Singer-songwriter whose single "Love Song" exploded in popularity and made her famous. She won the ASCAP Pop Music Awards' Vanguard Award in 2008.
After one of her performances, the stage collapsed and about forty-five people were injured.
Michelle Obama asked her to perform at the G-20 Summit.
Her singing career began with her participation in various choirs in high school and at UCLA. She played in local Los Angeles bars and cafés.
She was born to Bonnie Halvorsen and Paul Bareilles.