Last June, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Sara Bareilles would be involved with a new TV series called Little Voice. For fans of the singer, that title was probably more than a little familiar: Little Voice is the name of Sara’s major label debut album, the one that gave us the likes of “Love Song” and “Gravity.” Although the album’s title track didn’t make the cut, it did make it to a new TV project. Today, after introducing the show with JJ Abrams during the Apple Event, Sara graced her audience with a live performance of “Little Voice.”
Listen to Sara’s description of Little Voice and performance of the titular theme song below:
This isn’t the first live performance we’ve heard of “Little Voice” – Sara actually wrote the song in the mid-2000s and performed it back in 2007. The song gave her major label debut album its title, but the song was never officially released. A demo recording of the song leaked a decade ago, and Sara’s new live performance of “Little Voice” matches that original sound.
Sara shared an in-depth description of where “Little Voice” originated 15 years ago and how it fits within the new TV series:
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I wrote the seeds of this song when I was 24 and a fledgling singer songwriter. I felt like it said everything I had to say as a new artist and it made me feel like me. I was told that it couldn’t be included on my first record because it wasn’t a strong enough song. So I called my first record “Little Voice” to honor it and tether myself to the sentiment: That my little voice was with me wherever I went, even if it was a whisper. Here I am 15 years later and ten thousand lessons later and it turns out the song WAS strong enough…Strong enough to whisper to me all these years and knock on the door again and accompany a new story of a new songwriter and how she will find HER voice. Here I am premiering the theme song for the new @apple tv show that we are making with @jjabramsofficial at the #appleevent this morning. Sometimes the long walks are worth it. It’s just my little voice that I’ve been missing… #littlevoice
The new Little Voice show centers on a young songwriter navigating New York City and trying to find her own voice. The plot loosely resembles Sara’s own start in the music business, and it’s fitting that the TV show’s theme song also serves as its title track. The half-hour dramedy series, coming this fall, will be available exclusively on Apple TV. The first season will feature 10 episodes.
Little Voice isn’t the only thing happening in the Sara Bareilles world this year! Six years after releasing her last standard album, The Blessed Unrest, Sara is back with a new record in just one week. On April 5th, Sara will release her new album, Amidst The Chaos. We’ve already heard four songs from the album: singles “Armor” and “Fire,” plus promo singles “No Such Thing” and “Saint Honesty.” You can pre-order Amidst The Chaos and get instant downloads of all four singles now.
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 earlier this year, and just finished her run early last month. And that’s just some of what Sara was up to over the years!
Enjoy the new live performance of “Little Voice,” and get ready for the TV series later this year. In the meantime, look out for Sara’s new album, Amidst The Chaos, out April 5th. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.