Sara Beth Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single Love Song, in the third season of NBCs The Sing-Off, Bareilles was a celebrity judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. In February 2012, VH1 placed Bareilles in the 80th spot of the Top 100 Greatest Women in Music and her memoir, Sounds Like Me, My Life in Song, was published in 2015 and was listed by The New York Times as a best-seller. Bareilles was born and raised in Eureka, California in Humboldt County and she has a half-sister named Melody. She is of Italian, English, German, Portuguese, and French descent, she speaks Italian, the groups rendition of Bareilles Gravity was featured on the Best of College a Cappella 2004 compilation CD. Bareilles and the band Maroon 5 have been acquainted since their days in California. She performed in the student concert UCLA Spring Sing, winning twice. Bareilles taught herself to play the piano and, subsequently, all other instruments she has seen playing. After graduating from UCLA in 2002, Bareilles performed at bars and clubs. She issued two demos of mostly live tracks in 2003, The First One in April and The Summer Sessions in October, in 2004, she appeared as a singer in a bar in the indie film Girl Play, performing the song Undertow. In January 2004, Bareilles released her first studio album, Careful Confessions and she then signed a contract with Epic Records on April 15,2005. She spent the remainder of the year, and the months of 2006, writing, composing. In mid-2004 she opened for Rocco DeLuca and the Burden during their headline tour, supported Guster on their first UK tour. She toured as the act in 2006 for Marc Broussards Carencro tour. Bareilless song Gravity appeared briefly in the 2006 independent film Loving Annabelle, in 2007, Bareilles toured as the opening act for Aqualung and Mika, and later that year opened for several shows on both Maroon 5 and Paolo Nutinis U. S. tours. She also opened for James Blunt on his U. S, Tour in association with VH1 You Oughta Know. In June 2007, iTunes featured Bareilless single Love Song as the single of the week. After being featured on a Rhapsody commercial in 2007, Love Song began climbing the pop charts and it entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 27,2007, and peaked at No.4
Bareilles at the Alice Fest, in 2010.
Bareilles's success with Little Voice led her to tour Europe; she is pictured here in her first tour of the Netherlands.
Bareilles at De Melkweg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 16, 2008
Bareilles and her former band during her Kaleidoscope Heart Tour at the Warfield on December 16, 2010. Left to right: Javier Dunn, Bareilles, Philip Krohnengold, Josh Day, and Daniel Rhine.