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Sara Bareilles has breathed melodic life into the pop music scene with her piano infused rock songs. While she’s a chart topper on tour, she’s also becoming a television star. Bareilles has joined NBC’s a cappella competition show The Sing-Off as a judge.

Bareilles told the Television Critics Association on August 1 that she finds criticism more effective when it’s compassionate, so she will not provide Simon Cowell-esque critiques. After her TCA session, Bareilles hung around to chat about her own music and more thoughts on joining The Sing-Off, which returns September 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Q: I love hearing piano in rock music. Why do you think more band don’t include pianos?

SB: Oh, they’re not portable. I learned that the hard way. But I think it’s just a matter of taste. Different strokes for different folks. For me, the piano was always something I had access to so it became integrated into my musical world very early on. It was just a really natural fit. It was like an old friend from moment one. That’s kind of cliché but that’s how it was.

Q: How did it start? Did your parents make you take piano lessons?

SB: No, I had an older sister that played piano so I think I kind of probably started trying to follow her footsteps a little bit. It’s something I sort of fell into, started taking some lessons and then never fell out of love with it.

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