Sarah Potenza Stirs The Pot on NBC’s The Voice
Nashville Singer-Songwriter Heats Things Up with Passion and Flare
Turning The Heads of All 4 Judges on The Voice
“Sarah Potenza, the bawdy rocker babe.” –The Huffington Post
“You [Sarah Potenza] gave this generation something they have never seen before.”
“Hannah Kirby and Sarah Potenza duel in the season’s most memorable battle”
“I first heard Sarah sing at a gig in Chattanooga, and she blew the roof off the place, she reminds me of a modern Americana Janis Joplin…she brings it”
NASHVILLE, TN — Sarah Potenza hails from Rhode Island and currently lives in Nashville, TN. She’s one hard workin’ music lady with a passion for performing, authentic, heart-felt songwriting about real-life and that undeniable voice quickly put Music City on notice. In just over a year in the area, Potenza has earned a spot among East Nashville royalty, performing and and touring with the likes of Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Gordon, and Derek Hoke while managing to land several coveted slots such as a feature performance at the historic and world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. MCR’s Executive producer, John Walker says, “From the first word I heard Sarah Potenza sing, I was an instant fan. Her voice is soulful and seasoned, and there is never any doubt that she means what she is singing. No Identity crisis here. Sarah knows who she is… and I’m anxious for the rest of the world to find out.”
And that is exactly what is starting to happen for Potenza. As she’s been touring and writing music for an upcoming release with her husband Ian Crossman, she also decided to audition for NBC’s The Voice. She performed a blind audition of the up-tempo rock classic, The Faces’ “Stay With Me.” By the time she ended, all four judges had turned their chairs, not being able to resist her soulfully rockin’ sounds, they had to see for themselves the person behind it.
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The Tennessean reports, “‘This is weirdest day that I’ve ever had,’ she said as she faced Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and fellow coaches Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. She ultimately decided to join Shelton’s ‘Team Blake’ — perhaps a sage choice, considering Shelton coached another Nashville singer (Craig Wayne Boyd) to a first-place finish last year.”
Being on Team Blake led her into a Voice Battle (or rather what Pharrell Williams called a “duel”) with fellow contestant Hannah Kirby duetting on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Again, all four judges were enthralled and gave them a standing ovation, with Aguilera calling Potenza “a force to be reckoned with.” Blake Shelton calls Potenza as the winner of the battle, saying “That’s probably the best battle I’ve ever been a part of.” Shelton goes on to say he went with Sarah because “there’s something so different about her.”
Watch it and see The Voice’s reaction here →
Hear from the woman herself in this fabulous interview about her inspirations and thoughts on participating with The Voice →
For more information and to stay up to date with Sarah on The Voice, please visit www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/season-8/sarah-potenza
Sarah Potenza is well on her way for more of the world to hear her monster vocals and her honest reflective songwriting. Stay up to date with news and find out more about Sarah Potenza at www.sarahpotenza.net.