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It was a great surprise this morning to see someone I know in the middle of my iTunes home page.

I first met Sara Bareilles in 1993, shortly after I moved to Humboldt County, California. She was in the Ferndale Repertory Theatre production of a musical version of Charlotte’s Web and she was playing Fern (Will, by the way, was playing Lurvey…you can see a production photo from that show…Will’s in the red plaid and Sara is in the red dress). Over the five years I lived in the area, I got to know Sara and her family very well. Sara and her sister, Stacey, sang at our wedding in 1997 (a duet of “I’ll Cover You” from Rent).

It’s simply awesome to see Sara hitting the big time! Not only has she got the iTunes Single of the Week for “Love Song,” but her debut album, Little Voice, releases in just a couple weeks on July 3.

You can find out all about Sara at her website, You can hear some of her music, watch her recent live performances, and find out if she’s coming to your town (she’s just wrapped up opening for Mika and is touring more to support the new album). Give her song and album a try. I think you’ll love it!