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Singer Sara Bareilles brings her ‘Kaleidoscope Heart’ to the Knit
by Ashley Allen
Nov 18, 2010 | 645 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo - Sara Bareilles will perform on Wednesday at the Knitting Factory in Reno with several special guests.
Courtesy Photo - Sara Bareilles will perform on Wednesday at the Knitting Factory in Reno with several special guests.
RENO — When Sara Bareilles’ second studio album, “Kaleidoscope Heart,” was released on Sept. 7, it captured the No. 1 spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 — the performer’s highest-charting debut. On Wednesday, Bareilles will perform songs from her new album, as well as old material, at the Knitting Factory.

The American singer-songwriter and pianist is best known for her 2007 triple platinum, hit single “Love Song,” from the album “Little Heart,” which earned Bareilles two Grammy nominations, according to

Three years later, after touring and supporting her first record, Bareilles wrote on her website,, that despite the unforgettable ride of touring, she was completely burnt out from the process.

“I thought that I would use our much-needed time off to just pour myself into writing, but I actually found that I wanted nothing to do with music for a little while,” Bareilles wrote. “As the time passed, I slowly started writing again, and truly amazed myself with just how horrible the songs were. And then the fear set in.”

Bareilles describes what she went through, as do many artists, with a second record: expectations, pressure, the idea that she had already written her best work and there was nothing left. Weeks before she began recording, she only had four songs she really loved and was embarrassed by the rest.

“Thankfully, over a margarita, my good friend Matt said something profound and poetic that made it all come clear,” Bareilles wrote. “He said, ‘You can’t polish a turd. A bad song is a bad song. Ask for more time.’ And so I did.”

Bareilles ended up recording the four songs she loved and was inspired to begin writing again. As she finished writing her album, Bareilles was inspired to write all her tracks around the song “Uncharted,” which she calls the centerpiece of the album.

“My fear of what was to come was keeping me from doing anything,” Bareilles wrote. “And finally, I cared about what I was saying. As homage to the song that freed me, I took the title of the record from its lyrics.”

In an interview with Seventeen Magazine, Bareilles said her album shows her growth as a person.

“This time I took more risks,” Bareilles said in the interview. “And I am a much more confident person now than I was when I went in to record the first record. I’m older than I was, obviously, and I just have so many more experiences under my belt. I wasn’t so scared this time around and I think that the music reflects that.”

Bareilles spent six months in the studio making “Kaleidoscope Heart” with the help of producer Neal Avron, who recorded and mixed the entire album. The first single “King Of Anything” has been performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” twice on “The Today Show” and on “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”

Reno is one of 30 cities on Bareilles’ tour with supporting acts are the indie rock singer-songwriter Cary Brothers and singer-songwriter Holly Conlan.

Tickets range from $20 to $45 and are available at and through The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
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