GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles recently sat for an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and discussed her new album, The Blessed Unrest, and collaborating with Fun.'s Jack Antonoff.
"I was very open-minded about the idea of collaborations," said Bareilles. "I was lucky enough to find the right fits this time around and came away with songs that I felt so connected to and so proud of."
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Bareilles began performing her songs at open mic nights and in 2003 she released her first demo, Careful Confessions. Two years later she landed a contract with Epic Records and released her full-length major label debut, Little Voice, in 2007. The album featured the Top 5 hit "Love Song," which propelled the album to No. 7 on the Billboard 200. "Love Song" subsequently earned Bareilles her first two GRAMMY nominations in 2008 for Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2010 Bareilles issued her sophomore effort, Kaleidoscope Heart, marking her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. She received her third GRAMMY nomination that year for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "King Of Anything."
Released July 16, The Blessed Unrest features 12 tracks, including the lead single "Brave," which Bareilles co-wrote with Antonoff. Bareilles is currently on tour throughout the United States through September, including select dates with OneRepublic.