Sarah Potenza Releases Powerful New Video
Critically-Acclaimed LP ‘Road To Rome’ Out Now
“Diamond is an open letter to a fourteen year old Sarah. I want to tell her not to cry over those boys. I want to reach all the little Sarah’s out there and tell them, “Girl, just wait. Your turn is coming. You’re a diamond.””- Sarah Potenza
Vocal powerhouse Sarah Potenza is debuting her latest music video “Diamond,” a stunning track off her recently released, critically-acclaimed album, ‘Road To Rome.’
The arresting clip, which features full-figured dance troupe Pretty Big Movement, premiered on Plus Model Magazine, and is now streaming here:
Potenza says, “To cast dancers for ‘Diamond’, I had to consider more than just the music or the look. Could the dancers live my lyrics? Could they pull from their own lives and say, ”Oh that line, I feel that so deeply that I want to express it”? That is what’s at the center of my art. So casting women who had these experiences and the emotional capacity to express them was a big priority for me.
I first heard about Pretty Big Movement through a video that came across my Facebook feed in 2017. (PBM founder) Akira’s look and dance moves caught my eye, but it was her story that caught my attention. She had danced in two Beyonce videos, and still couldn’t get an agent, because of her size. I knew that feeling all too well. I was in awe of what she did next. Akira started her very own dance troupe, Pretty Big Movement, which has since been featured all over the world.
So of course producing the ‘Diamond’ music video, I decided I was gonna toss the song her way and see if it resonated with her. Within the hour we were on the phone laughing and chatting about our similar spirit and experiences as full figured gals of the entertainment industry. After that conversation I was sold on the idea that Pretty Big Movement was the perfect choice.”
In talking about the inspiration for the song, Potenza adds, ““From my earliest crushes through my bachelorette years, the pattern was always the same. The boys would laugh at all my jokes, be in awe of my talents, and then ask me if my quiet, more submissive girlfriend would go out with them. I spent a lot of time feeling ashamed of who I was. I tried so hard to crack the code. Tried to be smaller in every way, but I just couldn’t squeeze myself into the glass slipper. Today I am grateful to have failed, because I wanted things that they could never give to me. Diamond is an open letter to a fourteen year old Sarah. I want to tell her not to cry over those boys. I want to reach all the little Sarah’s out there and tell them, “Girl, just wait. Your turn is coming. You’re a diamond.”
Known to millions as a semi-finalist on season 8 of The Voice, Sarah has since gone on to release a critically-acclaimed debut solo LP ‘Monster’ in 2016, which prompted Rolling Stone to gush, “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.”
Her latest LP, ‘Road to Rome,’ is an album of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues. Co-written by Potenza, her husband Ian Crossman and friend Justin Wiseman, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche), and recorded with a female-heavy cast of collaborators, the record isn’t just her own story. It’s the story of all artists — particularly women, who remain the minority within the male-dominated music industry — who’ve learned to trust their instincts, refusing to let mainstream trends dilute their own artistic statements.
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ABOUT SARAH POTENZA’S ‘ROAD TO ROME’:
Just who is Sarah Potenza? She’s a songwriter. A bold, brassy singer. A businesswoman. A proud, loud-mouthed Italian-American from Providence, Rhode Island, with roots in Nashville and an audience that stretches across the Atlantic.
Filled with messages of self-worth, determination, and drive, Sarah Potenza’s ‘Road to Rome’ shines new light on the songwriter whose career already includes multiple albums as front-woman of Sarah and the Tall Boys, a game-changing appearance on The Voice, and an acclaimed solo debut titled Monster.
Writing sessions for Road to Rome took place aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, as well as at her home in East Nashville. It was during the cruise that she first began writing songs with Justin Wiseman, a piano player from Austin, TX. For years, she and her husband, Ian Crossman, had worked together as a duo, splitting their musical duties more or less equally, writing songs with guitar in hand, and merging their very different influences. This was something different, though — something about the piano that allowed Potenza the chance to rediscover her own voice, making an album whose unique approach to soul music was entirely her own. Although Crossman and Wiseman’s contributions as co-writers can be heard throughout Road to Rome’s tracks, the album represents a strong shift in dynamic, with Potenza leading the charge.
When it came time to record ‘Road to Rome’ at MOXE, Jordan Brooke Hamlin’s Nashville-area studio, Potenza looked to a wide range of musicians for influence. She turned to Whitney Houston. To Lauryn Hill. To Pops Staples, the Dirty Projectors, RL Burnside, Bette Midler, and more. Those artists gave her inspiration not only on a musical level, but on an emotional and thematic level, too. They were artists who spoke with conviction, chasing their own muses into unique, personalized territory. Potenza did the same, turning Road to Rome into an album filled with everything from the torch song balladry of “Earthquake” (a love letter to Crossman, thanking him for years of support ) to the funky fire of “Dickerson and Queen” (where Potenza howls, swoons, and croons over bass grooves and swirling organ, reminding everyone that, “I don’t give a fuck about nothing but the music”). She even makes room for a piano-propelled cover of “Worthy,” originally written by Grammy-nominated icon Mary Gauthier, who personally sent the song to Potenza.
Released on International Women’s Day 2019, ‘Road to Rome’ is the sound of a songwriter taking the wheel and driving toward her own destination. This is Sarah Potenza’s strongest album to date: a battlecry from a soul singer and blues belter, shot through with pop melodies, rock & roll attitude, and absolutely zero fucks.
APR 18 Treehouse Café- Bainbridge Island, WA
APR 19 House Show- Woodinville, WA
APR 27 Bootleg Music Cafe- Sacramento, CA
APR 28 House Show- San Francisco, CA
MAY 02 The Hotel Cafe- Los Angeles, CA
MAY 03 C Gallery On Broadway- Long Beach, CA
JUN 24 City Winery Nashville, TN
What others saying about Sarah Potenza’s ‘Road To Rome’
“…hard to ignore, even harder to pin down and as kinetic as a neon orange lightning bolt.– Rolling Stone
“The world needs Sarah Potenza’s voice…”- No Depression
“…a loud and proud exultation from the onetime Voice contestant.”- Rolling Stone
“Not only will Potenza’s voice move you. Her words, as irreverent as they are at times, may empower you…”- Glide Magazine
“A feminist battle cry — appropriately released on International Women’s Day. Potenza fuses bluesy vocals and a rock n’ roll attitude to create her most powerful sound to date.”- Popdust
“…“Diamond” is an anthem of self-acceptance and just the sort of song we all need when we’ve lost touch with our own shine.”- Audiofemme
“Sarah Potenza is a one-of-a-kind singer of our time. Watch for her because this talented singer-songwriter is, without question, going places.”-Rock and Blues Muse
“…universal anthems written with inclusivity in mind…brimming with confidence and boasting production that calls to mind the Mark Ronson vibe of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black.'”- Rolling Stone
“Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.”- Rolling Stone
An empowerment anthem can be a beautiful thing, a dramatic transcending of suffering’s isolating power. But what’s glorious about Sarah Potenza’s blistering, riff-propelled personal anthem “Monster” is that it doesn’t seek to transcend the unpleasantness of her reality — the fact that she’s been told countless times in countless ways that the body she inhabits is socially unacceptable. Instead, we hear a woman’s fierce determination to stay present, to stare down those who would shame her, to revel in her corporeality.- NPR (“Song We Love”)
“You won’t find any gimmicks on Monster, just pure unadulterated rock and roll. As such, it should find an audience among Americana/Roots enthusiasts and traditional rock fans. Rolling Stone called her a “rock ‘n soul powerhouse” and Potenza has been rightly compared to commanding divas like Janis Joplin, Etta James even Aretha Franklin. We concur.”- No Depression
“Despite boffo ratings each year, NBC’s The Voice doesn’t have a strong track record of transforming contestants into stars. Hopefully that changes with Sarah Potenza—a casualty during season 8—whose scorching, take-me-as-I-am “Monster,” the title track to her debut album, might be the year’s most spirited girl-power anthem. Potenza cut her teeth singing covers in Chicago blues bars before becoming a fixture in the East Nashville music scene, and she combines a fiery voice and crunchy roots rock with a distinct flair for showmanship.”– Garden & Gun
“Whether you’re new to Potenza or not, you need to hear this voice which has the power not only to move you. She might heal you too.”- Elmore Magazine