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“Free Bird” is notoriously difficult to cover. Where some approach the song with timidity as if they’re afraid to leave a mark, others get too familiar with the 1973 Lynyrd Skynyrd classic and turn it into something you no longer recognize; however, we think we’ve found a singer who hit the mark beautifully and y’all, we’re not kidding when we say that her rendition was so good it actually startled us – we couldn’t believe that voice!
Hit reality singing competition The Voice had no idea what hit it when singer-songwriter Sarah Potenza took the stage during one particular episode of the show’s 8th season, held captive by the throaty whisper at the beginning of “Free Bird” that promised great things to come yet still careful to hide what was coming next.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, a white fringed leather jacket and a voice big enough to move mountains, Sarah opens the throttle nearly one minute into her performance and before you know it turns “Free Bird” into a soaring 2 minutes and 42 seconds of rock and roll greatness, serving up a heady brew of honey and fire for a performance that brought the audience to its feet and Sarah to her knees with every powerful belt.
Fun Fact: According to guitarist Gary Rossington, “‘Free Bird’ was actually one of the first songs we ever wrote.”
One of our favorite Voice performances in recent memory, Sarah Potenza’s “Free Bird” performance was big enough to shake the heavens and we’re sure that it’ll be big enough to shake something in you, too. Enjoy!