Sara Bareilles hits the stage for her one night only concert at NY City Center on Thursday night (November 5) in New York City.
The 35-year-old singer celebrated the release of her brand new album What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress and she live-streamed the show online for those who couldn’t make it.
Sara performed a full hour of songs solely from the new Broadway musical that she wrote and then returned to the stage for a half hour of her biggest hits. She closed out the evening with a powerful a capella version of her song “Gravity.”
The next day, Sara performed her new single “She Used to Be Mine” on The Today Show. Watch the video below!
Sara Bareilles has just dropped her brand new song “Bad Idea” and you can listen to the full track right here!
The 35-year-old singer teamed up with Jason Mraz on the track featured on her upcoming album What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which features songs from her upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, for which she wrote both the music and lyrics.
Sara Bareilles stops by Barnes & Noble to sign copies of her new book “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song” on Tuesday (October 6) in New York City.
The 35-year-old singer later performed a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music featuring a conversation with singer Ben Folds, who wrote the foreword for the book.
Sara is releasing a new album next month featuring the songs from the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, for which she wrote the music and lyrics. Don’t expect it to sound like a normal Broadway album though.
“I really wanted to take the approach of just treating these songs as I would making them a Sara Bareilles record… I just wanted to be in the space where I could really play with these arrangements and with the orchestrations, so the process was super fun and I had friends come in. I had Jason Mraz guest on the record, I had a friend write string arrangements, I had my music director and her sisters do the background vocals,” Sara told Glamour.
“It was a community effort, and it was kind of fast and furious too—we were in and out of the studio in about a month, which is kind of quick for me,” Sara added. “I wanted the songs to feel very much like I was treating them as if they were on any other record of mine. I didn’t want to make a ‘musical theater’ record. I just wanted to capture these songs in their essence as I would in any other way.”
For a long time, Sara Bareilles has been telling everyone that her hit song “Love Song” was written in response to her label asking her to write a love song, but now she reveals that is not true.
“No, nobody ever said that,” the 35-year-old singer told the Huffington Post, adding that the story is a “distilled version of the truth.”
“People sort of want to hear what they want to hear,” Sara said. “It makes for an easy one-liner to be like, ‘So the big bad record label wanted you to write love songs and this is you fighting back.’ It’s not that it’s not true, but it wasn’t that simple.”
Sara says that the inspiration for “Love Song” came from terrible co-writing sessions that her record label wanted her to do.
“The co-writing sessions, I think for me, they came at a time where I was still so unsure of my own edges. In a way, I was still sort of discovering who I was as an artist at that time. And while I don’t think that any of those collaborators had any bad intentions, I just don’t think I was ready to collaborate,” Sara explained.
Even though she sings about not wanting to write a love song, Sara says the hit single really is a love song.
“It was a love song to my craft. It was a love song to my intention, to my heart and soul. I was fighting for the essence of some truth inside of me, which to me is a beautiful love song. It just wasn’t a duet between Peter Cetera and Amy Grant,” she said with a laugh. “It wasn’t going to be the end title in a romantic comedy, at all.”
Make sure to pick up Sara‘s book “Sounds Like Me” to hear stories behind lots of her songs. It is in stores on Tuesday (October 6).