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August 7

When Sara Evans Scored her First Hit atop the Country Chart

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When Sara Evans Scored her First Hit atop the Country Chart 1
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Since the country music singer Sara Evans began her recording career in 1997, she had already produced a total of eight studio albums. Her debut album which was released on that same year did not produce any Top 40 hit. But with her sophomore album, she scored her first No. 1 country song with “No Place That Far.” The song was the title track of her second album of the same name that came out in 1998. Earlier the following year, the single hit No. 1 on the country music chart. It was also a Top 40 crossover hit peaking at No. 37 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Evans’ co-country music star Vince Gill shared the credit with her for the song’s success. He provided the backing vocals for the song and also appeared on its official music video. An evocative ballad, “No Place That Far” was penned by Evans with songwriters Tony Martin and Tom Shapiro. The collaboration likewise earned the Born to Fly” singer her first CMA Awards nomination for Vocal Event of the Year. Writing the song gave Evans a sense of fulfillment as an artist. As she said,

“It’s a melody that I wrote myself and I really enjoyed writing it. It’s not to say that I won’t throw out a song that I’ve written for a better song that I did not write because there are many, many times that I’ve been pitched a song that I couldn’t write or sounded more like me than something I wrote.”

About the Song

“No Place That Far” is a love ballad where the singer narrates what she would do to keep her beloved near her. The song spells out the extent of possibilities there are for people who are in love. In a way of just saying through a song how love is going to conquer everything. The tune opens with a fearful imagination of what life would be like when your lover is not beside you. That anxiety has then turned into a motivation for the narrator. Accordingly, she swears to do whatever it takes just not to be away from her man.

Meanwhile, the single received a positive review from Billboard magazine. Devorah Evans Price called the song as

“an evocative ballad that should help her win long-overdue acceptance at country radio.”

The richness and vibrancy of the A Little Bit Stronger” singer’s voice was also highly commended. Her vocals “soar powerfully above the fiddle and piano on the chorus.”

The song’s official music video which was shot in a forest was directed by Thom Oliphant. In the clip, both Evans and Gill are seen wearing formal attires as they perform standing near other. Images of a couple, in their young and old age, are being flashed in between the singers’ appearances. Watch the official music video for “No Place That Far” below.

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