"I have an odd relationship with my contemporaries. I don't see myself in them, and I think we feel very much in separate worlds."
'One of the Best Singers Around'
"Because she's in a way a mainstream artist, it's easy for people to overlook her proficiency," says Ben Folds, a collaborator and Sing-Off co-judge. "You can forget she's one of the best singers around."
On the Music Industry
"So many aspects of it are toxic to the human condition," she says of the music industry. "Without enough belief in oneself, I can easily see why you'd make decisions that in 60 years make you say, 'I really didn't want to do that.' "
"Loud, brash, eccentric, creative, accepting and hilarious, they represented a spectrum of people I could see myself inside of," writes Bareilles about theater folk in Sounds Like Me.
"It has been so refreshing to me," says Bareilles about working on the Waitress musical. "The music industry can sadly be very competitive. There's not as much of that air of camaraderie, and I've been so delighted by that in the theater community. And they f---ing work harder than any of us!"