Wednesday, August 17, 2016
– Sara Evans signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records.
Evans will soon head into the studio to begin work on her debut project for the label. The project will be her eighth studio album overall and is slated for release in early 2017.
Evans said on her web site that she "was courted by a number of labels after parting with longtime label home RCA Nashville." Signing with Sugar Hill "was her first choice."
Evans said on her web site, she "hasn't yet chosen a producer for the project, though she says she is considering a young rising talent from outside the country genre. Currently, her focus is on publisher meetings and writing appointments for the new project, which she said would offer a wider range of musical influences than her previous albums.
"First of all, I love (Rounder Label Group VP, A&R) Tracy Gershon, and I've known her for years," Evans told MusicRow. "I've always been a fan of Rounder and Sugar Hill, the artists they put out and produce, especially Alison Krauss. I've been a huge Alison Krauss fan for years. They are all about the art, the artist, the song and really making compelling, authentic music. That's what I want to do, and I want to be able to make the kind of music that I want, without the constraints of 'Well, is this commercial enough?' I just want to make a beautiful record."
"It doesn't have to be in any specific genre and that's what I'm excited about," said Evans. "I can sing really country and mountainy bluegrass, mostly because that's what I was raised on, and how I first loved to sing. I definitely do have that. However, I can sing pop, country, blues and anything as long as it is a song that moves me. It's kind of funny in the pitch meetings because people might pitch a song and say, 'Well, it's not really country, it's more on the pop side,' and I'm like, 'I don't care about all of that. All I want is a great song.'"
"On all of my albums, I've covered a broad range of songs but I think I'm most excited to give them another look at Sara Evans. I'm not becoming a different artist, I'm just excited to show my fans even more of me."
Evans' last disc was "At Christmas" from 2014.
Evans is the second country artist to sign with Sugar Hill in recent weeks. Dwight Yoakam will have a bluegrass album out on the label in September.