okay.
When I found out “A Little Bit Stronger” was being recorded, that’s been one of the coolest little victories that I’ve ever felt in being proud of a piece of work that I’m a part of. Seeing it brought to life and having someone like Sara Evans, who we love and respect so much, put her vocal on it …
This story was originally written by Annie Reuter, and revised by Angela Stefano.
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