Sara Evans joined members of Change The Conversation Tuesday night (June 27), where she spoke candidly about her personal and professional journey and performed several songs from her new album, Words, from The Steps at WME.
In addition to performing the title track from the album due out July 21, Evans also debuted new songs “All the Love You Left Me” and “Marquee Sign,” as well as an acoustic version of her platinum chart-topper “A Little Bit Stronger.” The project is Evans’ first on her new label, Born To Fly Records, and features 14 female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, and Sonya Isaacs.
“I want to talk about why we need to change the conversation,” said Evans during the event. “When I first got my record deal, women were dominating country radio. We had Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless and on and on. I was fortunate enough to join that group of amazing women. So we need to change the conversation and figure out why it is not that way anymore. Why are there not enough women on country radio? Women artists are amazing and they have so much great music that we want to hear and we need to hear, so let’s change the conversation.”
The event, sponsored by WME and One Hope Wine, began with a conversation between Evans and Tracy Gershon, a co-founder of Change the Conversation who also helped with A&R duties for this album. “Sara Evans has been one of the most influential and admired country artists of the last two decades, so when she spoke about the importance of changing the conversation, the female artists in the room were inspired and invigorated,” Gershon says.
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