Interview: Sara Bareilles Talks Going Solo, Her Gay Anthem and the Power of Beyonce

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Backstage before last night’s (October 23) We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which was thrown by and our L.A. station AMP Radio 97.1 to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition, show performers Sara Bareilles chatted about the power of her recent hit “Brave.”

The song off Bareilles’ latest album, The Blessed Unrest, has become somewhat of a gay anthem and the singer says the track, which she co-wrote with fun.’s Jack Antonoff, came from a really “pure place, a really vulnerable place” and was inspired by her friends who were struggling to come out.

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Bareilles is constantly hearing stories from fans about how the song has empowered them, but there’s one response to the song that truly stands out to her.

“There’s a video that’s kind of gone viral online of a children’s cancer ward in Minnesota,” she said. “The staff put together this video that was very similar to the music video of ‘Brave’ and it’s heart wrenching and gorgeous and beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time…It’s a message I’m so happy to be the voice for.”

Her song has become an anthem for many, but what’s Bareilles’ go-to girl power anthem?

“It might be from Beyoncé,” Bareilles said. “I know she’s not here tonight, but ‘Run the World (Girls)’ is one of those songs for me. You get to put that feeling of empowerment at the center. To have someone singing those words is really cool.”

Go here to watch more videos from the other ladies — Tegan and SaraBonnie McKee, Ellie Goulding and Kacey Musgraves — who performed at last night’s We Can Survive concert.

(Interview by Jillian Mapes,

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