- Sara Bareilles discussed on “The Tonight Show” on Friday how her song “Brave” became an LGBTQ+ anthem.
- She said it’s “the dream” as a singer-songwriter to let a song “take on a life of its own.”
- The singer also shared how she got involved in the Peacock music comedy “Girls5eva”.
Sara Bareilles discussed how her 2013 song “Brave” became an anthem for the LGBTQ+ community in an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Friday.
The singer-songwriter, who currently stars in the Peacock musical comedy “Girls5eva,” spoke to Fallon about the song’s origins.
“It’s like the dream, as a songwriter, to let a song take on a life of its own,” she said. “I wrote it as a love letter to a dear friend of mine who was struggling with coming out, and over the years the song has taken on a life of its own and has been embraced by all kinds of communities, especially the LGBTQ+ community.
Bareilles shared that she has many stories and letters from people telling her that “Brave” was part of their coming out story, adding that the long-term response to the song is “so meaningful.”
Billboard also included “Brave” in its roundup of the best LGBTQ+ anthems of all time, with the tune debuting at number 51 on the list.
Bareilles also shared how she got involved in the Peacock comedy “Girls5eva,” which follows a one-hit wonder girl group from the 1990s trying to reunite. She noted that she had never met Tina Fey, the show’s executive producer, before joining the cast — the closest she ever got was standing next to Fey in line for the bathroom at a charity.
“I didn’t have the cojones to say anything at the time,” she said. “But I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m standing next to Tina Fey.'”
Bareilles told Fallon that Fey later saw her perform in “Waitress,” the musical Bareilles wrote and starred in briefly, according to Playbill, and arranged a meeting. She said she wasn’t “dainty, cool or sophisticated” at all during her first chat with Fey and showmaker Meredith Scardino, but gained confidence after her boyfriend told her to trust Fey’s vision.
“I struggled with insecurities about to take on the challenge of it, and really out of my depth,” she said of her lack of television experience. And he said, ‘If Tina Fey believes you can do this, why don’t you just trust her? If you can’t find it in yourself, just trust that one of your heroes won’t put you in a position to fail.’ And that was really good advice.”
Girls5eva also stars Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell. Seasons one and two are now streaming on Peacock.