Special Section: Automotive As an openly gay man, Fred Hoffman said, "I really didn't know if there would be an issue." And while he wasn't waving rainbow flags when he was recruited by Chrysler in 1988, he was told being gay wasn't a problem.Born on December 7 th 1979, Sara Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter and recording artist who first received global recognition with the release of her hit single “love song” in 2007.Though her ambition in life was pretty clear to become a recording artist, she continued with her studies.In fact, following her high school, she flew to Los Angeles to study communications at UCLA.In the meantime, she’s switched out her entire band in anticipation of a co-headlining tour of amphitheaters in September with One Republic, a bill that may emphasize her desire to find an audience that appreciates pure pop craftsmanship as well as personal musings. Given her longstanding love of musical theater, it’s unlikely she’ll ever rise in protest against the show’s producers and compose a song based around the hook “I’m not gonna write you a show-stopping 11 o’clock number.” The Hollywood Reporter: You’ll be co-headlining in a couple of months with One Republic. My insecurities had gotten the best of me in terms of that.
"I always swore I would never live in New York," Sara Bareilles says with a laugh from her New York apartment. It's ironic -- the thing you think you don't need is the thing you actually need most."Last year, the 33-year-old singer/songwriter decided that the thing she needed was a major personal and professional change in order to record the aptly titled "The Blessed Unrest," the follow-up to 2010's "Kaleidoscope Heart." That album debuted atop the Billboard 200 and has sold 441,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sound Scan.
In 2007, her hit single "Love Song" reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which is a huge achievement for her.
Till now she is nominated five times for a Grammy Award and has earned a nomination for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
It was written as a response to her label telling her she needed to come up with a hit; her musical response, about how she had no intention of conforming, turned out to be just the blockbuster the record company wanted.
But the rebelliousness that bubbled up in “Love Song” didn’t mean that Bareilles brushed off having the hit when she got one, or that she isn’t striving to be radio-friendly in her own fashion Her just-released new album, , is the first of her long-players to break with her signature piano-based sound in a big way, instead favoring up-to-the-moment beats and stylings, even if the underlying sentiments are no less singer-songwriterly than ever.