Yesterday Sara Bareilles treated lucky fans to a Google Hangout. She talked about her new musical, Waitress, her new book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song…. and her new album. Between April and May, Sara quickly recorded her next album, the followup to 2013’s The Blessed Unrest. Sara finished the record in only a month, and now we have some more information about it.
At 32:20 in the Google Hangout, Sara mentioned some important details about her next album:
I went into the studio with Neal Avron, who produced ‘Kaleidoscope Heart’ with me, and I decided that my next record couldn’t be anything other than what I’ve been spending the last two years of my life working on, you know, so closely. So before this show is up and out in the world with a cast album, I wanted to take selections of the material from ‘Waitress,’ and sort of interpret them as Sara Bareilles songs, since that’s what they are. But I’m singing about fish and pies, stuff like that. (Laughs.) It was super fun, it was like, all bets were off in terms of how this record came to life. We had so much fun in the studio.
The songs are little vignettes of moments of the story and moments of what the show is going to be about. And my hope for the record is that people get familiar with the music, and then come to see the show, and feel like they’re at a Sara concert in a small way. Because they’ll sort of know the music and be familiar.
So, it’s coming out in November. And I may or may not be wearing a waitress uniform. (Laughs.) But I had so much fun making it, we did it in like a month, it was quick and dirty, it was awesome. I hope that fans love it. It’s sonically very similar to where we were living with ‘Kaleidoscope Heart,’ which feels like a really, just a soulful place for me. I had so much fun with Neal.
We’ll be releasing little album teasers and behind-the-scenes stuff too. So you guys will get lots of info on that.
In addition to describing the new album, Sara also talked at length about her new musical Waitress, which is opening this August in Boston. She’s been working on the musical for over two years now, and the album will be linked with the songs that appear in the show.
Sara also described her new book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. The chapters in the book are connected to different songs from her catalog, including “Gravity,” “Love Song,” and “Beautiful Girl.” Fans will get a more intimate, confessional, honest look at Sara and the stories behind her songs and life so far. Sara will also do a two week book tour in support of Sounds Like Me this October. She will hit Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Chicago. More details will be announced soon.
During the Google Hangout, Sara also mentioned some other fun things, such as her aspirations to act and what kinds of things she likes to do in her free time. Watch the whole video above to hear everything.
There is a lot going on for Sara this year, with the musical, book, and album. Sara’s album will be out in November, and will include songs from Waitress. Hopefully “She Used To Be Mine” will be one of them! And if you liked Kaleidoscope Heart, you can be even more excited to know that the new music will be similar to the soulful sound of that album. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles news – there will be a lot in the coming months!