Brave

Sara Bareilles

About Brave

"Brave" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, taken from her fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest (2013). The song was written by Bareilles and Jack Antonoff from the band fun., as the singer was inspired from the struggles that a close friend dealt with in regard to coming out as gay. Bareilles requested Mark Endert to produce it with the explicit goal of radio airplay. "Brave" was released worldwide through digital download on April 23, 2013, as the lead single from the album, through Epic Records. "Brave" received positive reviews from music critics, with one writing that Bareilles channels singers like Fiona Apple and Florence Welch. Some critics also compared pop singer Katy Perry's single "Roar" to the song. "Brave" became Bareilles' third top 40 hit in the United States, peaking at number 23, and reached number three in Australia, her highest-charting single in the country to date. The single also reached number four in New Zealand, number 26 in South Korea, number 48 in the United Kingdom, number 58 in Canada, and number 88 in Japan. The song was covered by Lea Michele and Naya Rivera on the 97th episode of the musical series Glee, which aired on February 25, 2014. It was featured in a commercial for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and has continued to be used in adverts for Lumia devices. 


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2013
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You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

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Sara Bareilles

Sara Beth Bareilles ( /bəˈrɛlɪs/ bə-REL-is; born December 7, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song", which brought her into the number one spot on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. She has sold over 1 million records and over 4 million singles in the United States alone and has been nominated for a Grammy Award three times. In the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off, Bareilles was a celebrity judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men. In February 2012, VH1 placed Bareilles in the #80 spot of the Top 100 Greatest Women in Music. more »

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Written by: Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles

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10 facts about this song

Songwriting Fact
"Brave" was co-written by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff. Bareilles is best known for her hit singles "Love Song" and "King of Anything", while Antonoff is a member of the bands Fun. and Bleachers, and a well-known producer and songwriter for artists like Taylor Swift.
Inspiration Fact
The song was inspired by Bareilles' close friend who was struggling with coming out as gay. Bareilles wanted to create a song that would communicate a message of courage and strength, encouraging her friend and listeners to stand up for themselves and their truth.
Chart Performance Fact
"Brave" was successful both commercially and critically. It peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song was also a success on the Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, reaching numbers 3 and 2 respectively.
Awards Fact
In 2014, "Brave" earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. The music video was also nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction.
Release Fact
"Brave" was released on April 23, 2013, as the lead single from her fourth studio album, "The Blessed Unrest."
Music Video Fact
The music video for "Brave," directed by Rashida Jones, was also well received and has more than 80 million views on YouTube. The video features people of different ages, races and backgrounds dancing and singing along to the song in various locations.
Roar" Controversy Fact
A controversy arose when critics compared "Brave" to Katy Perry's "Roar," which was released a few months later, noting similarities between the two songs. Both Bareilles and Perry publicly addressed the comparisons, maintaining there was no feud between them.
Cultural Impact Fact
Besides the mainstream success, "Brave" has since been used in numerous media placements, including a Microsoft Windows commercial, and popular television shows like "Glee" and "The Vampire Diaries." It's also frequently played at events supporting LGBT rights and equality.
Live Performances Fact
Sara Bareilles has performed "Brave" at numerous high-profile venues and events, such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Stand Up to Cancer Telethon, and at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, where she was joined by Carole King.
Song's Impact Fact
Since its release, Bareilles said that many fans have reached out to her about the song's impact and how it helped them through difficult situations, demonstrating the song's universal appeal and power.

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