Country music singing-sensation Sara Evans will grace the Cultural Events Series stage at Frostburg State University in a special Family Weekend concert. The multiple Country Music Association award winner will hit the stage of the Main Arena in the Cordts Physical Education Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Strength, versatility and a spunky sense of adventure are qualities more often associated with literary heroines than successful country singers, but there’s nothing typical about Evans. Whether dominating country radio airwaves with one of her many hit singles or attracting a new legion of fans with her spirited turn on “Dancing with the Stars,” Evans’ drive, talent and determination have placed her in an elite class of artists who transcend musical genres to become a household name.
Evans has become one of the most successful female artists of her generation – a compelling, heart-in-the-throat heir to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. She’s won numerous accolades, among them the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year for “Born to Fly.” She was named 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year in the R&R Reader’s Poll and has been celebrated as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”
Evans has earned numerous No. 1 hits, including “Born to Fly,” “No Place That Far,” “Suds in the Bucket” and “A Real Fine Place to Start,” which spent two weeks at the top of the country charts. Of the five albums she has released, her second set, “No Place That Far,” has been certified gold, 2001’s “Born to Fly” is double-platinum and 2003’s “Restless” and 2005’s “Real Fine Place” are both platinum.
Such accomplishments have been a real dream-come-true for the Booneville, Mo., native. One of seven children, Evans began singing country music with her family’s band when she was 5 years old. By the time she was 16, she landed a gig singing regularly at a club in Columbia, Mo. She made her way to Nashville determined to realize her dreams. She received her first break when legendary songwriter Harlan Howard heard her amazing voice and tapped her to sing his demos. A deal with RCA Records followed soon after.
Produced by Pete Anderson, her debut disc, “Three Chords and the Truth,” earned praise from critics, but it was her second disc, “No Place That Far,” that brought Evans the commercial success to match the critical acclaim. Her next album, “Born to Fly,” spawned four hit singles, which are included on “Greatest Hits” – “I Could Not Ask for More,” “Saints and Angels,” “I Keep Looking” and the title track.
Always looking to stretch herself artistically, Evans has continued to develop her gift as a songwriter. Her fourth album, “Restless,” spawned the hit “Perfect,” which she penned with Tom Shapiro and Tony Martin. The album also featured one of Evans’ signature hits, the high-spirited “Suds in the Bucket.” She followed “Restless” with “Real Fine Place,” which served up four hit singles – “Cheatin’,” “You’ll Always Be My Baby,” “Coalmine” and the title track, which spent two weeks at No. 1.
Tickets for Sara Evans are $38 for advance reserved floor seats and $25 for advance reserved bleachers seats. Tickets for all seating are an additional $10 at the door. Group rate tickets are also available. Tickets may be ordered by calling 301-687-3137 or 1-866-849-9237, or by visiting ces.frostburg.edu.
The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. This event is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. Media for the concert is sponsored by WFRB Radio.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.