When Little Voice was released in 2007, it was technically [lastfm]Sara Bareilles[/lastfm]‘ second album. But at that point she was still an unknown singer from California, struggling to make it in the music business. Then along came a tune called “Love Song,” and Bareilles life was transformed.
This week she’s back with a brand new album called Kaleidoscope Heart, featuring her new hit single “King of Anything.” Read on to hear Sara’s story about overcoming crippling writer’s block, and fears of a sophomore slump, to end up recording an album she’s immensely proud of.
Recently Bareilles posted a very candid message on her MySpace page, explaining the pains she went through when sitting down to write the songs for Kaleidoscope Heart. After three years out on the road, touring in support of Little Voice, she was beyond burnt out. She describes the experience as a roller coaster ride, saying “like any good rollercoaster, it’s exhilarating but you still feel a little bit sick at the end and are happy to have your feet on the ground again.”
Her creativity was sapped, and she had difficulty diving into the writing process, even though her record label was expecting a new album for 2010. Says Bareilles, “I think I fell victim to what a lot of artists go through with a second record: the expectations, the pressure, the anxiety of what’s to come, the idea that maybe I’ve already written my best work…“