Sara Evans Balances Family and Career Thanks to Her ‘Phenomenal’ Husband Jay Barker
It’s been nearly six years since Sara Evans last released a studio album, as she was taking time to find the perfect songs to complete her new album, 'Stronger.' Now, with ‘Stronger’ debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, a hot new single on the rise and a second book released, her career is making a comeback in a big way.
Things have not only come full circle in Evans’ professional life, but also her personal life. On June 14, 2008, Evans married Jay Barker, a current radio show host and former University of Alabama quarterback. The couple resides with their blended family of seven children near Birmingham, Ala.
With a busy career and large family, how does she balance it all? "First of all, my husband is amazing, and he is an incredible father and he’s very organized," Evans gushes to Taste of Country. "And so, nothing phases him -- like he will take all seven kids to an Alabama football game alone when I’m out on the road. And they just all line up right behind him ... so he’s great, he’s phenomenal, he’s my best friend."
And when it comes to her support system, Evans says that her husband Jay is behind her 100 percent: "He supports me in my career just off the charts! And he tells me all the time, 'I want you to do this career to the extent that you want to. And if you want to chase after movies or TV or whatever, just do it, and I’ll be here to support you. Or if you don’t want to do it, I’m also here to support you in that.'"
"He just gives me all this freedom to relax and just know that he loves me no matter what," she adds.
The singer also gives credit to her management for helping to keep her schedule running as smoothly as possible. "I have a great team in Nashville that works so hard to organize my life and stay way ahead of the game," Evans admits. "We’re just really open and have a lot of communication and dialogue about making it our goal to keep me home as much as possible -- as little time away from the kids as possible."