Sara Bareilles Talks 'Brave Enough' DVD, Katy Perry, Broadway & More! (Exclusive Interview)
Sara Bareilles just wrapped her fall tour to promote her latest album The Blessed Unrest and she is also dropping the DVD for intimate Brave Enough Tour today!
The 33-year-old Grammy nominated singer embarked on a solo tour in small venues across the country and was on stage with just herself and her instruments throughout the entire length of each show. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket for the tour, now is your chance to catch how special it really was.
JustJared.com had the opportunity to chat with Sara about her tours, her performance at Katy Perry‘s charity concert tomorrow night, her upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, and even the new book she is writing.
Sara Bareilles – “Manhattan” (Live at Variety Playhouse)
Click inside to read our exclusive interview with Sara Bareilles…
Sara Bareilles Interview – JustJared.com Exclusive!
Just Jared: Congratulations on wrapping up the Blessed Unrest Tour. What was your favorite song to perform each night?
Sara Bareilles: Oooh, good question. To be honest, it sort of changed from night to night. I think some nights I loved really digging into the ballads, singing a song like “Manhattan” was really satisfying. We did a song on the record called “December” a handful of times and that was really satisfying to me as well. And then on other nights it was just like “Chasing the Sun” or “Eden.” But I do have to say that playing “Brave” every night was super, super fun because it is just really connecting with the audience right now and people are singing along. It was a blast.
JJ: On the Brave Enough Tour you played a bunch of tiny and intimate shows and then on the Blessed Unrest Tour you played a bunch of big theaters. Which do you prefer?
SB: It’s a really hard question to answer because they’re so different. I think the venues that will make sense for me forever are the intimate ones. That’s just where I feel more at home. But, I have to say it’s been really fun to stretch right now and to be in bigger venues, play to thousands of people, and kind of challenge myself because that’s not the normal venue I’m really used to. It’s great to see the shows growing and having more and more people want to be there, but I do think I can see myself playing intimate venues for the rest of my life.
JJ: We’re sure that all of your fans are very excited for the release of the Brave Enough Tour Blu-ray/DVD. Do you have any behind the scenes footage that will be on there?
SB: I really wanted to keep this DVD basically feeling like as if you were if at the show. I didn’t do, sort of intentionally, a lot of behind the scenes stuff even though as a fan of someone else I’m curious to see that, but I really wanted to capture the show itself. I think it ended up being a fun peek into what this tour really was like because it was so small and I know a lot of people wouldn’t be able to get into the show.
JJ: We were at the show in New York City and we loved it!
SB: Aww, yay! Thank you! You saw where the guy held up the sign and said, “Will you be my surrogate?”
JJ: Yep, that was it!!
SB: That’s what I remember most from that show.
JJ: You’ll be performing this week at Katy Perry‘s “We Will Survive” Benefit Concert. Can you give us a preview of what you are going to perform?
SB: I’m going to do a mixture of old and new. I’m going to the songs that people might be familiar with from my earlier records and then we’ll do a handful of songs from the new record as well. All of the artists have abbreviated sets. We’re not doing a full, full show. But, it should be fun. I’m super excited to share the stage with all this awesome girlpower and also of course coming together for this beautiful cause is really cool.
JJ: We are sure you have heard all about how people were comparing Katy’s song “Roar” to your song “Brave.” Well, we thought it would be pretty awesome if you guys did a mashup of the two!
SB: Well, you’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens! I think it’s going to be such a fun show.
JJ: We read a while ago that “I Choose You” would be the second single off the album. Is that still true?
SB: That’s still sort of up in the air. We’re talking about a couple of options for the second single. I’m actually really pulling to move towards having “Manhattan” being the second single. I’ve never released a ballad as my single and this is a song that is really, really special to me. So I’m really pulling for that.
JJ: You have been so busy since the album was released, but have you started writing any new music yet?
SB: I’m actually really focused on writing music for a musical right now. I’m working with some folks in New York and we’re putting together a stage adaptation of the movie Waitress. I’m so excited. When I get a free minute, that’s what I’m spending my time writing.
JJ: Can you give any insight into your process of writing the score to the show?
SB: Right now it’s very exploratory because I’m not super familiar with writing for a musical. But I am a really big musical theater fan and so I’m kind of just looking to my favorite scores as inspiration. I’m also trying to just play. I think I’m really so in the early stages of it. I’m still kind of watching things unfold and trying to get inside the characters that I’ve really embraced the storytelling on their behalf.
JJ: Do you work side by side with the book writer? Has the book been completed already?
SB: It has been really collaborative at this point. The way it has worked is we’ll have a team meeting so to speak and we talk about structure, character development, the placement of the songs within the show. Then we all sort of go to our corners and do some work independent of each other. Like I said, we’re still kind of just getting started on it, but I think once it gets up and moving it will move pretty quickly, which is really cool!
JJ: We haven’t heard anything about who is staring in the show, so if you were offered the main role, would you want to do it?
SB: You know, I don’t know. Actually, that is a question mark right now. I do have to say it’s increasingly hard to imagine someone else singing the songs as they’re coming out one by one. I am definitely feeling very attached to this character, but I don’t want to give any false expectations. I’m not sure. I’m going to have to let this all develop.
JJ: Would you ever want to star in any show on Broadway?
SB: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I think it’s an issue of timing at this point. Trying to find the right time and the right show for something like that.
JJ: We also heard you are going to be writing a book! Can you tell us about that?
SB: I’m again sort of in the beginning stages and working with Simon and Schuester. We are just putting together, basically a collection of essays. They’re autobiographical. They’re true stories about my life and my career. I’m sort of dissecting the writing process: in certain moments, sharing funny stories, the inspiration behind certain songs, and just kind of throwing a bunch of stuff out there at this point and then we’ll probably piece it together a little further down the line. But yeah, I’m spending a lot of time on that as well.
JJ: Do you have an expected release date yet?
SB: Not quite yet. We’re hoping for 2014, but yeah it’s still kind of in the beginning stages.
JJ: Finally – what are you listening to on the radio right now that you’re really into?
SB: Hmmm, what am I listening to on the radio? Well I’ve been on my tour bus so I don’t have the radio so I feel sort of out of the loop. I did just hear the song released by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff today. That was really cool. So I like that and I’m just such a huge fan of Jack and I love Taylor too. That was cool. That was new little tidbit.