Brandi Carlile is a singer-songwriter and producer whose music spans multiple genres. She was the most nominated woman at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards with six nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.
In 2019, Carlile formed an all-female quartet with Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby called The Highwomen. Born in Ravensdale, Washington, a rural town southeast of Seattle, Carlile dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, teaching herself piano and guitar.
Her debut major-label album, Brandi Carlile, was released to critical acclaim yet achieved limited commercial success. Carlile garnered wider recognition with her 2007 single "The Story", from her album of the same name.
The Story was awarded gold status in 2017, having sold more than 500,000 copies to date. The Firewatcher's Daughter earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album and peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200.
Carlile has released seven albums, including The Story (2007), Give Up the Ghost (2009), and Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony (2011), the latter reaching #14 on the Top Rock Albums chart.
In May 2017, Carlile released Cover Stories, featuring 14 artists covering tracks from the original The Story album, including Adele, Pearl Jam, and Dolly Parton, it debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200.
Her 2018 album, By the Way, I Forgive You, was released to critical and commercial acclaim. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, her highest charted position to date, and also reached #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums.
Carlile's music through the years has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, and folk. She said of her style, "I've gone through all sorts of vocal phases, from pop to blues to R&B, but no matter what I do, I just can't get the country and western out of my voice".
Carlile has been a part of several activism campaigns and an advocate for causes ranging from spreading awareness for health issues to LGBT rights and female empowerment.
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