It’s been three years since Sarah Ross released her debut EP Calm Before The Storm. In that time the talented singer/songwriter has only grown in her artistry as she set about releasing Nervous Breakdown, the five track follow-up.
The title track, from the mighty country songwriting foursome of Shane McAnally, Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen, Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark, allows Ross to shine as she sings a story song about a woman pushed to edge. Fans of Musgraves and Clark will know of the kind of woman in the track but it’s also nice to hear another female artist take on such a song and absolutely slay it.
Like Carrie Underwood, Ross has a voice that is well-made for rock-edged country music and on “Headed For Goodbye” Ross showcases this with the atmospheric country rocker while the powerful duet “All I Want To Know” proves that Ross knows her way around a classic country song (this one was written by Aaron Barker and Don May). A duet with Danny Worsnop, “All I Want To Know” is drenched in fiddle and the vocal blend is fantastic. Worsnop, the lead vocalist of the UK rock band Asking Alexandria could have a future in country music if he so chooses.
Meanwhile, the final two tracks on this record, “Love This Strong” and “Doin’ Just Fine” show some other sides to Sara Ross’ talent, especially as a singer of country/pop fare like the latter song, a song which could be a country radio contender. Sarah Ross has all of the talent in the world and does things few country music female artists can do vocally and does them extremely well. While she’s yet to release a full-length album for Average Joes Entertainment, the Nervous Breakdown EP showcases where Sarah Ross is going and that could be one of the top female artists in country music. Even if she never gets there, it won’t be for a lack of talent.