Sarah Potenza. "I work for me," Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album in 2019 — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence.
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. 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."
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, Lauryn Hill, Pops Staples, the Dirty Projectors, RL Burnside, Bette Midler, and more and 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. She even made room for a piano-propelled cover of "Worthy," originally written by Grammy-nominated icon Mary Gauthier, who personally sent the song to Potenza.
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 battle cry from a soul singer and blues belter, shot through with pop melodies, and rock & roll attitude.