Sarah Potenza (USA)Sun 6th February 2022
Doors at 6.30pm, show at 7.30pm
Be prepared to be blown away by one of the great soul/blues voices on the planet. As seen on The Voice USA and America’s Got Talent! Playing here tonight as a duo with her husband Ian Crossman on guitar, you’ll get the real roots version of this fantastic singer songwriter.
‘I work for me,’ Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence.
Filled with messages of self-worth, determination, and drive, Road to Rome shines new light on a 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. Released one year after she sang in front of 12 million people during The Voice's eighth season, 2016's Monster 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." Three years later, that sound deepens and intensifies with Road to Rome, an album that shows the full scope of Potenza's aims and ambitions.
And 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. Road to Rome spells it all out. Co-written by Potenza, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche), and recorded with a female-heavy cast of collaborators, the album 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.
‘Potenza is the epitome of empowerment, grabbing the listener with a voice that’s as moving as her lyrics.’ – No Depression
‘A tornado of a soul singer.’ – American Songwriter
‘A feminist battle cry that vows to take no s–t from anyone. It roars in all the right places.’ – Music Row