Sara Beth Bareilles (born December 7, 1979) is a pop singer-songwriter best known for her 2007 hit single "Love Song". Since hitting the mainstream in 2007 she's struggled to find quite as much success as with her debut single, but a dedicated fanbase and a collection of irresistible tracks has kept her from maintaining a "One-Hit Wonder" status. Currently she has three Grammy nominations (two for "Love Song" and one for "King of Anything"), has played for President Barack Obama and his family twice, and has little trouble selling out venues across the globe.
Sara has been reminding people that she exists lately with hit singles "King of Anything," "Uncharted," and now "Brave," proving that maybe singer-songwriters have some staying power in the industry after all.
Bareilles, an alumna of the a cappella group UCLA Awaken, also served as a judge on the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off, along with Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men. In 2018, she portrayed Mary Magdalene in NBC's live production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie.
- Careful Confessions (2004)
- Little Voice (2007)
- Kaleidoscope Heart (2010)
- Once Upon Another Time (2012)
- The Blessed Unrest (2013)
- What's Inside: Songs From Waitress (2015)
- Album Title Drop - On Kaleidoscope Heart in "Uncharted."
- Audience Participation Song - During her live shows she encourages fans to sing along to "Love Song"
- Be Yourself- "Brave"
- Break-Up Song - "Breathe Again," "Gonna Get Over You," "Basket Case," "Bluebird," and "Manhatten"
- Bungled Suicide: One popular interpretation of "Once Upon Another Time".
- The Cover Changes the Gender - Averted with her cover of Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You", and "Theodosia Reprise" (part of The Hamildrops, a cut song from Hamilton originally sung by Aaron Burr.)
- Dual-Meaning Chorus - "Love Song" was written to her record label, not to a lover, but by listening to the chorus you wouldn't know that.
- Garden of Eden — "Eden" is naturally rife with allusions to the garden. The singer tells of a good life in "Eden", once lived before a serpent took it away from her.
- Iconic Song Request - "Love Song," though she doesn't mind.
- Listing Cities - In "Vegas"
- Love Nostalgia Song - "Breathe Again"
- Lyrical Dissonance - Multiple songs; Sara prides herself on writing "Fuck You" songs to joyful, poppy melodies.
- New Sound Album - Whereas her previous work was mainly piano-led pop rock, The Blessed Unrest adds an electronic edge. Especially noticeable in "Hercules" and the eighties-esque "Eden".
- Pep-Talk Song - "Let the Rain"
- Pop-Star Composer: She wrote the songs for the musical version ofWaitress and even starred in the show for six weeks.
- Precision F-Strike- "Sweet as Whole" edging toward Cluster F-Bomb, but it's the only time she curses in her entire catalog.
(Sara begins playing the album-only bridge)Sara: This part wasn't on the radio...(audience continues to sing along anyway)Sara: Fuckers...
- She also uses the word "shit" in Bottle It Up. It's removed in the video, though.
- Used for comedic effect during her live album Brave Enough. During an audience sing-along of "Love Song":
- Self-Backing Vocalist - Many tracks on Kaleidoscope Heart, but notably in "Kaleidoscope Heart," "King of Anything," "Say You're Sorry," and "Not Alone."
- Self Empowerment Anthem: The memetic "Brave"
- Silly Love Songs - Subverted with "Love Song".
- Sir Swears-a-Lot - Has an adorable potty mouth.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism - "Love Song" and "King of Anything" are quite cynical. While on the other hand, "Brave" is very idealistic.
- Sophisticated as Hell - "Sweet As Whole" jolts between sweet/poetic and blunt/vulgar.
- Stealth Pun - Considering "Sweet as Whole" isn't uttered in the song and it's essentially a Precision F-Strike... Just read the title slowly.
- Stepford Snarker - The bridge section of "King of Anything" reveals Sara (or whoever is singing the song at the time) to be one, lamenting her Extreme Doormat attitude. Even earlier, "So many things I'd say if only I was able" hints at this.
- The Swear Jar - In the interim talking on her "Live from So Ho" iTunes EP, she mentions that she often doesn't get paid when she plays at universities because of her cursing.
- Take That! - "Machine Gun" was written to her critics.
- "Love Song" was written for her record company, who kept asking her to write one.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "King of Anything"
- Unplugged Version - A few songs on the deluxe edition of "Little Voice"
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: "1000 Times"
- You Are Not Alone: "Satellite Call"