Bio

Brandi Carlile (b. June 1, 1981, in Ravensdale, Washington) is an American singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for her 2007 single "The Story". Carlile's music has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, and folk. She released her first album, 'Brandi Carlile', on July 12, 2005. In the beginning, Columbia Records signed Carlile in late 2004 on the strength of songs she'd been recording periodically at home. Released in 2005, Brandi Carlile showcased those early songs along with several newly recorded tracks. Shortly after the release of Brandi Carlile, she left her home in Seattle and set out with the Hanseroth brothers, with whom she'd worked on her earliest recordings and independent regional tours. The tightly knit trio, which forms the core of her band today, spent the better part of two years on the road honing the songs that would later become part of her album "The Story". In 2005, she was featured on Rolling Stone's "10 Artists to Watch in 2005" list. By the end of 2006, Carlile had embarked on several headlining tours and supported a variety of artists including Ray LaMontagne, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin. Her second album, The Story, was released in April 2007. It was produced by T Bone Burnett and includes a collaboration with the Indigo Girls on "Cannonball." The album was recorded in an eleven-day-long session with Carlile , the twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) and drummer Matt Chamberlain to capture the raw intensity of Carlile's live performances. The crack in Carlile's vocals during the title track, "The Story", came out by accident and was a direct result of the way the album was recorded. Carlile herself describes the vocals as "technically wrong but emotionally right." Carlile was exposed to a wider audience when ABC's Grey's Anatomy showcased three of her songs: "Tragedy," "What Can I Say," and "Throw It All Away". In April 2007, Grey's Anatomy debuted a version of the video for the single The Story interspersed with footage from the show. On May 3, 2007, a special two-hour episode of "Grey's Anatomy" featured Carlile's song "Turpentine" during footage of the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off, "Private Practice".

Reviews

BRANDI CARLILE - The Firewatcher’s Daughter - Blurt Magazine

BRANDI CARLILE -- The Firewatcher's Daughter Album: The Firewatcher's Daughter Artist: Brandi Carlile Label: ATO Release Date: March 03, 2015 www.atorecords.com BY LEE ZIMMERMAN The supremely talented Brandi Carlile returns with what may well be her best set yet, flush with songs of love and devotion, as well as her usual assortment of rousing rockers and celebratory... Read More »

SXSW Music 2015 - Review: Brandi Carlile - Music - The Austin Chronicle

Brandi CarlileThe Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO) Brandi Carlile seems determined to defy expectations. Following stints with producers Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett, she took the reigns herself for her fourth LP, 2012's Bear Creek. On the Seattle songwriter's fifth studio disc, she jumps from major label to powerful indie ATO, and cuts an album of marginally rehearsed, single-take tracks that expose rougher edges her previous efforts had largely polished off. The effect is impressive... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter (ALBUM REVIEW) - Glide Magazine

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ A lot has changed for Brandi Carlile since she released her last album, Bear Creek, in 2012. Professionally, she left her major label deal with Sony for a new home on Dave Matthews' ATO Records. Personally, she's married and has a child. Perhaps the biggest change, though, can be found in Carlile's music. For her fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, the artist approached the songwriting and production more organically... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter | Capsule Review | Music @ The Digital Fix

In the three years since she released Bear Creek, Brandi Carlile has been on the road, evolving her relatively stripped down show to a completely unplugged live experience - no speakers or electrics of any kind. It's an interesting experiment that she's used in the back-to-basics videos released to support the lead tracks from The Firewatcher's Daughter... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek (from exclaim)

Washington State native Brandi Carlile has released five studio albums, a smattering of EPs, named her horse after her first guitar (it was a Sovereign) and spent time in her teen years as a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator. She's a woman obsessed with music and it shows in her practiced guitar picking ("Save Part of Yourself"), preternaturally strong voice ("Raise Hell") and the perfectly pop-folksy music style she carves out on her latest album, Bear Creek... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek (from popmatters)

It takes a particular kind of musical craftsman to be able to work within the confines of the country/pop/rock genre whilst simultaneously tweaking each new album to sound stylistically different without betraying the "rules" of the genre. Brandi Carlile has managed this sometimes impossibly difficult feat with her previous three efforts, even though her last, Give Up the Ghost, was just too dark and thick with hard-edged amelodic tendencies to really get behind... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek (from glidemagazine)

There are a number of albums to come out of the last fifty years that are named after recording studios that provided an aura of mystique, a palpable energy, but most importantly a harbor from the frenetic pace of the music industry for their artists. Oftentimes they may not be those musicians' best work (Elton John's 1974 LP Caribou comes to mind), but what they do represent is a moment of connectedness--a moment of artistic growth and expression that is vital to the creative process... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - Live at Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony (from glidemagazine)

The beauty of live performances is you take everything as it comes. If an artist flubs a line, misses a chord or hits the wrong key vocally, there's no going back. A lot of "live" albums, however, fall short because they use a number of production tricks to cover over mistakes, or to make the audience sound louder than they really are, so they end up sounding disingenuous and in a way are a waste of time... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - Live at Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony (from Glide Magazine)

The beauty of live performances is you take everything as it comes. If an artist flubs a line, misses a chord or hits the wrong key vocally, there's no going back. A lot of "live" albums, however, fall short because they use a number of production tricks to cover over mistakes, or to make the audience sound louder than they really are, so they end up sounding disingenuous and in a way are a waste of time... Read More »

Brandi Carlile - Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony (from pastemagazine)

Within certain circles, Brandi Carlile's 2009 album Give Up the Ghost was a cause célèbre - a frequent entry on year end "best of" lists and a source of cult whispers. For all its apparent craftsmanship, to these ears that album never quite hung together as Carlile's operatic tendencies frequently drowned their musical beds and maybe even the songs, while the star power of Rick Rubin's production and guest turns by a Chili Pepper, a Heartbreaker and a certain Mr... Read More »

News

Bonnaroo Confirms Artist Additions

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters My Morning Jacket Bassnectar Alabama Shakes Childish Gambino Flume Hozier Slayer Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Belle and Sebastian Spoon The War On Drugs STS9 Ben Folds SuperJam Atmosphere Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor? Tears for Fears <span>Brandi Carlile</span> Twenty|One|Pilots The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests Flying Lotus Earth Wind & Fire Caribou Gary Clark Jr. SBTRKT Punch Brothers Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Tove Lo Run the Jewels Dawes G-Eazy Trampled By Turtles Sturgill Simpson Moon Taxi AWOLNATION Sylvan Read More »

The Cerny Brothers Releasing New Album This Spring

announced the release of their new studio album, which will be entitled "Sleeping Giant." The new album, said to incorporate a more rock sound than their previous folk offerings, will released on May 12th under their recently signed deal with Krian Music Group and was produced by Jerry Streeter and Ryan Hadlock (<span>Brandi Carlile</span> and The Lumineers). The band will be making an appearance at the SXSW festival this Saturday (March 21st) at Stephen F's Bar in Austin and their tour with The Giving Tree Band will continue until April 18th in Denver, CO at Los Lake Lounge. Tour Dates: March 21st - Austin, TX - Stephen Read More »

SXSW 2015: Iggy Azalea Surprises, Leon Bridges Astounds & 26 More Standout Moments From Day 2

crowded streets of 6th street at least year's 2014 SXSW festival. This year, they followed up with new crowd favorites "No Type" and "Throw Sum Mo," but unfortunately omitted "Unlock The Swag" from the setlist... leaving the swag under lock and key for another day. -- WG 12:56AM -- <span>Brandi Carlile</span> wrapped her 90-minute microphone-free concert at the Central Presbyterian Church with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" and her own "I'm Coming Home." With guitar, bass, cello and violin behind her, Carlile admitted she was "terrified," yet she confidently filled the hall with a healthy dose of songs Read More »

Kelly Clarkson's Piece By Piece Debuts At #1

200 chart. Piece By Piece is Clarkson's third #1 album of her career, with 97,000 total units and 83,000 copies sold, landing the #1 position on the Top Album Sales Chart. Her last #1 album was in 2009 with All I Ever Wanted.The only other debut in the top ten this week comes from singer/songwriter <span>Brandi Carlile</span>, who arrives at #9 with The Firewatcher's Daughter.The rest of the top ten is made up of familiar faces and releases. The Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack moves up to #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, followed by 1989 from Taylor Swift. Drake is at #4 with If You're Reading This It's Too Late, followed Read More »

Out This Week 3/3

keyboardist Sanae Yamada, aka Moon Duo, share their "third album of droning space-rock, which also happens to be their most potent set to date, with more brightly melodic and sharply defined songs combining fuzzy guitar riffing, eerie keyboards and hypnotic motorik rhythms." Local singer-songwriter <span>Brandi Carlile</span> shares her fifth full-length, "ranging from reflective ballads to bluesy stompers." Reunited UK shoegazers Swervedriver share their first new album in 17 years. And Of Montreal return with their 13th release, a "quirky blend of psych-pop, glam, funk, dance-rock and more, combining a busy, ... apart." (Various Artists) Jesus Wayne - "The Chicago Party Theme" from Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party on Numero Andrew Combs - "Pearl" from All These Dreams on Coin Records/Thirty Tigers Au.Ra - "Juki" from Jane's Lament on Felte Beech Creeps - "Times Be Short" from Beech Creeps on Monofonus Press <span>Brandi Carlile</span> - "The Eye" from The Firewatcher's Daughter on ATO Records Brodinski - "Minimix" from Brava on Parlophone Buxton - "Icebreaker" from Half a Native on New West Cannibal Ox - "Psalm 82" from Blade of the Ronin on IGC/iHipHop Coastal - "We Drink To Remember" from Beneath the Snow and Read More »

TV Eye: Week of 3/2

coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights: Monday, March 2nd: Late Show with David Letterman: Hundred Waters (R) Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate Pierson Last Call with Carson Daly: The Melvins Tuesday, March 3rd: Conan: <span>Brandi Carlile</span> Late Show with David Letterman: Sturgill Simpson (R) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: GZA Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate Pierson Last Call with Carson Daly: Natalie Prass (R) Wednesday, March 4th: Late Night with Seth Meyers: Purity Ring, Kate Pierson Last Call with Carson Daly: Read More »

Houston's Free Press Summer Festival Confirms Lineup

R. Kelly, Weezer, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Chance the Rapper, Tears for Fears, Band of Horses and more. Additional acts include Gary Clark Jr., Future Islands, Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, Twin Peaks, Tove Lo, Tycho, Freeman, Flogging Molly, <span>Brandi Carlile</span>, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Houndmouth, Bright Light Social Hour, Sturgill Simpson and more. Free Press Summer Festival is slated for Houston in June 6-7. Passes are available here. Free Press Summer Festival: Band of Horses Belle and Sebastian Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals Ben Kweller Benjamin Booker <span>Brandi Carlile</span> Chance the Rapper Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires Charli XCX Diarrhea Planet Flogging Molly Flume Freeman Future Islands Futurebirds G-Eazy GTA Gary Clark, Jr. Glass Animals Houndmouth iLoveMakonnen Iceage LeCrae Major Lazer Mastodon Moon Taxi Odesza Pallbearer Pentagram Portugal. The Man R Kelly RL Grime Riverboat Gamblers Robert Ellis Rocket From The Crypt Sarah Jaffe Skrillex St. Vincent Steve Angello Sturgill Simpson Tears For Fears The Bright Light Social Hour The Decemberists The Mountain Goats The Suffers Tove Lo Twin Peaks Read More »

Nelsonville Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup Additions

Following November's initial lineup announcement and a batch of lineup additions announced last month, NelsonvilleMusic Festival organizers have unveiled another batch of lineup additions for theevent, which takes place May 28 - 31 in Nelsonville, Ohio at RobbinsCrossing at Hocking College. <span>Brandi Carlile</span> who plays on Sunday, seminal indie rock veterans Built ToSpill on Friday, along with Elephant Revival, Mandolin Orange, San Fermin,Michael Hurley, Ezra Furman, Natalie Prass, Ryley Walker, Adam Torres, Soddy Daisy,Bummers, Speaking Suns and Dead Hand of Man will perform at Nelsonvillethis Read More »

KAABOO Del Mar Festival Confirms Inaugural Lineup

KAABOO Del Mar Lineup: No Doubt The Killers Zac Brown Band Snoop Dogg Foster the People Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Slightly Stoopid Counting Crows Young The Giant The Roots Spoon Sheryl Crow Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Dirty Heads O.A.R. Awolnation Rodrigo Y Gabriela Michael Franti & Spearhead <span>Brandi Carlile</span> Girl Talk Big Gigantic Griz Tribal Seeds Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue OK Go Cherub Donavon Frankenreiter Dawes Los Lobos X Lucero Lettuce Ozomatli Allen Stone JJ Grey & Mofro Old 97's J Roddy Walston & The Business Justin Townes Earle Delta Rae Nahko & Medicine For The People Nicki Read More »

Interview: Brandi Carlile Talks New Album, New Baby, and KEXP's New Home

photo by Victoria Van Bruinisse When <span>Brandi Carlile</span> and her cohorts Tim and Phil Hanseroth (a.k.a. The Twins) take the stage this Friday night at the Moore Theatre for a sold-out "Pin Drop" show to benefit KEXP's New Home, you can expect to hear new songs crackling with energy and emotion. That's a direct outcome of the real life feel-for-all the band encountered while making its forthcoming album, The Firewatcher's Daughter (available March 3). "You should've seen the fireworks in the studio," says the Washington native. "There was storming out of rooms, there were tears, there were group hugs." ... tests the natural acoustics with a dB meter, and reports back with a verdict on whether or not the room right for a Pin Drop gig. The shows on last fall's Pin Drop tour sold out quickly - and so did Friday's Moore date, which Carlile has graciously arranged to be a fundraiser for KEXP's New Home at Seattle Center. "We're huge fans of the station... and we've drawn a lot of inspiration from you, big time," concludes Carlile. "KEXP is really special to us. You're eclectic and not afraid to be strange, and you're here in our hometown." Interview: <span>Brandi Carlile</span> Talks New Album, New Baby, and KEXP's New Home Read More »

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