Sara Evans 

When most 5-year-old girls spent their weekends at home playing with their friends, Sara Evans was out on the road singing in her family’s band. It was the start of a career that has taken the New Franklin, Mo., native to the top of the country music charts.

“I’m full of joy and amazement at how my life is,” Evans says. “I’m so grateful to God for it all!”

In the 10 years since Evans’ debut CD, Three Chords and the Truth, she has had four No. 1 singles (two of which have been certified gold), as well as two platinum and two gold albums. With her angelic voice and smooth mixing of traditional and modern country sounds, it seems her lifelong dedication to music has paid off.

Evans’ growing popularity and success as a country music performer helped her garner a spot as one of the contestants on the 2006 edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Along with her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani, Evans wowed the studio and television audiences with her performances, but last October, she withdrew from the competition.

This year will be a busy one for the singer, who is the 2006 Academy of Country Music Female Artist of the Year. She also has another live tour and an album of greatest hits to release.

Evans’ first No. 1 single, “No Place That Far,” was a duet with country music icon Vince Gill. Since then, Evans has had the opportunity to record and perform with many of country music’s top performers, including George Jones, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride and Brad Paisley.

Asked if there is anyone else she would like to work with, Evans says, “Dolly Parton. She has it all — the voice, the charisma, the songwriting ability. I would just love to sit and watch her … and sing with her of course!”

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