The Missouri native signed with RCA Nashville records in 1996, after her rendition of Buck Owens' 'I've Got a Tiger by the Tail' caught the attention of its songwriter. In July 1997, she released her debut album, 'Three Chords and the Truth.' But it was her sophomore album, 'No Place That Far,' that put Sara on the country music map with its title track becoming her first No. 1 song. Since then, she has placed 23 singles on the country charts.
Sara caught up with The Boot during CMA Music Fest to reminisce about the very first time she heard her voice on the radio.
I was so lucky, because I was home in Missouri visiting my mom, and we heard 'Three Cords and the Truth' on my hometown radio station. It was so amazing! We both cried. We were leaving a restaurant and got back in the car and heard it.
We screamed and turned it up, and then we kept screaming, and then we would be like, "Shhhhh ..., " and then we would scream again! I feel the same way today. When I hear one of my songs on the radio, I always listen because I feel like I should never take this for granted.
I started singing when I was four and grew up in a band. I knew my only destiny in life was to be a country music singer, so I thought I would hear myself on the radio someday. I just didn't know when or what song it would be, but it was always my dream.
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