Thirteen years ago, Sara Bareilles released her major label debut with Little Voice, an album featuring beloved singles like “Love Song” and “Gravity.” But absent was the title track that gave the album its name. Though Sara performed the song live over the years, it never got an official release. (A demo recording of the song, however, did leak online a decade ago.) Fast forward to 2018, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Sara Bareilles would be involved with a new TV series called Little Voice. Now, with the series premiering on Apple TV+ next month, “Little Voice” finally gets its dues as the theme song.
Today, a new studio recording of “Little Voice” is available for all fans to hear. In contrast to the guitar-driven demo, this version is centered on chiming piano. Sara’s vocals are tender and angelic, and yet she also emotes strength and confidence. This recording is fairly short – only 2:25 – and it loses the bridge that filled out earlier versions. Even so, it’s a gorgeous song and we’re glad to finally have an official release of it.
Listen the the long-awaited studio recording of “Little Voice” below:
Read the touching story about how “Little Voice” came to be in Sara’s 2019 Instagram post:
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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
Little Voice: TV Series
The new Little Voice show centers on a young songwriter, Bess King, 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 will be available exclusively on Apple TV+, and first season will feature 10 episodes.
Last month, it was reported that Little Voice will premiere on July 10th. One new episode will be available each week. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Little Voice stars Brittany O’Grady (Fox’s Star) as Bess King, a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love, and complicated family issues. The show will also feature original music from Bareilles as it tells a story about finding your authentic voice and the courage to use it.
Be sure to watch Little Voice starting July 10th!
Amidst The Chaos
In April last year, Sara made her big comeback to (pop) music with the release of her album, Amidst The Chaos. It launched the singles “Armor” and “Fire,” plus promo singles “No Such Thing” and “Saint Honesty.” Though, truth be told, some of our favorite songs weren’t even singles. Check out our track-by-track review of the stellar album and be sure to listen to it (and maybe all of Sara’s albums… we’re feeling nostalgic!).
Last August, Sara Bareilles released a new EP, What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress. It followed Sara’s 2015 album, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which featured songs she wrote for the hugely popular Broadway musical, Waitress. The EP features 6 songs that didn’t make it into the musical, plus Sara’s show-stopping ballad, “She Used To Be Mine.”
In November, five old Sara demos leaked online. She recorded them in the 2000s with Ryan Dusick, formerly of Maroon 5. Earlier this year, Sara also appeared on lovely acoustic version of “Teach You” with Emily King.
Enjoy the new “Little Voice” single – it’s so great to have this after all these years! You may want to revisit Sara’s 2007 album, too: Little Voice still holds up. And of course get ready to watch Sara’s new Apple TV+ series, launching in one month. It will feature original music written by Sara, so we may be getting more recordings this summer. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.