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Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile


6/1/1981, Ravensdale, WA

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Brandi Carlile


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Blue-eyed soulful singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile taught herself to sing and play guitar and piano with other members of her family while growing up in Ravendale, a small community outside of Seattle. She began performing early in life. At age eight, her singer mother brought her onstage to sing…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Brandi and tour colleague Chris Isaak covered Presley's "Love Me Tender" on Elvis: Viva Las Vegas broadcast on 09/18/07.

    • Three of Brandi's songs, "Tragedy," "Throw It All Away" and "What Can I Say" have been used on the soundtrack for Grey's Anatomy. The video for a fourth, "The Story," appeared at the end of a special episode on 04/12/07.

    • Brandi's song "Closer to You" graced the soundtrack of the film Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

    • Brandi is very popular with TV producers. Her songs have been used on the show soundtracks of Windfall, Wildfire, One Life to Live.

    • Brandi made a guest appearance on the Indigo Girls recent release Despite Our Differences.

    • Brandi often wears old Boy Scout shirts, but in the booklet for The Story she affects Johnny Cash's "Man in Black" look.

    • Brandi credits the sound of her new recording The Story to using the vintage guitars of producer T Bone Burnett.

    • On her 2007 tour, Brandi was backed by the Hanseroth twins, Tim and Phil, on guitar and bass, sometimes Gibb Droll on lead guitar, and drums and cello.

    • Upon hearing that Jennifer Love Hewitt was guesting on The Tonight Show the same night as Brandi and the Twins, her guitarist twin Phil Hanseroth called dibs on JLove.

    • Brandi likes pizza and See's candies.

    • Brandi sounded hoarse during her appearance on The Tonight Show on 04/04/07, possibly because she played an almost 2 hour set in San Francisco on 04/02 and a 19-song set at L.A.'s The Troubadour the next night.

    • Brandi felt discouraged about opening to the Fray's teenaged girl audience. She wrote a song about it.

    • Brandi's much awaited second album, The Story was released on 04/03/07. It was produced by T Bone Burnett and featured an appearance by the Indigo Girls.

    • Brandi, her sister Tiffany and a brother grew up in rural Washington outside of Seattle.

    • In concert Brandi and the Hanseroth twins cover Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and the Beatles.

    • Among the artists Brandi admires are Patsy Cline, Elton John and K. D. Lang.

    • Brandi is notorious for never having had a real job except for being a musician.

    • In 2005, Brandi was named on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "10 Artists to Watch."

  • Quotes

    • Brandi: I'm not a very dramatic person, so I allow my voice to be dramatic.

    • (On the "beautiful mistakes" in the song "The Story") Brandi: "The song peaks in a way that takes everything in my voice to hit it. When I went for that note, my voice cracked and I almost stopped, but I'm glad I kept going because it turned out to be such a pure moment – technically wrong, but emotionally right."

    • Brandi: I don't think I would play guitar if it weren't for the Indigo Girls. It means the world to me to have them on my record.

    • Brandi: I love Elton John because his albums captured moments in time. My favorite records have the timeless feeling you get when a band locks itself in the studio for two weeks and comes out with a record.

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