Dressed in a cute white top paired with a short skirt, Sara Bareilles looked beautiful as she walked into INK Club Bar at Fairmont Hotel, waving enthusiastically while greeting us. In town for a one night concert only on May 11, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter was here to promote her newest album, Kaleidoscope Heart.
Speaking of the welcome she’s received, she enthuses, "It was amazing. By far the warmest welcome I’ve ever received coming to a new place. Not only did I meet 2 adorable fans waiting at the airport, the hotel here has just been absolutely amazing.”
Our special brand of hospitality made Sara feel “really special and welcome”, and she can’t wait to come back to Singapore – this time with her family in tow. “I wanna bring my whole family here. I still have a list of 25 things I want to do, but we’re running out of time,” she laughs.
It’s apparent as the conversation continues that Sara is a real foodie.
She speaks animatedly about the local food she’s tried so far: “I had dumpling noodle soup, and then we tried some nyonya rice dumplings – it’s wrapped in banana leaves and sweet rice filled with barbecued chicken, and then we had some amazing Thai food.”
She pauses for a while before exclaiming, to much laughter, “Ohmygosh my mouth is watering. Literally. Right now I’m just salivating, thinking about the food.”
“I wish I was a great cook,” she says, when asked about what was the one thing she was secretly good at. “I wish I could be like Jamie Oliver or something, someone who can take these simple ingredients and wave their hands and all of a sudden, it’s incredible.”
Sara’s also known as the Pizza-saurus Rex among her bandmates, due to her obsession with it. “I’m a pizza junkie. I just love pizza in a way you’re not supposed to. It can be cardboard, you can bang it on the table and make noise with it and I’ll still eat it.”
The conversation slowly turns towards her music. Asked about Kaleidoscope Heart, the California native says, “I had so much fun making this record, and I remember calling my manager and saying, ‘This is awesome.’ There’s a sense of pride, and I don’t feel like I’m apologising for who I am.”
Before getting on the stage, though, Sara and her bandmates have a little ritual where they play some games to get into the mood.
“We do a little dancing in a circle where you’ve got to follow and do what the person did before you. It’s actually really funny,” she says, before leaning in to whisper conspiratorially, “Because the boys are not that good dancers. So I try to do something really hard.”
One of the next stops on her tour in Asia is Japan, and for Sara, it looks like it’ll be a memorable experience for her. “We’re actually going to spend extra days doing some work at Ofunato and I’m really looking forward to it," says Sara.
"I’ve never been to Japan, but I’ve heard so much about it my whole life. I think it’s gonna be a real life changing experience.”