It’s been three years since powerhouse vocalist Sarah Simmons wowed audiences on the NBC reality show, The Voice impressing the judges and America with her five-octave range before ultimately landing in the final eight. Now Simmons emerges with her first full-length album, Freedom. Released on August 26th, the twelve track collection highlights Simmons ability to adapt to multiple genres of music, demonstrating an impressive range that can deliver grit like Bonnie Raitt, reach heavenly heights like Sarah McLachlan or hit hard like Amy Lee of Evanescence.
Produced by Marshall Altman (Amy Grant, Eric Paslay) at House of Blues studio, Freedom allows Sarah’s unique voice to shine on songs that are emotional, honest and intense. The album opens, appropriately, with the edgy title track before segueing into the ethereal “War In My Mind” and the soulful explosion of “Honey I’m Fine” about hiding emotions from the world.
The album showcases Simmons versatility (vocal and melodic) on songs like the lovely piano ballads “One More Day” and “Let It Go,” the pulsating dance track “All We Want” and the gorgeous and sprawling “Stone.” Freedom is rounded out by the haunting “Bridges,” “Your Next Lover” which wishes an ex-lover well “as crazy as it sounds,” and “Staring At The Sun” a moving song written for Sean Reeder, a close the friend who tragically passed.
Simmons has said that the songs on the album are “about truly allowing yourself to be free from people, places and things that are toxic to your life. It’s about loving other people for who they are and loving yourself — and truly walking into freedom in life and being your complete self.” They’re sentiments that she expresses well, imparting encouragement and optimism; so allow yourself the freedom to experience it, learn from it...and enjoy it.