On this weekend’s episode of The Launch (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) we saw two artists act as a reminder that hard work and perserverance are the difference between good singers and great artists. We also saw a whole lot of girl power, thanks to incredible performances from duo Old Soul Rebel and solo artist Saveria, whose years of working in the music business paid off this week when the singer’s incredible version of the original song “Down To The Roots” was launched.
From the very first note of her audition it was obvious that London, Ontario artist Saveria was a singer who could handle any song or genre. Working with the mentors, including show creator Scott Borchetta, pop star Marie-Mai, and guest mentors Max Kerman from Arkells and producer Jon Levine, Saveria went above and beyond the range she displayed with her raw and emotional cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” to record a star-making version of “Down To The Roots” that has the potential to be the biggest song in the history of The Launch. We were not prepared for Saveria, but she was defintiely ready for us.
Saveria wasn’t the only artist to deliver an incredible audition this week. She was joined by rock goddesses Old Soul Rebel, songwriter with the golden pen James Clayton, vocal acrobat Polina Grace, and the charming and talented Charlie the Kid. Old Soul Rebel brought their blend of current and throwback rock and pop sensibilities to the recording studio and The Launch stage alongside Saveria, but ultimately the mentors chose Saveria’s more pop-heavy cover of “Down To The Roots” to be launched.
Here are six times Saveria proved she was a rockstar.
WHEN SHE PERSERVERED
Starting in the music business at only 9-years-old, Saveria may look like an artist who has had one breakthrough after another, but she too has faced setbacks. The difference between Saveria and other aspiring singers is that she’s perservered. “I’ve been told that I’m not good enough on multiple occasions, unfortunately,” admitted Saveria during her episode of The Launch. A Star Is Born, amirite?
WHEN SHE OWNED BORN THIS WAY
Speaking of Gaga, holy Mother Monster. We’ve danced to “Born This Way,” but we’ve never cried to it. That is, until we heard Saveria’s stunning cover of Lady Gaga’s hit pop song. The range! The emotion! The lyrics we never understood before but could finally hear clearly! BRB, need to rewind Saveria’s audition on The Launch and make her version of “Born This Way” our ringtone. Call us!
WHEN SHE HAD TO SHAKE IT OFF
Once in the recording studio with Jon and Scott, Saveria’s nerves began to take hold of her voice. Rather than trying to calm her down, Jon used the producer trick of having Saveria literally shake her body while singing. “Once she started to do that and loosen up, it changed the whole game,” Jon said. “I can feel that there’s a beast in there.” Beast mode activated.
WHEN CHRISTINA AGUILERA TOOK OVER SAVERIA’S BODY
The recording studio is an intimidating place on a good day, but add the pressure of TV cameras, A&R legend Scott Borchetta and producer-extraordinaire Jon Levine? It’s a lot. Amazingly, Saveria was able to not only handle the pressure, but thrive under it. “Scott and Jon pushed me past my limit. I didn’t realize I could do a lot of the things that I did. They brought that out of me. I’m really lucky,” said Saveria. “It’s as if Christina Aguilera has taken over the body of Saveria,” said Scott.
Of all the pop stars in the world to be compared to, Christina Aguilera is about as good as it gets. Slay, Saveria.
WHEN SHE TOOK HER MOMENT
Following Saveria’s high energy performance of “Down To The Roots,” the singer spoke to The Launch cameras about what the opportunity means to her. “Scott said in the audition, what’s been holding you back? I think it was this opportunity,” said Saveria. “I was just waiting for that moment and this is my moment.”
Cue Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back.” Then put “Down To The Roots” on again, because that song is a jam.
WHEN SHE STUNNED THE MENTORS
Performing for Scott Borchetta, Marie-Mai, Max Kerman, Jon Levine, AND a live studio audience is about as intense as it gets for a musician, but Saveria handled it like a pro. Even with a small lyric error, Saveria never missed a step. “There have been moments when I screwed up on live television, but she owned it and she enjoyed it,” said Max. Jon agreed, saying “The thing we were looking for was, is she going to come out of her shell. And I think she absolutely did that.”
Enjoy the official, studio version of “Down to the Roots.”
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