Rachel Potter isn’t exactly new to the stage.
A musical theater vet, she cut her teeth on Broadway, where she costarred with Ricky Martin in the revival of Evita and played Brook Shields’ death-obsessed daughter in The Addams Family. It was 2012’s Live the Dream — a country EP rooted in the polished pep of her theater training and the twang of her Florida roots — that helped Potter shift gears, offering up an outlet not only for her singing, but her songwriting as well. Three years later, fueled by a move to Nashville and a recent stint on The X Factor, Potter is back with Not So Black and White, a full-length album that hits stores on March 3rd.
On the mid-tempo “Tail Lights,” she sings about cutting out of town, leaving nothing behind but a trail of exhaust and the fading glow of her getaway car. [Listen to the song’s exclusive premiere below.]
“When I first heard it, I could completely relate to it, recalling the itch to leave the confines of the small town I grew up in and go make something of myself,” she says of the song, which was written by Lucie Silvas, Melissa Pierce and Jeremy Spillman. “I always dreamed of the day when I could prove to all those people who made fun of me for wanting to sing that they were wrong. This song is full of hope. It feels like the in-between of the leap and the landing. . .it’s the feeling of flying through the air, not knowing what the future holds but being full of optimism. To me, that’s where the magic is.”
Silvas, a British singer-songwriter who released a pair of Top 10 hits overseas before relocating to Nashville, calls the song “liberating.”
“It’s a story about taking the adventure of a lifetime, leaving home with nothing, and before anyone even realizes you’re gone,” she adds, “you’re heading out onto an unknown road.”