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Halloween will be a family affair this year for Sara Evans, her husband, Jay Barker, and their blended family of seven children (Andrew, Braxton, Harrison, Sarah, Avery, Olivia and Audrey Elizabeth) at their home in Mountain Brook, Ala. "This neighborhood that we live in, Halloween is the biggest holiday! People hire bands. There are at least four bands that will be playing on different streets in town. It's unbelievable,” Sara tells Country Weekly.
“There's a big fall festival on Friday,” Sara explains. “We're going to trick-or-treat on Sunday [Oct. 31]. Last year [one of the bands] learned [Miley Cyrus’] ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ and my son [Avery] learned the drums for it, and all the little girls, including my daughters sang. This year, the song will be 'California Gurls.' We are all going to sing it and Avery's going to play the drums. It's a big party."
Sara also is putting the finishing touches on a new album that is slated for release next year. “We have eight songs completely recorded, mixed and mastered for the album,” says Sara. That includes her current single, “A Little Bit Stronger,” which was co-written by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. “It’s a great lyric. I love the fact that it’s very realistic. Some songs are like ‘you left me and I’m totally over you and you never cross my mind.’ I love that the song is realistic. It says ‘I’m getting a little bit stronger. I’m doing little things at a time.’”
“I feel really inspired on this record,” says Sara. The new project doesn’t have a definite title as of yet, though Sara has some definite ideas. “Since the first single we released is ‘A Little Bit Stronger,’ we might just call the album Stronger,” says Sara. “I really like that name for the album, but we haven’t confirmed anything yet.”