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Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Sara Bareilles!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
a photograph of Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles was born on December 4, 1979.

Bareilles is a singer-songwriter whose first album, Careful Confessions (streaming), was released in 2004. Her commercial breakthrough came in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song," from the album Little Voice (streaming, CD). "Love Song" was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year.

The 2013 single "Brave," from Bareilles's album The Blessed Unrest (streaming, CD), generated some minor controversy. A few months after the album was released, Katy Perry's "Roar" became a hit. Some of Bareilles's fans thought that "Roar" was a plagiarism of "Brave." Both songs were determined, upbeat anthems about the importance of confidence and taking risks, with a broadly similar musical style. Bareilles downplayed the controversy, saying that she and Perry were friends and, "if I'm not mad, I don't know why anybody else is upset."

Bareilles ventured into new fields in 2015, publishing a memoir, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song (e-book, e-audio, print), and writing songs for a stage musical adaptation of the 2007 film Waitress. The musical opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in August 2015, and on Broadway in April 2016. The musical was nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and Best Original Score for Bareilles's songs. Bareilles reworked the musical's songs "to sound like Sara Bareilles songs" for her own album What's Inside (streaming, CD); a recording of the Broadway cast (streaming, CD) was also released.

In addition to the albums linked above, more of Sara Bareilles's music is available for streaming or download at Freegal.