If you watched The Voice this year, you'll remember powerhouse vocalist Sarah Potenza, who blew the judges away during her blind audition. She'll play Musicians Corner this Sunday, and we couldn't be more excited.We talked to Potenza about her wild year, her go-to spots in Nashville and more.
What can we expect from your set at Musicians Corner?
A slammin’ show of roots rock and soul. Mostly originals, maybe a cover song, something by David Bowie or The Talking Heads. A five-piece band full of bearded dudes, and I'll be in a crazy outfit.
What were some of the career highlights for you this year?
God, where do I start! What a crazy year. Obviously getting a four chair turn on The Voice was very validating and so special for me. But getting a standing ovation on the Grand Ole Opry ....like... wait... is this happening?! How did I get here, after all these years of pushing and working, and I am singing on the Opry. And looking over and seeing my best friend, my husband Ian Crossman, on stage ripping his baritone guitar next to me with a huge smile on his face... it was everything. We have been playing music together for 20 years! 20 f**king years man!!!! And finally something breaks for us, and we are finally going somewhere.
What’s your favorite festival experience?
in 2011 I was invited to perform at a festival called Rhythm & Roots in Rhode Island. When I showed up, I had been on the road for months performing in bars, sometimes for 8 people who were eating pizza and playing keno. I was making about $200 a week, I was exhausted and looking for some kind of a sign to keep going. My band and I took the stage and suddenly thousands of people started to flock to the stage. The next day we were on the front page of all the papers in town and I was signing autographs and taking pictures, it was crazy. We sold over $5,000 in CDs that weekend and it gave me the validation I needed to believe that I could do this. This year I am returning to Rhythm & Roots festival to perform again, and I am just so thrilled to be going "home."
Where are some of the places you like to go to in Nashville?
To eat, Dino's! Late night it's the best. Also Pepperfire hot chicken, Arnolds and Monells. For music, The 5 Spot, The Bluebird, Music City Roots and The Basement. To shop, The Pony Show, thrifts (can't tell you my faves cause I am a thrift gangster) Opry Mills (I know but they have a Torrid (its for big girl who dig rock clothes. and a Forever 21 with a plus size section!)
Have you ever been to Musicians Corner?
I have. I was there in 2012 and I saw Sam Bush. A friend of mine was in town, and he invited us, so we got to hang backstage. It was a great show, great set up. the crowd was so into the music. And so I am very honored to be invited to be a part of this year’s line up.
What's the last great concert you went to?
I saw Elizabeth Cook at City Winery. I might be biased cause I was her personal assistant for a year, and because I am now with the same management as her, gold Mountain Entertainment) but her show was killer. She debuted new songs, and I thought that she was on top of her game as a writer. Spilling out the details of her personal life as if she was some kind of an Appalachian funk rapper, over the disco country grooves of a killer band. She's been working with Dexter Green and he has been arranging the new songs. They are a power couple .. LOL... I call them Elexter. It's their celebrity name... like Benifer.