Brave is from Sara Bareilles' fourth studio album, The Blessed
Unrest (2013). Brave was released worldwide through
digital download on April 23, 2013 as the lead single from the album, through Epic Records.
From the Album
Brave was co-written by Bareilles and Jack Antonoff from the band fun. in 2011. Antonoff described the song
"as a real civil rights anthem at a time when there are no civil rights anthems and there's a giant need
for civil rights anthems." Bareilles also discussed the song in many interviews, revealing that
she thinks "there's so much honor and integrity and beauty in being able to be who you are, [and]
it's important to be brave because by doing that you also give others permission to do the same.
revealed she was inspired to write the song from the struggles that a close friend dealt with in regards to
coming out. Bareilles requested Mark Endert to produce "Brave" with the explicit goal of radio airplay,
saying, "I want my songs to be played on the radio. But I don't need a radio hit so bad that I'm willing to
do anything for it."
On August 10, 2013, pop singer Katy Perry released her single "Roar". Shortly after the release, many accused
Perry of copying Bareilles' single "Brave." When Bareilles herself was asked about the
controversy between the two songs, she responded: "Katy's a friend of mine and we've known each other a
really long time," and was upset that there was a "negative spin on two artists that are choosing to share
positive messages." She also mentioned she had known about "Roar" before its release and stated "If I'm not
mad I don’t know why anybody else is upset."
The Blessed Unrest (2013)
April 23, 2013
"Brave" on YouTube
The music video was filmed in Los Angeles, and premiered May 14, 2013.
It was directed by NBC's Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones.
When asked how did both end up working together, Bareilles said it "happened organically, which is something
I've learned is really important to me in terms of my creative endeavors. ... I loved working with Rashida;
I thought she was magical. She was so brilliant and creative and visionary and such an awesome person
on top of it. I'd like to work with more women like that."
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