LOVE Song pop star Sara Bareilles has fallen for Sheffield and vowed to return after courting an invitation-only audience at the city’s Winter Garden - watch video, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
The American singer songwriter performed her Grammy nominated global smash hit Love Song and tracks from new album Kaleidoscope Heart at the latest Real Radio Intimate Performance concert, in association with Sheffield Council.
Lucky Star competition winners were among those to get their hands on money-can’t-buy tickets to see the show, featuring a live version of next single King of Anything, which is also up for a Grammy this month.
For those who couldn’t get a ticket - or those lucky enough to have been there and wanting to relive the magic - The Star has been given exclusive permission to be the first to screen a video of her performance.
VIDEO: Press the play button now to watch Sara Bareilles’ sing Love Song. Or click on the link in the column on the right to watch it via YouTube - which can also be played on the iPhone.
Sara, aged 31, making her first appearance in the UK for years, said: “I love it here. I absolutely hope to come back and perform.
“Right now plans are just to support the Maroon 5 tour. But one of my big goals is to come and spend an extended time in Europe and get to do my own headlining tour.
“I’m planning lots of stuff. I’m just about to release a new music video. The latest album, for me, has a lot of depth and there’s some potential collaborations happening and definitely more songs from this record.”
The versatile star, famed for her slightly edgy, stompy piano-based pop rock, is in the mould of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and even Billy Joel.
She entertained at the piano, accompanied by a guitarist and an unforgettable percussionist - who tapped and brushed the beat on an amplified box, which doubled as his seat...doing for drums what Seasick Steve has done for the blues guitar.
Highlights of the 45-minute set also included a cover of Coldplay’s Yellow and Beyonce’s Single Ladies.
She told The Star: “Love Song was a really magical, special moment in time. It was the underdog song, written in about an hour and totally based out of frustration with my record label. I was feeling pressured about writing a certain type of song and I really didn’t know how to do that. So I wrote the anti-love song. And, for some reason, it just worked.”
Kaleidoscope Heart was released last autumn in the USA where it debuted at number one, selling 90,000 copies. Her previous album Little Voice re-entered the charts at number 200 in the same week, bookending the charts.
She is now touring the US and Europe with Maroon 5, with most of the shows being sold out. She will also be opening select shows for country music duo Sugarland on their Incredible Machine Tour.
Steve South, managing director for Real Radio Yorkshire, said more Intimate Performances are planned at the Winter Garden as the station celebrates its highest audience figures for two years.
The station’s reach rose by 24,000 to 317,000 adults a week. Real Radio Breakfast with Dixie and Gayle was particularly popular, increasing its audience by 15% during the last quarter, while the number of 25-54 year olds tuning in across the week is up by almost a fifth.
Real Radio recorded 3.2 million hours of listening – an increase of over 800,000 hours and a three-year high. Total listening is up by over a third on the quarter.
Steve said: “We are delighted Real Radio is attracting more listeners. We have an amazing team and our day and night line-up makes an exceptionally entertaining listen.”
* MORE VIDEO: Watch our full video chat with Sara Bareilles and Real Radio’s Steve South on The Star’s YouTube Channel - click the link in the column on the right.