Two days ago, Sara Bareilles made a big announcement: Her upcoming album’s first single, “Armor,” was just about to be released. Today, fans get to hear the song in full! It’s an instant smash that you need to hear right now. In fact, in a new Instagram story, Sara described “Armor” as the centerpiece of her upcoming 5th album, out early next year.
Set against a defiant, low piano groove, “Armor” is an empowering song about how your sisters and friends give you strength. In the caustic social and political climate we face today, we must make each other stronger. Sara dives into the story of Adam and Eve, asking, “How the hell did Eve end up with all the damn blame?” Another golden line: “Only the little boys tell you they’re a big man.” Women don’t deserve all the repercussions; let men take responsibility for their actions, too. “Armor” is at once a political song and one about the bond we share in lifting each other up.
The lyric video amplifies this message. With a diverse group of girls and women, each holding up signs displaying the song’s lines, the “Armor” lyric video highlights all our sisters, moms, and best friends and the power they inspire in us. We give each other our armor and our will to keep trying.
Watch the lyric video for “Armor” below:
Along with the single’s release, Sara shared the following messages about “Armor”:
This song was not intended to be released until next year, but it felt increasingly like it wants to belong to this moment in time. So excited to share this special song that is so near and dear to my heart. https://t.co/rRve204pb7
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) October 26, 2018
You can download “Armor” on iTunes or stream it on Spotify now. Check out all the other places you can hear “Armor” right here.
“Armor is the first single from Sara’s upcoming 5th album, out early in 2019. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett. Fittingly, the new music has a rootsy sound and will touch on politics, Obama, and love (for Obama, but also for Sara’s boyfriend, Joe Tippett). The imminent album will be Sara’s first in over five years.
Sara’s last studio album, The Blessed Unrest, came out in July 2013. Though it’s been half a decade already, Sara has certainly kept busy with other projects. Indeed, the last five years since then have been a whirlwind of activity. It started with a musical called Waitress, for which Sara composed all the songs. It debuted in Boston in summer 2015. That November, a selection of those new songs appeared on Sara’s themed album, What’s Insides: Songs From Waitress. That fall Sara also released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song.
Things didn’t slow down there. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again earlier this year – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s adaption of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, composed a song for the SpongeBob Square Pants musical, wrote a song called “Seriously” in light of the 2016 presidential election, and released “If I Dare,” a song she composed for the 2017 film, Battle Of The Sexes. She hosted the Tonys in June, is composing music for a new dramedy series called Little Voice (a reference to her major label debut?), and just received a prestigious award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Most recently, Sara teamed up with Common on a new song called “The Train,” in the indie film All About Nina. And next month, we’ll hear her take on “Tightrope” from the upcoming compilation, The Greatest Showman – Reimagined. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is a hard woman to keep up with!
It’s so exciting to finally have our first new song from the upcoming record! “Armor” is stunning, and will surely be on repeat for the next few months. Sara promises a full album in 2019, too, so get ready for that. Catch up on all we know about it so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.