It's been four years since Sara Bareilles released her last studio album, The Blessed Unrest. It was an impressive album that found her exploring uncharted territory (no pun intended), as she incorporated electronics more than she ever had before. However, she didn't stray too far from the confessional singer-songwriter pop songs that she was known for. Her perfect blend of familiar and new led The Blessed Unrest to be nominated for the Grammys' Album of the Year award.
In 2015, Sara Bareilles composed all the music for a new musical, Waitress, based on a 2007 indie movie of the same name. The musical made it to Broadway in spring 2016, with Jessie Mueller starring as Jenna. In November 2015, Sara released What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, an album made up of some of those songs. She released "She Used To Be Mine" as its single, along with a theater-inspired music video.
That same year, Sara also published her first book, an autobiography called Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. It’s a must-read that gives some insight into Sara's life, from her childhood to her writing her first musical.
Early this year, Sara revealed that her record label is pushing for that followup to The Blessed Unrest, since musical albums don't really count. She stated that her focus was writing new songs. She did take time to star as Jenna in Waitress this spring, but is still aiming to have her fifth studio album out by the end of this year.