Sara Evans / (Photo credit: Youtube)
Again, country music styling proves that it can turn any song into a big hit. To emphasize further, many country music artists have succeeded in bringing into the country limelight a tune that wasn’t country, originally. Among them is Missouri-born country music singer and songwriter Sara Evans who has a successful cover of the song “I Could Not Ask for More.” Composed by American songwriter Diane Warren, this tune was originally released as a soundtrack of the 1999 film Message in a Bottle. It was Edwin McCain, whose niche is more on rock music, who first recorded it. His original version reached the Billboard’s top 40 singles chart.
Sara Evans’ Cover
In February 2001, Evans released a cover version of “I Could Not Ask for More,” a follow-up to her “Born to Fly” hit. Her recording almost topped the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Landing on the second spot of the chart, her rendition is evidently more successful than the original recording. Debuting at No. 52 on the country chart, the song has sky-rocketed to No. 2 in no time. In Canada, the song was even more successful becoming No. 1 on the Canada Adult Contemporary chart. Making it a big crossover hit is its appearance on various music charts. These included the following: Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (No. 3), Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks (No. 6), RPM Canada (No. 12), Billboard Mainstream Top 40 (No. 21), and the US Billboard Hot 100 (No. 37).
Given such triumphs associated with Evans’ recording of the song, she would certainly say,
“I could not ask for more.”
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