Sarah SimmonsDistrict Stage, 7-10pm
It’s been three years since Sarah Simmons wowed her way onto the NBC reality show, The Voice.
Audiences reacted strongly to Sarah’s five-octave range and her uncanny ability to adapt to practically any genre of music. Though she didn’t win as finalist, the exposure has been its own reward and her first full-length album, Freedom, was released in August.
Simmons’ new album showcases her pop sensibilities, along with her modern rock influences. Produced by Nashville pro Marshall Altman (Amy Grant, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, Citizen Cope) at House of Blues Studio, Sarah wrote or co-wrote nearly all of the material. Standout tracks include the hook-laden Southern rocker, “Honey I’m Fine,” and the anthemic closer, “Staring At The Sun,” written over the tragic death of her friend.
Throughout Freedom, Simmons proves she can deliver vocal thrills like Ann Wilson, down home grit like Grace Potter, and soul like Janis Joplin, all with vulnerability and Southern charm.
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