Sara Bareilles is about to release her first studio album in over five years. It’s been a long time coming – and, truth be told, there have been plenty of side projects to keep fans interested – but the time is nearly here at last. After spending three months in the studio, Sara just finished recording her next album. It is now in the mixing phase, which means it won’t be long before we get to hear some new tunes.
T Bone Burnett served as the producer for the album. He’s best known for his work in rootsy genres – fitting, as Sara previously described her new music as rootsier this time around.
In a new interview with Variety, besides discussing her musical Waitress and the many side projects alluded to above, Sara divulged some enticing details about her forthcoming music. She talked about working with T Bone Burnett on the new music:
That’s been kind of a bucket-list moment for me. I’ve been a fan of [T Bone Burnett] my entire life. We did a lot of live recordings with the [studio] band playing and singing at the same time, which is new for me. The recordings aren’t perfect, but they have soul, and that’s what I was really craving, is to make something that was just honest and imperfect and a truthful representation of where I feel like I am. And T Bone, he’s the dude for that.
In June, Sara announced that her new music would touch on issues within our social and political climate today. At the time, she described her new music as broken, but having heart. In an interview in August, she further explained that it would be a slightly political record. She even said that there are some songs for former president BarrackObama that sound like love songs (plus actual love songs for her boyfriend, Joe Tippett.) Sara explained some of the lyrical themes to Variety:
I think there’s a lot to say right now about the world, so I didn’t shy away from that. One of the things I’ve been struggling with is realizing that the world is chaotic, and we have to just exist in spite of it, because it feels especially chaotic in the last, ohhh, couple years. So I wanted to address political themes. But the thing that moves me the most is to talk about emotional architecture and what it feels like to be alive amid all this.
Variety reports that Sara’s new album will be out early in 2019, with a single potentially coming out this fall! Hear a sneak peek of the new music below:
Sara’s last regular 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. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is a hard woman to keep up with!
It’s great to finally know more about Sara’s upcoming record! It will also be exciting to finally get to hear new Sara Bareilles music – hopefully later this year. Now that it’s finished being recorded and in the mixing phase, it won’t be long before we get to hear the new songs! Catch up on all we know about it so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.