“Sounds Like Me: My Life (so far) in Song” (Simon & Schuster; Oct. 6, 2015), is a candid collection of essays by Sara Bareilles, five-time Grammy nominee. Since she first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single “Love Song,” Bareilles has riveted millions of fans around the world with her intimate voice, songs about heartache and resilience, and the spirited, anything-goes nature of her live performances.
Bareilles, who lives in New York City, will appear in Brooklyn on Oct. 6 in conversation with famed musician Ben Folds. The event, which will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) at 7:30 p.m., will feature a performance by Bareilles, as well as a book signing.
Now, in this confessional book, Bareilles pulls back the curtain on her journey as a songwriter, sharing a wealth of personal stories about the experiences that have shaped her process and personality along the way. True to her voice, the book is filled with humor, refreshing honesty, and a healthy dose of soul-searching. Musician Ben Folds, who wrote the introduction, says, “For me, this book, like her songs, is like having a conversation with the lady herself.”
Each essay in “Sounds Like Me” is anchored by the lyrics to a song of Bareilles’ that helped her build a deeper understanding of who she is as an artist and a person, including “Once Upon Another Time,” “Gravity,” “Love Song,” “Beautiful Girl,” “Red,” “Many the Miles,” “Brave” and “She Used to Be Mine.” The book also includes numerous photos from Bareilles’ personal collection.
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Sara Bareilles is a five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and musician. A self-taught pianist, the Eureka, California native moved to Los Angeles at age 18 and first broke through with her 2007 global No. 1 hit “Love Song.” Her five albums have sold a collective 2.5 million copies and spawned such hits as “King of Anything,” “Uncharted” and “Brave,” the latter from 2013’s Album of the Year Grammy contender “The Blessed Unrest.”