Sara Evans and Martina McBride

Confidence is sexy and creativity is empowering. Rarely have those qualities merged into a more potent package than Sara Evans’ new album Slow Me Down. From the simmering title track, which provided her biggest first week ever at country radio, to the life-affirming message of the album’s closing song, “Revival,” Evans has crafted a compelling body of work filled with the kind of slice-of-life vignettes that fans expect from the award-winning vocalist.

What Martina McBride intended her latest album to be was a simple gift, but what she wound up with is a timeless treasure.

The multi-million selling vocalist gathered a group of enduring musical chestnuts and assembled a small band to record them live in the studio. The result, a collection titled Everlasting, is a stunning listening experience, with McBride finding fresh nuances in familiar lyrics and working within beautifully crafted new arrangements of cherished melodies.

Photos: Kat Villacorta

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