You know singer Sara Bareilles best for her hit song "Love Story," and her newest single "King of Anything" has had mega success as well! J-14 hung out with Sara at the Lilith Fair concert in Holmdel, NJ, where we chatted about her new album, Kaleidoscope Heart (it hit stores last week!), life after "Love Song," and why she loves to channel BeyoncÃ©.
J-14: How is Kaleidoscope Heart different from your self-titled debut album?
Sara Bareilles: It is about change to a certain extent. It's not as much about heartbreak per say as it is about the human experience. I actually tended to write a lot of songs about critics. "Love Song was that way" and "King of Anything" and "Machine Gun" are sort of about that. "King of Anything" is actually a very similar story to "Love Song," which is weird. I felt like I had already finished the record, and I had started to play the songs for people. I was getting feedback on the music creatively and it kind of pissed me off. I was like, "Oh, so you have an opinion about me?" The "Machine Gun" chorus is, "Nobody loved you when you were young." Tongue-in-cheek like, "Who made you so angry?" It was fun. I felt like I tried to stretch myself musically and took some risks. It was good.
J-14: Why did you decide to call the album Kaleidoscope Heart?
Sara: There is a song called "Kaleidoscope Heart," and it explains the title with more depth -- it came from a song called "Uncharted" that ended up being a centerpiece for me. I was having a horrible time with writer's block. I was super anxious. 'I'm never going to write anything again' is what goes through your brain. I got great advice from a friend who was like, "Okay, you are worried about writer's block. Write about that." That song came out of that. It was all about moving into the unknown.
J-14: What has it been like being on the Lillith Fair tour?
Sara: It has been amazing. Generally as a female artist, you have on a lot of tours with men because there are more men in music than women. It's incredibly inspiring to look at women who have had serious, successful careers like the Indigo Girls and Sarah Mclachlan. It's not about hating on dudes - it's about celebrating what is the essence of being a woman. It is really cool to see other women doing it and to learn from that.
J-14: What's your favorite song to perform?
Sara: "Single Ladies" is super fun. It's the only song that I sing where I'm not behind an instrument. It is so different. I loved that song when it came out and I can't even hold a candle to BeyoncÃ©. "King of Anything" is one of the favorites also just because it's different from any song I have ever written in the past. It is more upbeat and you can get the audience to clap. It's very interactive in a way that I think the fans appreciate.
J-14: Have you ever had any crazy fan encounters?
Sara: One we were at a show and a guy in pajama pants showed up and starting asking if we had fire alarms!
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