15 Years Ago: Sara Evans Scores First No. 1 Hit
15 years ago today (March 6, 1999) was a big day for Sara Evans. It was on this date that the Missouri native scored her first No. 1 hit, with the title track, ‘No Place That Far,’ from her sophomore album.
The tune was helped along by country music icon Vince Gill, who sang harmony on the song, and also appeared in the accompanying video. Evans co-wrote the song with hit songwriters Tony Martin and Tom Shapiro, and earned her first CMA Award nomination — for Vocal Event of the Year — for the collaboration.
Evans returned to the top of the charts one year later, with the title track of her next album, ‘Born to Fly.’ Her other chart-topping hits include ‘Suds in the Bucket,’ ‘A Real Fine Place to Start’ and ‘A Little Bit Stronger.’
The 43-year-old took a six-year hiatus between her 2005 ‘Real Fine Place’ album and 2011′s No. 1 ‘Stronger’ record, but thankfully fans won’t have to wait as long for her next project. Her new album, ‘Slow Me Down,’ will be released on Tuesday (Mar. 11), and is The Boot’s Album of the Month for March 2014, thanks to an outpouring of votes from readers.
“My goal every time I go in the studio to make a new record is to challenge myself a little bit more, to try to have the newest and freshest sound, but still the Sara Evans sound,” she notes.