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Broken Horses: A Memoir Hardcover By Brandi Carlile

The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, producer, and five-time Grammy winner opens up about a life shaped by music in this candid, heartfelt, and intimate story.

Brandi Carlile was born into a musically gifted, impoverished family on the outskirts of Seattle and grew up in a constant state of change, moving from house to house, trailer to trailer, fourteen times in as many years. Though imperfect in every way, her dysfunctional childhood was as strange as it was beautiful, and as difficult as it was nurturing.

In Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile takes readers through the events of her life that shaped her very raw art—from her start at a local singing competition where she performed Elton John’s “Honky Cat” in a bedazzled white polyester suit, to her first break opening for Dave Matthews Band, to many sleepless tours over fifteen years and six studio albums, all while raising two children with her wife, Catherine Shepherd. This hard-won success led her to collaborations with personal heroes like Elton John, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Pearl Jam, Tanya Tucker, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her peers in the supergroup The Highwomen, and ultimately to the Grammy stage, where she converted millions of viewers into instant fans.

Evocative and piercingly honest, Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church’s basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.

The book will be released on April 6, 2021 and you can pre-order the 336 page hardcover HERE.

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Brandi Carlile Named Record Store Day 2020 Ambassador

For its 13th annual celebration, which takes place April 18, Record Store Day has selected Brandi Carlile as its official Record Store Day Ambassador, whom the organization describes as “tireless, fearless, talented, generous and all-around awesome.”

“Brandi’s career has woven through record stores from the beginning, and I can barely remember when there hasn’t been a Brandi Carlile record in their racks and on their charts,” says Carrie Colliton, Record Store Day co-founder, in a statement. “Record stores really are tastemakers—in all genres, across the country—and they’ve been shouting about Brandi and the Twins for years,” she says, referring to Carlile’s bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

“It’s a genuine thrill, and feels so natural, to have them join our team in such an “official” capacity this year. And it’s going to be fun—that’s a big part of the RSD Ambassador gig, and they are definitely up to it.”

More information on what’s to come from RSD 2020 Ambassador Brandi Carlile is on the way, including details on a special Record Store Day release.  

Carile refers to physical records as “not just albums [to the artists], these are somebody’s dreams, everything about it, what’s in [the package] and what’s coming through your speakers,” adding that record stores “mine, archive, meticulously care for, and make available to you other people’s dreams.”

“The Twins and I have never made an album that we didn’t intend to be in an independent record store,” she adds. “Thank you so much for recognizing this love in me and the Twins and giving us this opportunity. We won’t let you down.” 

Carlile joins some noted company as Record Store Day Ambassador, with previous luminaries holding the title including Josh Homme, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack White, Chuck D, Dave Grohl, Metallica, and St. Vincent. 

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Singer/Songwriter Brandi Carlile Performs End-Credit Song “Carried Me With You” On Pixar’s Onward Soundtrack

Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile has been tapped to perform an emotionally poignant song, “Carried Me With You,” for the end credits of the upcoming Disney and Pixar film “Onward.” 

The song is written and produced by Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, for the original motion picture soundtrack, available digitally from Walt Disney Records on February 28.

“‘Carried Me With You’ is a song about not taking love for granted—accepting love even when you don’t feel like you deserve it,” said Carlile. “It’s absolutely wonderful to be a part of a Pixar film! I can’t wait for my little girls to see it! It’ll no doubt have all the wonder, imagination and creative life lessons our family has come to love about Pixar films.”

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Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires Form The Highwomen

The Highwomen, a new collaborative movement formed by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires officially launches today with the release of the group’s debut single, “Redesigning Women.”

Directed by Elizabeth Olmstead and produced by Revolution Pictures, the video features The Highwomen along with special guests Lauren Alaina, Kassi Ashton, Cam, Lilly Hiatt, Wynonna Judd, Catie Offerman, Cassadee Pope, Erin Rae, Raelynn, Natalie Stovall, Tanya Tucker, Anna Vaus and Hailey Whitters.

Of the track, Hemby shares, “‘Redesigning Women’ is the life most women are living today. We juggle so much in 24 hours and I wanted to write a song that reflected the goodness, the madness and the hilarity of it all.”

The single is the first unveiled from collective’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, which will be released September 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.

In celebration of the release, The Highwomen will make their live debut at Newport Folk Festival next Friday, July 26. This landmark performance is their only confirmed full concert to date.

Continually demonstrating the importance of inclusion and collaboration, The Highwomen are joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters across the album. The project features Sheryl Crow (background vocals, bass), Yola (vocals, background vocals), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar), Jason Isbell (acoustic/electric guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals), Tim Hanseroth (guitar, background vocals), Chris Powell (drums) and Peter Levin (piano and keyboards) with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and RayLaMontagne among many others.

“Anyone can be a Highwoman,” Carlile notes. “It’s about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love.”

Pre-order the album HERE.

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Brandi Carlile Performs Solo Acoustic The Joke On Ellen

Singer Brandi Carlile took the stage with a moving acoustic version of her Grammy-winning song, “The Joke.” She also chatted with Ellen about her big night at the awards show, where she won three Grammys, and was the most nominated female artist of the night.

Carlile’s appearance on Ellen also had a special significance — during one of her three acceptance speeches at the Grammys, the singer paid tribute to host Ellen DeGeneres for inspiring her to come out as a teenager. “It’s a brave thing to do, too,” DeGeneres tells Carlile after the performance. “Most people that are performing, they worry about their career, so it’s a brave thing for you to be open and out.”

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Brandi Carlile Steps Out of The Shadows And Into The Grammys Spotlight

Bow down to Brandi Carlile — the only female artist nominated for six or more Grammys this year. 

Variety’s cover star reveals her biggest professional regret, the designer she’s been maxing out her credit card buying, and what life in a log cabin is like.

Read the article HERE.

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See Brandi Carlile Sing For Women In Prison In New Mini-Doc

“My greatest heroes have really paired their music with humanitarian efforts, activism, so I wanted to do that right away,” Brandi Carlile says in a mini-documentary depicting her work with her own charitable Looking Out Foundation. The short film chronicles Carlile’s visit during the holidays to the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor.

For the past 10 years, the Washington native has gone inside to perform an acoustic set for inmates. In the above clip, shot during the 2017 holiday season, she sings her deeply personal “The Mother,” which she wrote after the birth of her first child, daughter Evangeline. Carlile is also seen being presented a Christmas wreath made by the inmates.

Read more HERE.

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Brandi Carlile To Perform At The GRAMMY Museum On July 12, 2018

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome GRAMMY-nominated Brandi Carlile with her longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and conversation hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman on July 12, 2018.

The band is currently in the midst of an extensive nationwide tour in celebration of their breakthrough new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and Number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the Seattle-based group. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album continues to receive overwhelming acclaim, including recent “Best Albums of 2018” coverage at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and more.

The new album follows last year’s Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child. The special project – featuring cover songs performed by Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, Jim James and more along with a forward by Barack Obama – has raised nearly one million dollars to date.

Beloved by fans and critics alike, the band has performed sold-out concerts across the world, including shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Ryman Auditorium and has appeared on various TV shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Conan and CBS This Morning.

Tickets go on sale June 21, 2018. Click HERE for more info.

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Brandi Carlile Announces New Album, New Tour Dates & A New Single

Brandi Carlile has announced her upcoming new album titled “By The Way, I Forgive You” which will be released on February 16, 2018! Co-produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album features the following tracks:

1. Every Time I Hear That Song
2. The Joke
3. Hold Out Your Hand
4. The Mother
5. Whatever You Do
6. Fulton County Jane Doe
7. Sugartooth
8. Most of All
9. Harder To Forgive
10. Party of One

Pre-order bundles are available HERE and include exclusive items: signed and numbered vinyl test pressings, signed CDs and vinyl, hand-drawn drumhead (by Phil), songbook, Pete Souza prints, and more!

Instantly receive the first single “The Joke” when you pre-order.

Tour dates are:

March 30— Seattle, WA — Moore Theatre
March 31 — Seattle, WA — Moore Theatre
April 5 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
April 6 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
May 4 — Boston, MA — Orpheum Theatre
June 15 — Chicago, IL — Chicago Theatre
August 12 — Denver, CO — Red Rocks

Listen to the stunning brand new single “The Joke” below:

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CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions: Brandi Carlile Performs Songs From Her Latest Album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter

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Musician Brandi Carlile has built a huge following since her debut album 10 years ago. Her music covers a lot of ground, including country, rock, pop, and a touch of folk. She’s ably backed by a striking pair of twins whose voices blend perfectly with hers.Her latest album “The Firewatcher’s Daughter” is her highest selling and best reviewed offering yet.

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