Eureka, California native Sara Bareilles began her journey with a slot in the iTunes Music Store’s “Free Single of the Week,” where “Love Song” found a home. The track stayed around iTunes for months. In February, perhaps in light of Valentine’s Day, it catapulted into the store’s top five single downloads. At the same time, Bareilles was touring, making stops at indie venues and playing with musicians like Rachel Yamagata and David Ford, her current tour mates on a mostly sold-out, cross-country schedule. Often compared to Norah Jones and Fiona Apple, Bareilles is wittier than both and considerably less bitter than Apple. Her piano-based pop songs are accessible, yet complex and sophisticated.
Bareilles is uncharacteristically personable and at ease with her audience. Her Web site runs an autobiography
of her career, cataloguing the ins and outs of producing an album, gathering old demos and perfecting new material, and reconciling a long, hard fight for exposure with sudden fame. Bareilles is modest and sometimes self-deprecating. But there is a highly intelligent and determined “little voice” behind her diffidence, and Bareilles’s account of her life here is as candid and ornate as her lyrics on “Little Voice.” Learn more about this original singer from her site, which also has live videos, music videos, tour information and a tour journal.