Sara Beth Bareilles sang in the school choir, taught herself to play the piano and guitar and performed in local musical theatre including taking the role of Audrey in the Little Shop Of Horrors. While studying Communications at UCLA she sang in an a cappella group and later began singing in local clubs, bars and at open mic nights. In 2003 she released two self-financed CD's of demos and live songs The First One and The Summer Sessions and issued her independent debut album Careful Confessions the same year. Securing a deal with Epic Records Bareilles went out on tour as support to numerous bands and artists including Mika, Aqualung, Paulo Nutini, Marc Broussard, James Blunt and her old friends Maroon 5 before releasing her major label debut album Little Voice in July 2007. Produced by Eric Rosse (known for his work with Tori Amos and Lisa Marie Presley) the record featured six re-recorded tracks from her debut and sold well around the World but particularly in the USA and the UK where it peaked at No 7 and No 9 respectively. The lead single 'Love Song' became a huge international multi-platinum hit, topping the charts in the USA and Canada and reaching the Top 10 in eight other countries including the UK where it rose to No 4. While the album spawned two more singles, 'Bottle It Up' (2008) and a re-recorded 'Gravity' (2009) neither of them broke into the charts. In addition to touring with Counting Crows and Maroon 5 (again) 2008 also saw the release of the live album Between The Lines: Sara Bareilles Live At The Fillmore as well as 'Winter Song', a duet with Ingrid Michaelson taken from the compilation album
The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs which featured numerous artists including KT Tunstall, Fiona Apple, Katy Perry and Colbie Caillat. The success of the single 'King Of Anything' was confined to the USA where it peaked at No 32 and proved to be the only track from her forthcoming album to appear on the charts.
The singer/songwriter recorded her second album for Epic and with help from producer Neil Avron and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Pearl Jam, Critters Buggin')Kaleidoscope Heart debuted at the top of the US charts in September 2010 although it failed to crack the UK Top 100. The following year began with the digital release of her iTunes Live From SoHo in February but she suffered a setback on August 13th when straight after her opening set at the Indiana State Fair, high winds during a thunderstorm caused the roof of the temporary staging to collapse, killing seven people including a member of the stagecrew and injuring more than four dozen others. In September 2011 Bareilles appeared as a judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) on the NBC TV Talent show The Sing Off although she only remained with the programme for one season. Her co-judge Ben Folds also served as the producer of her five track EP Once Upon Another Time that debuted on the US charts at No 8 and yielded the single 'Stay'. In April 2013 the single 'Brave', co-written with singer/guitarist Jack Antonoff of the indie band Fun became her most successful record for some time, peaking at No 23 in the USA, No 3 in Australia and No 4 in New Zealand. The parent album The Blessed Unrest debuted Stateside at No 2 in July 2013 and apart from two tracks co-written with Antonoff it also featured two with Matt Hales (Aqualung) and one with Peter Harper and Jason Blynn (of the rock band Harper Blynn) while the remaining seven were composed by Bareilles alone. Her third live album Brave Enough: Live At The Variety Playhouse (recorded in Atlanta, Georgia) was released on CD and DVD in October 2013 and featured the singer/songwriter performing an intimate solo concert where she played some of her best known songs as well as several cover versions.
Apart from her own records the singer/songwriter has featured on releases by a number of other artists including Jay Nash ('Barcelona'), OneRepublic ('Come Home'), Aqualung ('Remember Us'), Weezer ('(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To'), Jon McLaughlin ('Summer Is Over'), Greg Laswell ('Come Back Down') and Straight No Chaser ('I Want You Back'). In January 2014 she duetted live with Carole King at the Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles while in April of the same year she performed with Sir Elton John at the annual Hot Pink Party fundraiser in aid of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Sara Bareilles has proved herself to be a highly talented and versatile piano based singer/songwriter whose lyrics are a cut above those of her contemporaries.
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