Sara Smile (album)

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Sara Smile
Studio album by Jimmy Wayne
Released November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23)
Genre Country
Label Valory Music Group
Producer Mark Bright
Nathan Chapman
Dann Huff
Jimmy Wayne chronology
Do You Believe Me Now
Sara Smile
Singles from Sara Smile
  1. "Sara Smile"
    Released: October 3, 2009
  2. "Just Knowing You Love Me"
    Released: February 22, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Country Weekly 3.5/5 stars[2]
Roughstock unfavorable[3]

Sara Smile is the third studio album by American country music singer Jimmy Wayne. It was released on November 23, 2009 by Valory Music Group, an imprint of Big Machine Records. The album's title track is a cover of Hall & Oates' 1976 single, as well as the first single from it. Dann Huff, Mark Bright and Nathan Chapman produced the album.


Wayne co-wrote four of the album's tracks: "Just Knowing You Love Me," "Just Look at You," "I'll Never Leave You" and "Elephant Ears."[4] The title track and lead-off single is a rendition of Hall & Oates' 1976 single, featuring backing vocals from the duo.[4] Also included is the song "Things I Believe," which fellow country singer Keith Urban wrote with John Shanks,[5] as well as "Belongs to You," previously released as a single by Canadian country band Emerson Drive on its 2009 album Believe. Additionally, "I'll Never Leave You" was a non-charting single released by Wayne to country radio in 2007, but was not included on a previous album.

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave it four stars out of five. His review described the "Sara Smile" cover favorably and said, "Three full-lengths in, Wayne is transcending his singles artist status and becoming an album-oriented one because of the musical consistency and hardcore emotional intensity of his singing and writing."[1] Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly magazine also cited this cover as a standout track and commended it for containing "romantic ballads" that "[give] his voice room to soar." Her review gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five.[2]

Dan McIntosh of Roughstock gave a mostly negative review, saying that the Hall & Oates cover "certainly smells like a deceptive ploy to attract middle-aged female music fans." He also criticized the themes of most songs by saying, "One also gathers that Wayne is convinced women today are looking for transparent men of their word." McIntosh's review also criticized the album for a lack of up-tempo material.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Things I Believe" John Shanks, Keith Urban 3:20
2. "All the Time in the World" Steve Robson, Hillary Lindsey 3:38
3. "Sara Smile" (featuring Daryl Hall and John Oates) Daryl Hall, John Oates 3:46
4. "Just Knowing You Love Me" (featuring Whitney Duncan) Jimmy Wayne, Brett Beavers, Tony Martin 4:06
5. "Just Look at You" Wayne, Bob Regan 3:44
6. "Counting the Days" Robson, John Kennedy, Andrea Stolpe 4:11
7. "There's a Memory" Clint Lagerberg, Sean McConnell 3:33
8. "Belongs to You" Dave Berg, Rivers Rutherford, Tom Shapiro 3:44
9. "I'll Never Leave You" Wayne 3:59
10. "Elephant Ears" Wayne, Don Henry 4:26


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 32
Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
2009 "Sara Smile" (with Daryl Hall and John Oates) 31
2010 "Just Knowing You Love Me" (with Whitney Duncan) 59


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Sara Smile review". Allmusic. Retrieved 03 December 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (2010-01-04). "Reviews". Country Weekly. 17 (1): 53. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  3. ^ a b McIntosh, Dan (2009-11-24). "Sara Smile review". Roughstock. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Jimmy Wayne Returns With New Album SARA SMILE In Stores November 23rd". Angry Country. 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Wayne Sets the Date". Country Weekly. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-11-21.