A Country singer, wife, mother, business owner of her music label and author is a few of her accomplishments. She’s had five #1 singles, sold millions of records, won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and claimed a Country Music Association trophy for her signature song, “Born To Fly.”
She performed at The Downey Theater at Downey, California on April 22, 2018 to a pack crowd supporting her eighth new album Words on her record label that was released on July 2017 for a new chapter for her musical career with no signs of slowing down. Her voice is warm and strong and sounded great. The songs are authentic and memorable, and the actual words themselves resonate with the realities of everyday life and she is funny when telling her stories of growing up and other experiences of her career.
Her band has two members of her family that are her Brother Matt Evans (bass guitar, band leader, harmony vocals), her sister Lesley Evans Lyons on background vocals. The other members of the band are Ben Thompson (lead guitar, acoustic guitar,) Shane Smith (Electric and acoustic guitar) and Jim Bloodgood (drums).
The 90 minute performance starts with the new song “Long Way Down” from the new album followed by “A Real Fine Place to Start”, “As If”, “Not Over You” (Gavin DeGraw cover) and “Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus”. The group performed five songs from the new album that are “Diving In Deep”, “All The Love You Left Me”, Night Light”, Marquee Sign” and “Words”. During “A Little Bit Stronger” women got up and sang the words, while the song “Suds In The Bucket” got the audience standing and moving followed by “I Could Not Ask For More” and “Born To Fly” with standing ovations leading to the encore.
The group performed four songs that included the title song “Words”, The Chicago’s song “Hard To Say I’M Sorry that she made the song sound better. Also the Robert Hazzard & Cyndi Lauper song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and ending with “Shut Up And Dance” where the entire audience on the lower and upper level of the venue to dance with ovations for the songs. The show could have gone longer with songs she has or has not performed in many years.
Opening the show was the teenage trio Temecula Road from Temecula, CA that is sisters Maddie and Emma Salute and Dawson Anderson (singer and guitar). They performed 35 minutes of their acoustic set including their first two singles “What If I Kissed You” and “Hoping” which already have over 1 million streams on Spotify. The trio just released their new single “Everything Without You” was appreciated by the audience and did A M&G afterwards in the lobby.
This year saw Temecula Road make debut performances at C2C’s Country Music Festival in London, Stagecoarch Music Festival and the CMA Music Festival where they performed on the Radio Disney Country stage. Also this year, they were named one of Radio Disney’s next big thing artists and were nominated in the “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist” category at this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards, putting them in great company alongside Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion. On the touring side, Temecula Road have opened for Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Lee Brice, Kenny Rogers, and Eli Young Band.
A full album with a band to expand their sound will take them to the next level.