Sara Evans released her latest album, 'Slow Me Down,' earlier this month. The record, which was her first new set of tunes in three years, she says came together relatively quickly once she heard the title track.

“That song became the centerpiece of the whole album because it was my favorite song,” she explains to

“There’s just something about it,” she adds. “It’s sad, but it’s also kind of mysterious. I just love how the girl in the song is so completely vulnerable because she’s saying, ‘I love you and I want to be with you, but I’m trying to tell you that these things need to change, and if they don’t, then I’ve got to leave. I’ve got to have that much self respect, and I have to walk away from the situation, but I hope that you won’t be able to live without me and that you’ll stop me from leaving.’”

The singer, who co-wrote three of the record's 11 tracks, says she was thinking of her own three children, as well has her four step-children with husband Jay Barker, when she chose songs for the project.

“I want my children to be able to listen to every song that I write," Evans explains. "Every single song is so important to me and always has been. I never want anybody to say, ‘That was just a throwaway song. She just put that on there because she needed another song.’ They’re all like my children.”

'Slow Me Down' includes duets with Vince Gill, Gavin DeGraw and Isaac Slade of the Fray.

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