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.
Its new music video highlights these themes. “Armor” starts with Sara serenely playing her piano against an intense red background. Eventually, that background offers glimpses into the Women’s Marches that have swept America in the last few years. Cut to scenes with Sara dancing with a group of women, the choreography showing struggles but also strength in building each other up. The “Armor” video is simple but effective, its vintage look belying the urgency of its message today.
Watch the video for “Armor” below:
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“Armor” will appear on Sara Bareilles’s upcoming 5th album, due out this spring. We don’t yet have many concrete details on the record, but we do know “Fire” will serves as single #2. 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 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 run yesterday. It sure didn’t take Sara long to get back to her own pop music!
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. The album is expected sometime this spring, and Sara’s full attention will be on it in the coming months. Catch up on all we know about the new record so far while we wait.
Enjoy the new video for “Armor,” and get ready for the second single in the coming weeks. We expect that we’ll also learn more about Sara’s upcoming album really soon here, too. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.