It appears Sara Bareilles has something on her mind these days, much like the rest of us, who have witnessed the steady uptick in things like bullying, the eternal fight for civil rights, mass shootings, and an overall increase in mean-spirited people walking our streets daily. Her experiences created the anthemic lead single, “Brave,” which was co-written with Jack Antonoff of fun. The song is a bit of an ode to the under-dogs in the world, encouraging them not to sit idly and watch others pass them by in fear of speaking up.
Directed by Lindsey Brynes (Tegan and Sara), the lyric video features young girls of varying ages playing music instruments in the background as the lyrics are projected across the screen. In an email sent to her fans, Bareilles said of the song:
Written in a tiny studio in the middle of Times Square New York with the help of my dear friend Jack Antonoff, the first song off of my new record is finally revealed. It’s called Brave, and I am desperately trying to practice what I preach these days. I am beyond proud of this song and it’s message and it is with butterflies in my stomach and a lump in my throat that I set it free. Hope you enjoy.
In a secondary video, the singer-songwriter went on to share the official album title, The Blessed Unrest (July 2013), of course having some fun with her writer’s block when it came to selecting the title. Ultimately, the title inspired by a quote dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.
Watch the lyric video for “Brave” by Sara Bareiless and the official webisode of The Blessed Unrest after the jump.