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Originally posted 09/23/2011 01:45PM
With a blended family of nine, country star Sara Evans and her sports radio host husband Jay Barker know a thing or two about keeping the peace.
"People think that with seven kids you can't expect anything but chaos, and that's not necessarily true," Barker says. "It just means it's more important than ever to have order."
After the couple married in 2008, Evans, 40, brought her three children (Avery, 12, Olivia, 8 and Audrey, 6) from Nashville to live in Birmingham, Ala., where Barker, 39, hosts his radio show and shares custody of his kids from a previous relationship (Andrew, 13, Braxton, 11, Sarah Ashlee, 10, and Harrison, 10). "The kids love each other like Jay and I love each other," says Evans. "It just really works."
Originally posted 06/17/2008 02:00PM
Country singer Sara Evans gave PEOPLE a first look at her photo album from her Saturday wedding to former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker. "It was a fairy-tale wedding," Evans, 37, tells PEOPLE.
It was also a family affair: Evans, in an ivory Vera Wang gown, was escorted down the grassy aisle at a Tennessee farm by her three children, son Avery, 8, and daughters Olivia, 5, and Audrey, 3.
Originally posted 06/14/2008 11:00PM
Country star Sara Evans married former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker Saturday evening in an outdoor ceremony at a Franklin, Tenn., farm near Evans's home, PEOPLE reports exclusively.
Evans's son Avery, 8, walked his mother down the aisle, preceded by her two daughters, Olivia, 5, and Audrey, 3. The couple's seven children (Barker has four from his previous marriage) sat on quilts during the ceremony and were the only attendants. They collectively gave their parents away.
The short ceremony featured Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon, a close friend of Evans's, singing "God Bless the Broken Road," the Rascal Flatts hit he cowrote – a song that the couple says has deep meaning for their relationship. Christian minister Joe Beam, who was responsible for introducing the couple last fall, performed the ceremony.
Originally posted 06/09/2008 03:30PM
Although Sara Evans is still planning her wedding, the country singer is already talking about expanding her family with fiancé Jay Barker.
"Jay and I have seven kids together [from previous marriages], and I would definitely love to have another child [with him]," the 37-year-old said. "He's just too cute. I just can't imagine not having a baby with him." (Evans has three children with her ex-husband, Craig Schelske, and Barker has four children.)
But, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant was quick to add that she is not rushing into anything. "We still have plenty of time, and I'm in no hurry because I hate being pregnant."
Originally posted 05/06/2008 06:40PM
Country singer and Dancing with the Stars alum Sara Evans is in the thick of planning her wedding to Jay Barker, a former quarterback at the University of Alabama
"Right now, we're meeting with a wedding planner, but we haven't set a date yet," she said recently at the CMT Crossroads bar in the Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino, near Shreveport, La.
The singer, who performed at the club, showed off a her large diamond sparkler to the impressed crowd. The couple announced their engagement in March.
Evans, 37, underwent a very public divorce battle with her ex-husband, Craig Schelske, which was finalized last year.
Originally posted 03/26/2008 06:30AM
Now that country star Sara Evans is engaged to Jay Barker, a former University of Alabama football star who hosts a morning radio show at WJOX in Birmingham, his pal and fellow radio host Paul Finebaum couldn't be more thrilled.
"I remember sitting with him a year ago and I never saw a more unhappy, devastated person in my life," Finebaum tells PEOPLE of Barker, who was divorced his wife, Amy, last summer. (They have four kids.) "Today, it's like watching two 15-year-olds in love for the first time. This isn't a good thing, this is a great thing. It's an out-of-this-world thing!"
Originally posted 03/24/2008 04:00PM
Country star and Dancing with the Stars alum Sara Evans, who underwent a very public divorce battle last year, has found love again with beau Jay Barker, a former quarterback at the University of Alabama – and the two now plan to marry, Evans's rep, Lori Genes, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"The couple are enjoying their engagement and look forward to their upcoming nuptials," Genes says. The couple have yet to set a wedding date.
Originally posted 02/04/2008 02:10PM
After a bitter divorce battle that ended last fall, Sara Evans has a new man in her life.
A friend of the country singer confirms to PEOPLE that Evans and Jay Barker, a former football star at the University of Alabama who now hosts a sports radio show in Birmingham, are an item. "They are dating," the friend tells PEOPLE.
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