For country star Sara Evans, giving love another chance with former University of Alabama football star Jay Barker really paid off! In 2007, Evans went through an extremely public and messy divorce with first husband Craig Schelske after fourteen years of marriage. Their union produced three beautiful children, Avery Jack (1999), Olivia Margaret (2003), and Audrey Elizabeth (2004).
Thanks to her Pastor Joe Beam, Sara was soon connected to Jay Barker, who was also a divorced dad with four children— Andrew (1999), Braxton (2000), and twins Sarah Ashlee and Harrison (2001). The two bonded over their shared experiences and got married on June 14, 2008 in Franklin, Tennessee.
So who is the man who swept Sara off of her feet over a decade ago? The Trussville, Alabama native is best known for his college football quarterback career under head coach Gene Stallings. Barker led his team to a national championship by defeating the #1 Miami Hurricanes in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Despite being drafted into the NFL by the Green Bay Packers, he never got the chance to play in a regular season game. After the NFL didn’t pan out, he played in the Canadian Football League and the short-lived XFL. A career-ending concussion concluded his professional football career and he is now an analyst for ESPN Radio as well as an on-air personality for WJOX in Birmingham.
Check out photos of Sara, Jay, and their beautiful blended family of seven kids below!
What an awesome love story. Fans can catch Sara on her current tour, CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr.
The remaining dates are as follows:
Feb. 23 – Athens, Ohio – Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 24 – Richmond, Ky. – EKU Center for the Arts
Feb. 25 – Joliet, Ill. – Rialto Square Theatre
March 9 – Salina, Kan. – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
March 10 – Pocola, Okla. – Choctaw Casino Resort – Centerstage
March 15 – Kansas City, Mo. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre
March 16 – Prior Lake, Minn. – Mystic Lake Casino – Mystic Showroom
March 17 – Waukegan, Ill.
April 6 – Lake Charles, La. – Golden Nugget
April 7 – Mobile, Ala. – Saenger Theatre
The country music star’s most recent album, Words, dropped in July. The 14-song collection features fourteen separate female songwriters, including Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and more. The album also includes background vocals from her oldest daughter Olivia.
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