Last fall, Sara Bareilles promised her fans a new album in 2018. At the time, she had a number of “pretty slick songs” ready. Now we have a bit more news on the forthcoming album. The Washington Post caught up with her to talk about her upcoming role co-hosting the Tony Awards with Josh Groban next month. As they report:
[Sara is] ready to write more songs and get back to the studio, which is what she’ll do after the Tonys. She’s feeling more focused now than five years ago, when the write-record-tour cycle burned her out. The new album has no shape yet, but Bareilles figures she’ll trust her habit of looking inside.
The good news is that Sara is planning to focus on her next album starting in June. The worrying news is that it has “no shape yet,” which means a 2018 release may be difficult. “Slick” songs notwithstanding, how long will Sara take to record the new music? It’s already been five years since we got her last regular album, The Blessed Unrest. We’re trying to be patient… but we’re just so ready for her next album!
Though it’s been half a decade already, Sara has certainly kept busy with other projects. Indeed, the last five years since The Blessed Unrest have been a whirlwind of activity. It started with a musical called Waitress, for which Sara composed all the songs. It debuted in Boston in summer 2015. That November, a selection of those new songs appeared on Sara’s themed album, What’s Insides: Songs From Waitress. That fall Sara also released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song.
Things didn’t slow down there. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again earlier this year – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s adaption of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, composed a song for the SpongeBob Square Pants musical, wrote a song called “Seriously” in light of the 2016 presidential election, and released “If I Dare,” a song she composed for the 2017 film, Battle Of The Sexes. And, of course, now she’s hosting the Tonys. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is hard woman to keep up with!
We’re glad to know Sara’s plans to get back in the studio. It will be exciting to finally get a new Sara Bareilles album – hopefully later this year! Catch up on all we know about it so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.