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Sara Bareilles

A gifted songwriter and a versatile pianist with no formal training, Sara Bareilles burst onto the pop scene with a naturally skilled voice that ranged from powerful and soulful to sweet and gentle, earning her instant comparisons to Fiona Apple and Norah Jones. At age 18, she left the Redwood forests of her hometown, Eureka, California, in pursuit of a music career in Los Angeles. Although she attended UCLA's Communication Studies program, Bareilles spent the majority of her spare time studying her new environment and writing poetry and songs about the busy surroundings. After graduation, she spent the next three years performing her songs at open-mike nights, slowly building her confidence as a musician before graduating to local clubs and festivals. In 2003, she co-produced her first demo, Careful Confessions, and became enthralled with recording techniques. Eager to go back to the studio and create a second full-length album, she started shopping her CD around and signed a deal with Epic Records in April 2005. Producer Eric Rosse took her under his wing the following February and the two spent a little over a year perfecting the orchestration -- nearly half of the songs had formerly appeared on Careful Confessions, and a new batch of tracks was carefully constructed in order to make her first major-label release as strong as possible. The lyrical themes of the album, entitled Little Voice and released in July 2007, covered her past relationships, insecurities, and inner battles with trying to trust her instincts. The single "Love Song" made the album a hit; both single and album reached the Top Ten, with "Love Song" eventually selling more than three million copies. With a hit album on her hands, Bareilles hit the road and toured heavily for the next two years, releasing a concert album (Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore) along the way. Playing her songs night after night inspired her to begin writing new material, and Bareilles found herself drawn to material that was bigger, bolder, and peppier than the songs that comprised Little Voice. The result was Kaleidoscope Heart, which marked her second major-label effort upon its release in mid-2010. Kaleidoscope Heart debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, beginning a pretty hectic year for Bareilles. She toured the album well into 2011 and in the fall of that year, she signed on to NBC's televised competition The Sing-Off as a judge. After The Sing-Off wrapped up its run in the spring of 2012, Bareilles recorded the Once Upon Another Time EP with her fellow judge Ben Folds acting as producer. She toured semi-regularly throughout 2012 as she prepped a new album. That full-length record, her fourth, was called The Blessed Unrest and was released in July 2013. Partially on the strength of the single "Brave," The Blessed Unrest debuted at two on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release and in the next year it received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year; "Brave" also received a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. Following the album cycle for The Blessed Unrest, Bareilles turned her attention toward completing a memoir and writing the music for Diana Paulus' adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film Waitress. Both projects surfaced in the autumn of 2015. The book, entitled Sounds Like Me, appeared in October while What's Inside: Songs from Waitress saw release in November. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Stations Featuring
Sara Bareilles

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    3 songs

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    1 song

    Female Rock

    Female Rock
    1 song

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    6 songs

    Love Songs

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    2 songs

    Kids Pop

    1 song

Albums by
Sara Bareilles

Top Songs by
Sara Bareilles

  1.   Song
  2.   Love Song
  3.   Brave
  4.   King of Anything
  5.   Bottle It Up
  6.   Uncharted
  7.   I Choose You
  8.   Gravity
  9.   Manhattan
  10.   Gonna Get Over You
  11.   Hold My Heart
  12.   She Used to Be Mine
  13.   Hercules
  14.   Opening Up
  15.   Beautiful Girl
  16.   Eden
  17.   Bad Idea
  18.   December
  19.   Door Number Three
  20.   River
  21.   Little Black Dress
  22.   Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  23.   Breathe Again
  24.   When He Sees Me
  25.   One Sweet Love
  26.   Islands
  27.   Stay
  28.   Between the Lines
  29.   (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
  30.   You Matter to Me
  31.   1000 Times
  32.   Love on the Rocks
  33.   About "Many the Miles"
  34.   About "Red"
  35.   Soft Place to Land
  36.   Chasing the Sun
  37.   Lie to Me
  38.   The Light
  39.   Say You're Sorry
  40.   Not Alone
  41.   Let the Rain
  42.   Many the Miles
  43.   Come Round Soon
  44.   Fairytale
  45.   About When He Sees Me - Commentary
  46.   City
  47.   About Everything Changes - Commentary
  48.   About She Used To Be Mine - Commentary
  49.   About Door Number Three - Commentary
  50.   About Opening Up - Commentary
  51.   About "Beautiful Girl"
  52.   About "Love Song"
  53.   About "Gravity"
  54.   Lulu's Pie Song
  55.   Never Ever Getting Rid of Me
  56.   Wild Heart by Bleachers
  57.   I Just Want You