- Grew up in a Missouri farming community.
- Sang in family band at age 5.
- At age 8, broke both legs when she was struck by a car.
- Her brother Matt Evans played bass in her road band.
- Ex-husband Craig Schelske ran for U.S. Congress in 2002.
- Her father, mother, brother and two sisters performed on her 2005 CD Real Fine Place.
- Selected as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2005.
- "A Little Bit Stronger," from the album Stronger (2010), became her fifth No. 1 song on the country charts in May of 2011; it was written by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.