Singer Sara Bareillis Adds Author to Her Résumé

by Caitlin White

Five-time Grammy nominated singer Sara Barellies is used to telling her life story through song. But she will switch it up this year by publishing Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song , Bareilles' collection of personal essays, coming October 6. The "Brave" singer will detail the "highs and lows" of her career in music, particularly by telling the stories behind her most popular songs. Which probably means readers will hear about whether Katy Perry stole her hook on "Roar."

In Entertainment Weekly's cover reveal, Barelleis spoke out about delving into her life story with a computer rather than her voice:

It feels infinitely more vulnerable to speak about my life without the metaphor and mask of music or my singing voice. I tried to be candid. I tried to remember things in an unbiased way. I tried to be at least a little funny…. Sounds Like Me is a collection of stories about my own self-discovery. Each essay is anchored by a song that helped me build a deeper understanding of who I am as an artist and person.

Also take note that the awesome Ben Folds, who was her co-judge in NBC's The Sing-off, has written Sounds Like Me's introduction, saying: “For me, this book, like her songs, is having a conversation with the lady herself.”

You probably remember Barelleis for the ear worm that was her first hit, "Love Song" (and I now apologize for putting it back in your head), the melancholy "Gravity," upbeat anthem "King of Anything," and of course, most recently "Brave," another infectious song that will officially be in your head, too.

Until October 6, however, fans can just do themselves a favor and listen to her absolutely murder (in a great way) Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay."