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Humboldt Last Week (7:20): This coming June, Humboldt-raised musician and actress Sara Bareilles will be receiving the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award for 2018.

According to a press release the award is given to “gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.” Previous winners of the honor include Ed Sheeran, Nate Ruess of the band Fun, and Dan Reynolds of the band Imagine Dragons.

“I am so very moved by this,” Bareilles wrote on Instagram. “One of the very first professional folks I shared my music with listened to my CD and told me I was just a voice, not a songwriter. I was crushed at first but more importantly, ultimately dismissive of his opinion of me. To this day, the thing I care the most about is creating songs that speak to the vulnerabilities of the human condition, and hopefully comfort some folks along the way. It is the honor of a lifetime to be acknowledged for my voice as a writer, for it is the voice I am the most proud of. Thank you for this. I am beyond grateful.”

“From her self-described 'piano-based pop soul' sound to her tremendous success with her long-running Broadway show ‘Waitress,’ Sara has been a pioneer, forging new ground as a singer-songwriter with every step in her career,” says the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other honorees at the upcoming awards ceremony in June include Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and John Mellencamp.

In 2016, Bareilles -- the six-time Grammy nominee -- got a Tony nomination for music she made for “Waitress."

On April 1, Bareilles will star in a live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on NBC.

The story begins at 7:20.

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