Sara Evans is excited to be getting back in the thick of the music business with the release of a brand new single titled "Slow Me Down." The first single from her upcoming RCA album, the song has been receiving much critical acclaim for its dramatic production style and her powerhouse vocal performance. Some in the industry have compared it to 80s crossover-styled material from Dolly Parton or Barbara Mandrell.
Evans smiles at that comparison, saying "That means a lot, when you compare me to someone like that." She told Billboard last week that she knew instantly upon hearing the song that it was something special.
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"There's definitely something about it," she said of the song, available now at digital retailers. "That's what we all felt when we heard it. When they pitched it to us, it was so emotional and the thought of 'Hurry Up and Slow Me Down' is one of the best lines I have heard in a song in so long. I'm very lucky they pitched it to me." The song was written by Marv Green, Heather Morgan, and Jimmy Robbins.
It's been almost three years since Evans released her last album, "Stronger," which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, and she's more than ready to bring new music to her fans. "I am so excited to have some new music out. We're finishing the album up in October," she said.
Evans says she is humbled by the early response to the record from radio. "A lot of people have asked for it early. KKGO in Los Angeles just added it. It's so phenomenal. I don't know if I've ever had one jump out this quick -- even with 'A Little Bit Stronger,' I don't think we've had as much early buzz on a single." Chuck Beck, OM with WGNE in Jacksonville, echoes those thoughts, saying "This song is HUGE! One of her best," while B-Dub from KUPL in Portland, says "Sara has a smash on her hands."
The song seems poised to follow in the long line of successful ballads for the singer. To date, Evans has placed eighteen titles in the Top-40 on the Hot Country Songs charts, with four of those peaking at No. 1, most recently with "A Little Bit Stronger" in May of 2011.
Billboard caught up with the songstress on the set of her video shoot for "Slow Me Down" last week. Her new record is not the only thing that makes her smile these days, as she will be keeping her eyes on the football field this fall. "I'm so excited. My son's first game was a week ago last Thursday. He's in the eighth grade. He scored a touchdown in their jamboree, and I got up and screamed!" Football is very close to Sara's heart, with her husband Jay Barker being a popular sports talk show host in Birmingham. He also was QB for the Alabama Crimson Tide during their National Championship season of 1992.
The 615 is excited to keep you updated on the progress of Sara's new album throughout the fall. Stay tuned...