Bareilles also made an effort to recruit more collaborators for her third album: Along with producers John O'Mahoney and Mark Endert, the singer met with fun.'s Jack Antonoff for a potential co-writing opportunity."I was introduced to Jack through Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara," Bareilles says.‘I’m not gonna write you a love song, ’cause you asked for it, ’cause you need one’ runs the exuberant chorus.‘It was written after they’d heard some of my songs and had made it clear that they weren’t happy with their direction,’ laughs Sara.‘Then they sort of forced me into a low-cut, clingy dress for a TV show and I was just furious. But I had to make them see that I’m not just some throwaway starlet.If others have compared her to Tori Amos, it’s less for her sound than for the way she lays herself bare on spurned-love songs such as ‘Come Round Soon’ and ‘Love on the Rocks’.‘The album is a kind of outpouring,’ says Sara, as candid in conversation as her songs would lead you to expect. I don’t believe in being cryptic and concealing things."I always swore I would never live in New York," Sara Bareilles says with a laugh from her New York apartment. It's ironic -- the thing you think you don't need is the thing you actually need most."Last year, the 33-year-old singer/songwriter decided that the thing she needed was a major personal and professional change in order to record the aptly titled "The Blessed Unrest," the follow-up to 2010's "Kaleidoscope Heart." That album debuted atop the Billboard 200 and has sold 441,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sound Scan.
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The first day we sat down together was the day we wrote 'Brave.'"Released to digital retailers as the lead single on April 23, "Brave" has sold 160,000 downloads and peaked at No. But those songs each took several months to bloom into ubiquitous hits, and the strategy will remain the same for "Brave," which has been pushed to adult radio and will be crossed over to pop in the weeks prior to "The Blessed Unrest's" release.
I like to put it all out there.’Not that this makes the dark-eyed, statuesque Sara a pushover, as anyone who’s listened to the lyrics of ‘Love Song’ will agree.
It’s a blast of defiance against her record company and its desire to mould her into a more Kelly Clarkson-esque pop-princess clone.