Last year, American singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles released the lead single from her album, The Blessed Unrest, titled ‘Brave’. Since then, it has been nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and has been featured in the 97th episode of the popular musical series ‘Glee’. It has also received very positive remarks from music critics. As Hally Rubenstein of MTV writes, “’Brave’ is Sara’s most mainstream, pop radio-friendly effort to date”.
Although this song is not a recent release, it is a favourite of mine because of the positive message the song hopes to bring across. Sara herself has said in an interview that “there’s so much honour 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”.
Not only does the song have a meaningful theme of bravery and standing up for yourself, it is also very listenable and catchy.
Sources: http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2013/hot-100-songs?page=9 & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_(Sara_Bareilles_song)
-Soh Wen Shuen(2W)