Sara Bareilles is showing a stronger side of herself on her upcoming summer release. The full-length follow-up to 2010’s Kaleidoscope Heart, which was recorded in Los Angeles and New York, was inspired by her own life and addresses some of the demons she was battling with last year.
“I have never felt more open and more raw in my entire life,” Bareilles said in a statement. “2012 was a year of deconstruction for me personally. I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed.”
Bareilles gives these monsters a new life on songs like “Brave,” the first single from the album, which drops April 23.
Although Bareilles didn’t go into detail of what her new music will sound like, she promises it will continue where last year’s more mature five-song EP, Once Upon Another Time, left off. But for fans looking for additional hints of what they can expect with this new one, Bareilles posted a short 22-second video on her website. In it she’s banging on the drums, twinkling the keys, fiddling with a few sound effects and singing her heart out in the studio.
Before the release of the as yet untitled album this summer, Bareilles plans to hit the road all by herself. And the singer admits, she might need a cold, hard drink or two to get through the harrowing experience.
“The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I’ve come to experience in recent months and I’m going to celebrate that with the next most terrifying thing I can do…go back on the road…totally alone,” she said. “Just me. And my piano. And maybe a guitar. And some whiskey. And some jokes. And my songs. I’m excited to share this next stage of my career with each and every one of my fans.”
Bareilles kicks off her 18-city “Brave Enough” tour on April 25 in Washington, D.C. before making stops in New York, Chicago and Boston.
Find out when Bareilles is coming to your town below.
4/25 Washington DC- 9:30 Club
4/27 New Haven, CT- Toad’s Place
4/28 Boston, MA- Tsai Performance Center
4/29 Toronto, ON- Phoenix Concert Theater
4/30 Philadelphia, PA- Union Transfer
5/2 Chicago, IL- Park West
5/3 Milwaukee, WI- Pabst Theater
5/4 Minneapolis, MN- Cedar Cultural Center
5/6 Englewood, CO- Gothic Theater
5/9 Vancouver, BC- Rio Theater
5/10 Portland, OR- Roseland Theater
5/11 Seattle, WA- Showbox @ The Market
5/13 San Francisco, CA- Slim’s
5/14 Los Angeles, CA- El Rey
5/17 Austin, TX- Parish
5/20 Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse
5/21 Charlotte, NC- Booth Playhouse
5/23 New York, NY- Highline Ballroom