Smithfield, Rhode Island native Sarah Potenza continues her lengthy street to stardom. From humble beginnings singing within the college choir at Smithfield Excessive Faculty, Potenza has shined shiny on hit TV exhibits together with “NBC’s The Voice” and most lately, “America’s Acquired Expertise.”
I spoke with the Nashville-primarily based singer-songwriter lately by cellphone as she ready for her upcoming tour, her first in virtually two years. She’ll be enjoying The Met in Pawtucket, alongside with fellow singer Katie Kaden. In fact, the previous 18 months have been a difficult time for the music trade, and Potenza was not immune from these challenges.
“We’ve all been sort of like, hanging out, doing nothing – it’s been terrible,” she noticed.
Her pandemic silver lining got here earlier this 12 months, when representatives from the ABC TV present “America’s Acquired Expertise,” reached out. She defined the way it occurred.
“They contacted me after they noticed me on YouTube. Whenever you put your self on the market at a sure degree folks discover you, so younger artists take be aware, put your self on the market. Put your self on YouTube – you by no means know who’s gonna see it.”
“In order that they requested me to come back on the present,” she continued. “One of many issues I used to be so impressed with was that the individuals who contacted me knew my authentic music and appreciated me as an artist. We talked about plus-size trend and my authentic songs. It was simply actually a pleasant dialog.”
That dialog led to an look on the present and a YouTube efficiency video that thus far has amassed over a million views.
“I’m at all times up for the publicity,” stated Potenza. “You by no means know what’s going to occur, you would finish up on there and win, or you would finish up singing one tune like I did and get 1,000,000 folks to see and hearken to you. It’s simply at all times such a blessing. I went to LA and quarantined and COVID examined. I went into the audition and it was actually actually enjoyable.
“They let me know that I didn’t make it via to the dwell rounds. I simply thank them for the great expertise. I bought to share my voice and a few of my music with folks. What an effective way to kick off coming again to actuality right here, coming again to the general public,” she added. “It had been a very long time and I had grown a lot as an artist and a human being since ‘The Voice’ which was like six years in the past. Simply with the ability to showcase the final 5 years of progress was actually a particular second for me and I’m so grateful for it.”
Many followers remembered her “Voice” stint, the place she impressed the judges with a uncommon 4-chair flip.
“From what I see on Fb, some folks stated, Oh I keep in mind you from ‘The Voice’ and I rooted for you then and I hope you make it on this. I feel there may be plenty of crossover between Voice followers and America’s Acquired Expertise followers,” remarked Potenza.
It’s not unusual for celebrities to seem on a number of expertise competitors exhibits. “I watch some actuality exhibits like RuPaul’s Drag Race and so they’ll convey again queens for the All-Stars or completely different seasons. Remembering them from years in the past, it’s at all times cool to see the place folks at the moment are,” Potenza defined. “Lots of my followers establish with one thing concerning the music and that’s what brings them to the occasion.”
Nationwide publicity that comes with these appearances undoubtedly helps promote data and live performance tickets. Potenza noticed a bounce in listenership simply after the AGT present aired.
“My album and the one ‘Worthy’ rose to #1 on the iTunes blues charts in that week. It was fairly unimaginable – a bucket checklist factor that was actually nice, particularly as a result of 2020 wasn’t one of the best as an artist financially. You acquire like 20-25% followers on social media, extra folks signal up to your e-mail checklist, and people are folks which are going to come back out and purchase tickets to exhibits, or stream your music or purchase a t-shirt,” stated Potenza.
Potenza acknowledges an unimaginable expertise on “The Voice” in 2015, however famous that she didn’t have a lot inventive management whereas on the present. The AGT expertise felt completely different.
“It’s sort of humorous, the older you get, you understand that is me. To have the ability to come out and carry out within the garments that I need to put on and sing the tune I need to sing to the observe that was just like the instrumental from my album … it felt like such a redemptive second. On ‘The Voice’ they selected the garments, the songs. It felt like, right here, you’re the rocker chick, do that. And I felt like hey, I can do extra, I can sing like Bonnie Raitt,” she defined.
In the meantime, Potenza is gearing up for some touring and recording as Covid circumstances enhance.
“We’re beginning to get again on the market and play exhibits. We did one in Atlanta this summer time and it was nice. It was at Eddie’s Attic, the legendary songwriter venue. We additionally simply hit the Bluebird in Nashville and that was offered out.”
Potenza defined how the homecoming present at The Met on October 23rd can be particular.
“I’ve been performing the songs from Street to Rome as a trio however for the present in Rhode Island, we’re going to have a seven-piece band. I’m gonna kick the showcase when Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Each Girl,’” she introduced. Feels like a promising present!