Sara Bareilles was born and raised in Eureka, California.
She was raised a Catholic, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any sort of statement of devotion. She does, however, seem to retain some of that classic Catholic guilt. When she had a performance at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto, Canada, she lamented the inappropriateness of her attire, saying:
I’m in church and I’m wearing stripper shoes – I’m going to hell. I’m hearing my shoes clicking on the altar.
All signs point to Bareilles being none too religious. Not only has she managed to avoid discussing matters of faith with the press thus far, many speculate that her hit song, “King of Anything,” is basically a diatribe about how annoying religious evangelists are to her. She sings:
You’ve got opinions, man/We’re all entitled to 'em, but I never asked/So let me thank you for your time, and try not to waste anymore of mine/And get out of here fast.
These lyrics could be interpreted a number of ways in this frame: perhaps she’s nonreligious and doesn’t want to hear it, or maybe she is religious and just isn’t interested in opposing viewpoints.
Still, this mostly amounts to speculation and sadly, her true religious feelings remain a mystery. Keep us posted if you hear anything, readers.
Barielles moves in high political circles. She’s performed at the G-20 Summit in 2009. That’s one of those meetings that anarchists, socialist and progressive liberals protest regularly–so take whatever meaning you want from that. She performed at Obama’s White House during the 2010 Easter Egg role as well.
Most recently, when Obama was fighting a bitter battle for the state of Nevada in 2012, Barielles helped him out by performing at a rally for the president in Las Vegas.
Barielles’ favorite cause–at least of the controversial variety–seems to be gay rights. She appeared in a star-studded PSA, imploring President Obama to publicly support the institution of gay marriage. Well, he did.