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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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For Bareilles the sudden success, and the work that went into producing it, was a bit daunting at times. "I was so precious about every choice," she said. "I was so guarded, and I don't know that I enjoyed it as much as I could have. There were times where I was so fearful and so anxious about the process: 'Am I doing too much? Am I selling out? Do I look all right?' All those things swirl around in your brain. What I'm here to do is play my music,
and I want to be able to enjoy the process this time."
After two intense years of touring—as well as the release of a concert album, Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore (2008)—Bareilles rewarded her fans in 2010 with her second major label effort, Kaleidoscope Heart, featuring the lead single "Kind of Anything." Like her debut, the album was met with critical success, and "Kind of Anything" went on to garner a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance—Bareilles's third Grammy nomination.
"The singer-songwriter's background in university show choirs serves her well here," wrote one L.A. Times reviewer, "as she finds strength in complex vocal arrangements and the sorts of dramatic set-ups that have reminded us that the very act of raising our voices can be a hugely liberating act."
In 2011, Bareilles was added as a celebrity judge to the third season of The Sing-Off, a popular singing-competition series that began airing on NBC in 2009. Replacing Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Bareilles starred alongside fellow judges Ben Folds and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, and presenter Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. She left the show prior to its fourth season.
Barielles went on to release an EP, Once Upon Another Time, featuring the lead single "Stay," in the spring of 2012. She followed that effort with 2013's The Blessed Unrest, with "Brave" being the album's first-released single.
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