Sara Evans has found a new record label home: Concord Music Group's Sugar Hill Records.

MusicRow reports that Evans, who parted from Sony Music Nashville's RCA Nashville at the beginning of 2016, has signed with Sugar Hill Records and will soon begin working on her eighth studio album, which is scheduled for release in early 2017.

“First of all I love [Rounder Label Group Vice President of A&R] Tracy Gershon, and I’ve known her for years,” Evans says. “I’ve always been a fan of Rounder and Sugar Hill, the artists they put out and produce ... They are all about the art, the artist, the song and really making compelling, authentic music. That’s what I want to do, and I want to be able to make the kind of music that I want without the constraints of ‘Well, is this commercial enough?’ I just want to make a beautiful record.”

Adds Gershon, "I’ve followed [Evans'] astounding career and watched her grow as an artist and as an individual for years ... One aspect I’ve always admired about Sara is the excitement that others continue to have for her and the music -- from publishers to fans and peers alike. We are honored to have her join the Rounder family, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter of her musical journey.”

Prior to their split, Evans had been with Sony since her freshman album, 1997's Three Chords and the Truth. Earlier this summer, Evans told The Boot that she was excited to sign with a new label, to have "a fresh start and a chance to work with new people who have different talents and who are creative in their own ways."

According to MusicRow, Evans has yet to select a producer for her new record but is considering an up-and-comer from outside of country music. She's currently focusing on publisher meetings and writing appointments.

“It doesn’t have to be in any specific genre and that’s what I’m excited about. I can sing really country and mountain-y bluegrass ... However, I can sing pop, country, blues and anything as long as it is a song that moves me," Evans says. "On all of my albums, I’ve covered a broad range of songs, but I think I’m most excited to give them another look at Sara Evans. I’m not becoming a different artist, I’m just excited to show my fans even more of me.”

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