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With a smash album and tour - and two great men in her life - Sara Evans is on top of the world

Story by David Scarlett

It's amazing that a million people have bought my album," declares Sara Evans with a touch of awe, after recently receiving her first-ever platinum record for her latest CD, Born To Fly. "It really is the first time I've felt like I've truly arrived.

"Now I really feel like I'm a viable artist. And there's not a night I'm onstage that I don't thank God for putting me there."

The fans who helped Sara earn that shiny disc would no doubt add a resounding "Amen!" to that.

Based on the incredible success of Born To Fly - including the chart-topping title single, the Top 5 "I Could Not Ask For More" and now the great early response to "Saints & Angels," her latest release - there could be a double-platinum presentation not too far in Sara's future.

For now, however, she's shining platinum-bright as part of this summer's Girls' Night Out Tour. It's a rolling-down-the-road, estrogen-packed musical extravaganza featuring Sara and four more of the best voices in country music - Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Jamie O'Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

"Being part of Girls' Night Out is just awesome," declares Sara. "It's the most amazing thing I've ever done. I am so impressed with each of the girls, and they are all such great singers!

"Unfortunately, I usually don't get to watch much of Carolyn and Jamie because I have meet-and-greets backstage when they're on, but I try to watch all of Reba's show and some of Martina's.

"They've got more experience under their belts than Carolyn, Jamie and I do, so we get to watch the two of them and learn what they've learned."

Ironically, Sara's favorite moment of the Girls' Night Out Tour happened before the tour even began.

Read More in the Current Newsstand issue (Aug 21st)