Rhode Island-native Sarah Potenza is debuting her latest music video “Diamond,” a stunning track off her recently released, critically-acclaimed album, ‘Road To Rome.’
Potenza says in a statement, “To cast dancers for ‘Diamond’, I had to consider more than just the music or the look. Could the dancers live my lyrics? Could they pull from their own lives and say, ”Oh that line, I feel that so deeply that I want to express it”? That is what’s at the center of my art. So casting women who had these experiences and the emotional capacity to express them was a big priority for me”.
She continues, “I first heard about Pretty Big Movement through a video that came across my Facebook feed in 2017. (PBM founder) Akira’s look and dance moves caught my eye, but it was her story that caught my attention. She had danced in two Beyonce videos, and still couldn’t get an agent, because of her size. I knew that feeling all too well. I was in awe of what she did next. Akira started her very own dance troupe, Pretty Big Movement, which has since been featured all over the world.
So of course producing the ‘Diamond’ music video, I decided I was gonna toss the song her way and see if it resonated with her. Within the hour we were on the phone laughing and chatting about our similar spirit and experiences as full figured gals of the entertainment industry. After that conversation I was sold on the idea that Pretty Big Movement was the perfect choice.”
In talking about the inspiration for the song, Potenza adds, ““From my earliest crushes through my bachelorette years, the pattern was always the same. The boys would laugh at all my jokes, be in awe of my talents, and then ask me if my quiet, more submissive girlfriend would go out with them. I spent a lot of time feeling ashamed of who I was. I tried so hard to crack the code. Tried to be smaller in every way, but I just couldn’t squeeze myself into the glass slipper. Today I am grateful to have failed, because I wanted things that they could never give to me. Diamond is an open letter to a fourteen year old Sarah. I want to tell her not to cry over those boys. I want to reach all the little Sarah’s out there and tell them, “Girl, just wait. Your turn is coming. You’re a diamond.”
Known to millions as a semi-finalist on season 8 of The Voice, Sarah has since gone on to release a critically-acclaimed debut solo LP ‘Monster’ in 2016, which 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.”
Her latest LP, ‘Road to Rome,’ is an album of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues. Co-written by Potenza, her husband Ian Crossman and friend Justin Wiseman, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche), and recorded with a female-heavy cast of collaborators, the record 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.
Buy/stream ‘Road To Rome’ here: http://smarturl.it/sarahpotenza.