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Sara Bareilles

Bareilles at night theatre Sugar Factor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 4 Apr. 2008
Background information
Birth name Sara Beth Bareilles
Also known as Serina
Born December 7, 1979 (1979-12-07) (age 30)
Eureka, California
Origin Bay Area, California
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Pop, pop rock, soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Epic

Sara Beth Bareilles (pronounced /bəˈrɛlɪs/; born December 7, 1979)[1] is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song", which brought her into the number one spot on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. Bareilles' vocal range registers from contralto to mezzo-soprano.[2]


Early life and family

Bareilles was born and raised in Eureka, California. She was raised Catholic[3] and participated in the high school choir, Limited Edition, and local community theater musical productions, including her high school's production of Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey.[4]

Bareilles attended the Communication Studies program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),[1] where she was a member of the co-ed a cappella group Awaken A Cappella,[5] and can be heard on their Dysfunktional Family Album singing Gravity and I Want You Back by The Jackson 5.[6] The group's rendition of Bareilles' "Gravity" was featured on the Best of College A Cappella 2004 compilation CD. Sara also stated on MTV's TRL that she and the band Maroon 5 go back far to their younger days in California when the band was known as Kara's Flowers. She performed in the annual student concert, UCLA Spring Sing, winning twice.


After graduating from college in 2002, Bareilles performed at local bars and clubs (such as the Hotel Café and Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles), building a following, before performing in larger venues. She issued two demos of mostly live tracks in 2003: The First One in April and The Summer Sessions in October. In 2004, she appeared as a singer in a bar in the indie film Girl Play, performing the song "Undertow".[4]

In January 2004, Bareilles released her first studio album, Careful Confessions. She signed a contract with Epic Records on April 15, 2005.[7] The remainder of the year and early 2006 were spent writing and reworking songs for her upcoming album.[1] Her song, "Gravity," appears briefly in the 2006 independent film Loving Annabelle. She also toured as the opening act in 2006 for Marc Broussard's "Carencro" tour.

In mid-2004 she opened for Rocco DeLuca and the Burden during their inaugural headline tour, supported Guster on their first UK tour and co-headlined a tour with Jon McLaughlin.[8] In 2007, Bareilles toured as the opening act for Aqualung and Mika, and later that year opened for several shows on both Maroon 5 and Paolo Nutini's U.S. tours. She also opened for James Blunt on his U.S. Tour in association with VH1 You Oughta Know.

In June 2007, iTunes featured Bareilles' single "Love Song" as the free single of the week. The following month, her major-label debut Little Voice shot to #1 on the list of most downloaded albums of the music store[9] in its first week of release, and debuted at #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. After being featured on a Rhapsody commercial in 2007, "Love Song" began climbing the pop charts, jumping from #73 to #16 in one week. As of December 27, 2007, "Love Song" has entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bareilles performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, January 17, 2008, and on the Today show on Thursday, February 21, 2008.

As of February 14, 2008, Little Voice has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album peaked in the Billboard 200 at #7.[10] Bareilles' single, "Love Song" was certified 2x platinum in April 2008.

She toured with Counting Crows and Maroon 5 between July 22 and August 26, 2008. The first stop was Virginia Beach, Virginia and the last stop Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.[11] Bareilles was selected as MTV artist of the week for July 7–11 and appeared again on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, July 9, 2008; and on December 9, 2008 (with Ingrid Michaelson).

On October 28, 2008, Bareilles released "Live At The Fillmore" on DVD and CD. The package is a recording of her first headlining tour at the famous Fillmore in San Francisco. She concluded the tour in her home town of Eureka, California on December 19, 2008, at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts.

In December 2008, a single with Ingrid Michaelson titled "Winter Song" was released off the compilation The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs. The two performed it on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and an animated video was released.

During the spring of 2009 Bareilles was on her second headlining tour, the "Gravity Tour," to promote the third and final single from her album Little Voice. She made her second appearance in Charlottesville, VA during UVA's annual Springfest on March 28, her first being an opening for Maroon 5.

Bareilles also played multiple college shows in April and May. Some were for college students only and others were open to the public.

Bareilles performed with many other singers on the season 3 finale of 30 Rock, alongside Mary J. Blige, Rachael Yamagata, Norah Jones and Elvis Costello.

Bareilles recorded a song "Come Home", a duet with OneRepublic, which was released on iTunes on July 14, 2009.

Bareilles is currently in a Brooklyn studio beginning work on the follow-up to her major label debut with help from Amir "Questlove" Thompson and Adam Blackstone. There is no time-table for the album's release.[12]

Bareilles was chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama to play at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh in September 2009. Here she performed songs for the first ladies of 20 nations and afterwards dined with Mrs. Obama.

She appeared with Weezer on Jimmy Kimmel Live and AOL Sessions guest performing "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" as well for a special performance on YouTube.

Bareilles sent out a special holiday message to fans on her mailing list and gave out a free live acoustic EP recorded during her Gravity Tour last Spring. The EP contains 7 acoustic songs, including a new song "Free Ride", "I'm On Fire" a Bruce Springsteen cover duet with Tony Lucca, and two speaking segments.

In early 2010, Bareilles recorded video of what she called "An Ode To Jersey Shore" and posted it to her official website as a gag for fans. [13] According to Rolling Stone magazine, Bareilles will release her third studio album in June 2010.[14]

Awards and nominations

  • 2008 Billboard Year End Awards: "Hot Adult Contemporary Songs Ranked #1" for "Love Song"
  • 2008 Billboard Year End Awards: "Hot Digital Songs Ranked #6" for "Love Song"
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee: "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for "Love Song"
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee: "Song of The Year" for "Love Song"



Studio albums

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
2004 Careful Confessions
  • Released: January 20, 2004
  • Label: Tiny Bear
  • Format: CD
2007 Little Voice
  • Released: July 3, 2007
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD
7 9 24 26 49 34 31 48 45 37 45 52

Live albums

  • The First One (2003)[16][17]
  • The Summer Sessions (2003)[17][18]
  • Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore (2008)

Some songs also included on:

  • CC Careful Confessions (2004)
  • LV Little Voice (2007)
  • LF Live at the Fillmore (2008)


  • Live Session EP (iTunes exclusive) (2007)
  • Unplugged on VH1 (2008)
  • Live from the Gravity Tour (free limited edition download) (2009)


Year Single Peak positions Certifications Album
US Hot 100[19] US Digital Pop 100 UK SPA AU IT CA[20] NZ NL DE
2007 "Love Song" 4 2 1 4 11 4 7 1 7 5 13 *RIAA (US): 3× platinum[15] Little Voice
2008 "The River" single only
"Bottle It Up" 107 15 92 33 Little Voice
"Winter Song" (with Ingrid Michaelson) The Hotel Café presents 'Winter Songs'
2009 "Gravity" 100 Little Voice
"Come Home" (with OneRepublic) 80 48 single only


  1. ^ a b c Lymangrover, Jason (2007). "Sara Barilles > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved November 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sara Bareilles Little Voice (2-CD Set) CD" review on CD Universe. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Stevenson, Jane (February 27, 2009). "The Church Of The Redeemer, Toronto - February 27, 2009". Jam!. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b biography
  5. ^ Poder, Mindy (July 23, 2007). "Little voice, big success". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "RARB Review of Awaken a cappella: Dysfunktional Family Album". RARB. 2003-12-26. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Sara Bareilles". Epic Records. February 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "T.I. Is Top Dog Again On Billboard 200". 
  10. ^ "Johnson's 'Static' Prevails Again On Album Chart". Billboard. February 27, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
  11. ^ Maroon 5 Official fan club
  12. ^ Prince, David J. (September 17, 2009). "Sara Bareilles Working With Questlove On New Album". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2009. 
  13. ^ Sara Bareilles Official Site
  14. ^ Rolling Stone Issue 1100 Pg. 35
  15. ^ a b "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - Sara Bareilles". RIAA. Retrieved November 28, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Sara B music: Buy". Archived from the original on 2003-04-18. 
  17. ^ a b "Sara B music: Buy". Archived from the original on 2005-03-05. 
  18. ^ "Sara B music: Buy". Archived from the original on 2003-10-27. 
  19. ^ "Sara Bareilles > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Sara Bareilles - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2009. 

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Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles playing music in Amsterdam in 2008
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop
Years active 2003—present
Labels Epic Records

Sara Bareilles (pronounced /bəˈrɛlɪs/) (born December 7, 1979) is an American singer/songwriter who is most famous for her song "Love Song" (2007). "Love Song" comes from her first important album, Little Voice (2007). "Bottle It Up" (2008) is Bareilles' second single, which also comes from Little Voice. Although Little Voice is her first popular album, Bareilles released the album Careful Confessions in 2004. It is technically her very first album, although it wasn't popular like Little Voice. Sara sings in the contralto range.



Bareilles was born in Eureka, California on December 7, 1979. Eureka is located near San Francisco.

Careful Confessions: Minor Success (2004)

When Careful Confessions was released, Bareilles still performed at small concerts, and did not get national recognition. However, she made a music video for her song "Fairytale" in 2005.

Little Voice: Breakthrough Point (2007)

Little Voice was released July 3, 2007. That summer, iTunes released "Love Song" as a free single of the week. It quickly became popular and gained a lot of airplay.


  • Careful Confessions (2004)
  • Little Voice (2007)


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