ACM and CMA Award winning country music star Sara Evans spent the weekend performing in the southeast, wrapping up CMT’s 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour. “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” launched in February in New York City with fifteen shows from coast to coast. Special guests RaeLynn (“Lonely Call,” “Love Triangle”) and Kalie Shorr(“Fight Like A Girl,” “Two Hands”), both part of CMT’s “Next Women of Country’s” impressive roster of artists, were surprised onstage at Saenger Theater (Mobile, AL) where Sara presented them with a custom plaque at the final show, commemorating the tour’s success. Fans can relive Sara, RaeLynn, and Kalie’s final performance of the fan favorite encore, 80s pop anthem “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” via the Facebook Live stream.
Fun facts about the tour include racking up nearly 40,000 miles on 3 tour busses and 1 sprinter van and playing to over 12,000 fans including 500 one-on-one VIP Meet & Greets with Sara. Keeping with the “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” theme, 30 bottles of red wine were consumed.
2017 was a landmark year for Sara Evans – the multi-platinum selling country music star launched Born To Fly Records where she released Words, her “impressive album….which captures an artist in full musical flight” (Associated Press). The heartfelt album features fourteen separate female songwriters, including Evans, Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Henberger, and Sonya Isaacs.
First launched in 2013, CMT’s “Next Women of Country” continues to grow with confident, fun and talented female singer/songwriters who are taking the country music world by storm. The campaign emphasizes undiscovered female artists and several alumnae – Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Cassadee Pope and Ashley Monroe included – have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim. Since 2015, the franchise has promoted female-fueled tours at more than 40 dates with Kelsea Ballerini, Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Tara Thompson.