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Seven Albums Into Her Career, Sara Evans Has Learned to Stay Calm

Singer’s Slow Me Down is heavy on relationship drama, but she knows how to keep her cool at home.

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Sara Evans’ seventh full-length album, Slow Me Down, hits stores Tuesday, March 11, more than 16 years after the release of her first album, Three Chords and the Truth. That one didn’t produce any major hits—her sophomore effort did with “No Place That Far”—but she still finds a little common ground with that earlier version of herself, even as her life is different.

“I still feel like in so many ways I'm the same person,” she says, relaxing after an exclusive photo shoot for Country Weekly. “But I definitely have changed in the sense that I have three children now that I did not have when I signed my record deal.”

Slow Me Down, from emotional power ballads like the title track to the charming “Sweet Spot,” is heavy on relationships—sometimes the upsetting, dramatic part. But in real life, Sara tries not to sweat the small stuff and puts her kids front and center.

“When you have kids, they become your life,” she says. “Your needs don’t really matter anymore in comparison to theirs. I’ve grown so much in that regard.” She recalls a much more stressful period when her career was finding its footing. “Back then, I think I was a lot more stressed and worried just about things I can’t control. Now I feel like I’m much more calm and grounded and just realizing that everything just kind of works out, because it really does.”

Read more with Sara and find out why she loves drama so much in the March 17 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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