When Sarah Ross auditioned for American Idol in 2012, she tackled a snippet of Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” before moving into Nicki Minaj’s half-rapped, half-sung “Super Bass.” Years later, she’s fueling her new single, “Calm Before the Storm,” with the same mix of country-pop and mainstream hip-hop.
Released this summer on the Average Joes Entertainment label, “Calm Before the Storm” doubles as the title track from Ross’s new EP. It’s a girl-power anthem, shot through with all the weather metaphors and vengeful promises of Underwood’s “Blown Away.” The music video, which makes its premiere today on Rolling Stone Country, casts a similar mood, opening up with scenes of a deteriorating relationship and ending with Ross’s decision to leave her no-good beau and strike out on her own.
Ross co-wrote “Calm Before the Storm” with a small army of Average Joes artists, as well as solo artist Mallary Hope, who helped pen “Georgia Peaches” for fellow American Idol vet Lauren Alaina.
“When someone hears ‘Calm Before the Storm,’ I want them to feel independent, empowered and have a true connection,” she says. “I wanted to give all women a voice, so I let the storm portray that a woman is a force to be reckoned with.”