UCLA’s Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter-Actress, Sara Bareilles,

Named to NCPA’s 31 Most Empowering Women from College Performing Arts List

* UCLA Group: Awaken A Cappella: Co-Ed, founded 1992 by Joyce Yim, Olimpio Wen, Keith Ogden

* Sara’s participation: Mezzo Soprano, 1994-98, featured soloist (and writer) Gravity

* Known for: Broadway Score for Waitress, The Sing Off judge, Tony Award Host

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA)TM and UpStaged Entertainment Group, has announced Sarah Bareilles as one of its 31 for 31 most empowering dynamic women – throughout business, politics and entertainment – who got their start in college performing arts.

Before she was the multi time Tony, Grammy, Emmy nominated star, Bareilles initially California Dreamed up – writing and singing – the first rendition of her Gravity hit, in UCLA’s Awaken a cappella group, which had recently formed on the principles of passion for music and community.

During the nineties turmoil of Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, Gotti’s Mafia trials and Saddam’s war offensives, Bareille’s shared that Awaken played a huge role in her life “I felt like I’d found my family.” She can be heard on their Dysfunktional Family album singing “Gravity” and I want You Back.

What the NCAA does for college sports, the NCPA is doing for collegiate performing arts–across 25 genres including a cappella, step, DJ-ing, improv, marching band and more – The organization elevates and empowers student performers with the same opportunities for National Championships, and glory provided college athletes.

The NCPA’s 31 for 31 continues daily with a new Powerful woman, and her story, revealed every day, through month end. Follow us on Instagram as we reveal the names on the list daily.

About the National Collegiate Performing Arts:

In 1906, during a similarly tumultuous U.S. period, President Theodore Roosevelt convened 13 University presidents to create structure in a chaotic college sports landscape, seeding the future NCAA which oversees 480,000 athletes in 19 men and 21 women sports. By contrast, two million college student performers in 25+ performing genres, remain a remarkably fragmented institutional and student universe. The NCPA was established to elevate and empower student performers with the same opportunities for National Championships, and glory provided college athletes. More info at WHAT LINK HERE? www.upstagedu.com

About UpStaged Entertainment Group

UpStaged is a NYC-based diversified performing arts platform empowering the world’s student performers to compete for live/digital national championships, like student athletes, across 20+ genres (e.g., step, comedy, a cappella) in premier venues and on virtual platforms, from Lincoln Center to Zoom, operating under its NCPA and National High School Performing Arts (NHSPA)TM brands. More info at www.upstagedu.com