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Sara Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter known for such hits as "Love Song" and "King of Anything."
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Born on December 7, 1979, in Eureka, California, Sara Bareilles is a singer-songwriter and pianist known for the hit "Love Song," off the album Little Voice (2007). The song sold more than 3 million copies and garnered two Grammy Award nominations for the artist. In 2010, Bareilles released Kaleidoscope Heart, featuring the single "Kind of Anything," for which she received her third Grammy nod. In 2011,
"I grew up a fat girl. I had to change schools at one point because the kids were so mean to me. I still often feel I just don't want anyone to notice anything about me."
"I was just turning in material and having people not like it. It's the first time I'd really collaborated with people and gotten their feedback on my material. So I think I got very stubborn and turned off by the whole idea."
[On making her first major label album, 'Little Voice,' and her first major hit, 'Love Song.']
Bareilles was added as a celebrity judge to the third season of The Sing-Off. She left the show prior to its fourth season, and went on to release projects like Once Upon Another Time (2012) and The Blessed Unrest (2013).
Sara Beth Bareilles was born on December 7, 1979, in Eureka, California, to Paul Bareilles, an insurance adjuster and logger, and his wife, Bonnie. The youngest of three girls, childhood was not always easy for Bareilles. "I grew up a fat girl," she later recalled. "I had to change schools at one point because the kids were so mean to me. I still often feel I just don't want anyone to notice anything about me."
Still, despite a preference to go unnoticed, Bareilles had an unmistakable passion for music and theater. She performed in her school choirs and played Audrey in a high school production of Little Shop of Horrors. Following high school, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in communications. More importantly, she found her singing voice as a member of an a cappella group at the school.
After graduating in 2001, Bareilles, who remained in southern California, set out to pursue her dream of making it as a musician. Over the course of the next three years, she worked the club scene, performing at open-mic nights, landing a few paid gigs and eventually performing at festivals.
In 2003, Sara Bareilles recorded her first demo, Careful Confessions, which eventually got the attention of Epic Records, who signed her to a deal. The company set out to revamp the songs on her debut demo as well as incorporate newer material for her first album, Little Voice (2007).
Ironically, one of the anchors of the album was the hit single "Love Song," a tune that was sparked by the singer's own frustrations with Epic and the record-making process. "I was just turning in material and having people not like it," Bareilles said. "It's the first time I'd really collaborated with people and gotten their feedback on my material. So I think I got very stubborn and turned off by the whole idea."
The song took off, however, and in turn, the album quickly gained momentum with consumers, who loved Bareille's soulful voice and open-book lyrics about love and life. With some heavy promotion from iTunes and Rhapsody, "Love Song" sold more than 3 million copies. Little Voice, meanwhile, became a Top 10 album. The singer-songwriter's success was punctuated that year by two Grammy Award nominations, for song of the year and best female pop vocal performance.
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