It’s been a long time coming, but finally the day has come: Sara Bareilles just announced her first studio album in six years! Titled Amidst The Chaos, the album will be available for pre-order this Friday. It comes out on April 5th! Check out the fierce album artwork below:
Sara released “Armor” as the lead single last fall, and shared its music video last week. She already filmed a video for the next single, “Fire,” so look forward to hearing that song very soon. Amidst The Chaos is due out on April 5th.
In a Twitter Q&A today, Sara revealed that the album will include 12 songs. Its title comes from a song called “Orpheus,” in which she sings, “Don’t stop trying to find me here amidst the chaos…” There will also be at least one collaboration on the record… who could it be?
Amidst The Chaos 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 six years.
Sara’s last standard 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. It started in 2015, when Sara released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. That year also launched Sara’s career in musicals.
Sara composed all the songs for a musical called Waitress, which 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. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again in 2018 – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She played Jenna for a third time in the last month, and just finished her earlier this month.
In other musical theater news, Sara also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s adaption of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, composed a song for the SpongeBob Square Pants musical, and co-hosted the Tonys last June. In October, Sara shared a cover of “Theodosia Reprise” for October’s “Hamildrop,” and in November her cover of “Tightrope” appeared on the new compilation album, The Greatest Showman – Reimagined.
More in line with her standard pop career, Sara 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. Last September, Sara teamed up with Common on a new song called “The Train,” in the indie film All About Nina. Sara is also currently composing music for a new dramedy series called Little Voice (loosely based on Sara’s own life, and indeed a reference to her major label debut). Sara also just received a prestigious award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is a hard woman to keep up with!
Amongst the whirlwind of activity, fans have patiently awaited a new record. At this point, we won’t have to wait much longer! We’re loving the new music video for “Armor”! The next single, “Fire” – and its already-filmed music video – will likely drop soon, too. With a pre-order coming in just two days, Amidst The Chaos is expected out on April 5th. Catch up on all we know about the new record so far while we wait.
Let us know what you think of Sara’s new album title and its cover art! We expect some more goodies this Friday along with its pre-order, so stay tuned! Get ready to hear Amidst The Chaos in full on April 5th! Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.