“The criticism about the instant fame kind of bothers me because people see it as a shortcut or an easy way in, but it’s not. It’s really hard to be on this show,” says the big-voiced singer, who released her new album Monster last month. “When I tell you you have to give 200 percent, it’s not an understatement. You have to be the absolute best version of yourself every moment of every day.”
Potenza competed during the eighth season of The Voice, impressing viewers with her Janis-meets-Aretha pipes and performing style. On Monster, she furthers that soulful sound, delivering a mix of original material, like the empowering title track, and covers like Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.”
The singer will perform throughout this week’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville, including a full-band showcase Thursday night at East Nashville haunt the 5 Spot.