Wow, that was fast! Just two weeks ago, Sara Bareilles revealed that she was recording her new concept album, using the songs that appear in her TV series, Little Voice. Now, in a new interview with Ashley C. Ford at TIME, Sara let slip that she’s already done recording the album! It’s currently in the mixing and mastering phase, which means we could get the album even sooner than we realized. Fall 2020 album, anyone?
Early in the interview, Sara’s asked what she’s been listening to lately. Sara responds:
What I’m listening to right now is actually a lot of the material from Little Voice, because we’ve launched the cast album and we just made my concept record, so I’m doing a lot of reviews of the mixes, and making tweaks and changes to that. So, very self-involved, from an auditory standpoint.
Watch the full TIME interview below; Sara talks about the new album about 50 seconds into it:
More About Sara’s Little Voice Songs
In several recent interviews, Sara has explained that the songs used in Little Voice were all written or co-written by her. (She worked with collaborators Justin Tranter, Lori McKenna, and Jack Antonoff.) Many are older songs that simply never got used on any of her past albums. “Little Voice” and “Simple And True” are both examples of songs from her own back catalogue. However, Sara also wrote some new songs specifically for the series, such as one called “Ghost Light.”
The first seven episodes are out now, and they’ve come with nine songs so far. We would expect all of those to appear on Sara’s concept album. A partial tracklisting may look something like this:
- Little Voice
- I Don’t Know Anything
- Coming Back To You
- Dear Hope
- King Of The Lost Boys
- More Love
- Tell Her
- Simple And True
- Ghost Light
There will also likely be at least one or two more songs.
While we await Sara’s concept album, be sure to enjoy the latest Little Voice cast album out now:
You can also listen to Sara’s recording of “Little Voice” now:
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 is available exclusively on Apple TV+, and first season will feature 10 episodes.
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.
The first seven episodes of Little Voice are available now. We’ve watched them all and are truly loving the show! We can’t wait for next week’s episode! Each Friday, one more episode will be made available until the season finishes in late August.
Girls5eva Acting Role
Little Voice isn’t the only TV series Sara’s a part of! While she composes the music and serves as an executive producer there, Sara’s moving into acting in another TV series. Earlier this week, it was announced that Sara will star in a new comedy series called Girls5eva, coming to Peacock in the next year or two.
In the show, Girls5eva is a retired ’90s girl group who had only one hit in their short career. Now, over two decades later, a popular young rapper sampled their song, and the girl group reunites to give their pop star dreams another chance. Sara will star as Dawn, one of the Girls5eva members, who’s now managing her family’s Italian restaurant in Queens. She’s reluctant to get the group back together, but it may be exactly what she needs right now.
We never saw this move coming, but we’re excited to see Girls5eva! Sara has continued to prove how talented and capable she is. From pop music to books, from musicals to TV production, she continues to shine. We’re sure her acting will be nothing short of spectacular. It’s unclear when Girls5eva will premiere, but we’ll keep you posted.
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.
Upcoming Concept Album
We can’t wait to hear Sara’s Little Voice concept album! We’re thrilled that she’s already done recording it and has moved on to the mixing and mastering phase. At this rate, we could very well have this album playing in our ears before 2020 is over! For now, 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, enjoy Sara’s new Apple TV+ series; the first seven episodes are out now. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.