Brandi Marie Carlile is a multi-genre American singer-songwriter and record producer who was born on June 1, 1981. The renowned musician nearly lost her life at the tender age of five when she caught bacterial meningitis. She first started singing when she was young, and later taught herself to play guitar and piano.
Brandi left Tahoma High to concentrate on her music career. Brandi developed a local fanbase in Seattle through her performances in the early 2000s, and in 2004, she was signed to Columbia Records. The following year, she released her first EP under her own name.
Bio of Brandi Carlile
|Full Name||Brandi Marie Carlile|
|Net Worth||$2 Million|
|Date of Birth||1 June 1981|
|Age||41 Years Old|
|Birth Place||Ravensdale, Washington, U.S.|
|Currently Live In||Ravensdale, Washington, U.S.|
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Author|
|Debut||Studio Album: Brandi Carlile (2005)|
|Years Active||2004 – Present|
|Ethnicity||English, German, Scots-Irish and Northern Irish Descent|
|School/High School||Tahoma High School, Maple Valley, Washington, U.S.|
More About Brandi Carlile
As of 2021, Carlile has received 18 Grammy Award nominations for her work as a producer and songwriter, including one for The Firewatcher’s Daughter (2015), six for By the Way, I Forgive You (2018), and three for her work as a producer and songwriter on Tanya Tucker’s album While I’m Livin’ (2019), and three for “Right on Time” from In These Silent Days (2021).
She received six nominations at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, more than any other woman. Her albums “By the Way, I Forgive You” and “Record of the Year” were also up for awards (“The Joke”). Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby are the Highwomen, an all-female quartet that was formed in 2019. Their 2019 debut album, The High women, was a commercial and critical success, and their song “Crowded Table” went on to win the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
Brandi Carlile was born in Ravensdale, Washington, a tiny hamlet about 50 miles outside of the larger city of Seattle. She had to learn to entertain herself as a child because she had neither a television nor a radio, so she took singing lessons on her own and went on solo hiking trips in the nearby woods.
She became enamored with the traditional country music her parents adored, especially Patsy Cline, and she made her debut on stage at the tender age of eight after her mother took her to a local country radio show. Carlile picked up the guitar at age 17 after listening to Elton John’s classic albums from the 1970s. She soon started playing in Seattle bars, where she sang backup for an Elvis Presley tribute act.
Tim and Phil Hanseroth, Tim’s twin brothers, and Brandi began their careers as musicians in Seattle nightclubs. Columbia Records first acquired her in 2004. Her home recordings of songs were what led to the contract. In 2005, she released the songs as newly recorded songs for Brandi Carlile’s album. Columbia Records reissued the album in 2006. Retakes of the songs What Can I Say and Throw It All Away were included in the release.
She received favorable reviews for the record, which was a huge hit. Carlile thus appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of 10 artists to watch in 2005 as well as Interview and Paste’s lists of artists to watch. Brandi moved out of her Seattle home with the Hanseroth brothers soon after the album’s release. The tracks that eventually appeared on her album The Story were refined by the three over the course of about two years on the road.
Is Brandi Carlile married?
Brandi Carlile and her longtime companion Catherine Shepherd got engaged in June of 2012. They tied the knot in September of that year in the Bay State. Brandi and Catherine have a blended family consisting of two kids, Evangeline and Elijah.
The two of them collaborate at the non-profit organization Brandi founded in 2008, Looking Out Foundation.
Touring & Performances
Carlile announced her first annual music festival, “Girls Just Wanna Weekend,” in July of 2018. The festival featured all-female musicians such as the Indigo Girls, Maren Morris, Margo Price, Patty Griffin, and others, and took place from January 30 to February 3, 2019, in Puerto Aventuras on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. After attending the Cayamo Cruise festival for several years, Carlile was moved to organize her own celebration.
- Brandi Carlile (2005)
- The Story (2007)
- Give Up the Ghost (2009)
- Bear Creek (2012)
- The Firewatcher’s Daughter (2015)
- By the Way, I Forgive You (2018)
- In These Silent Days (2021)
with The High women
- The High women (2019)
- Cover Stories (2017)
- You Don’t Own Me Anymore by The Secret Sisters (2017)
- While I’m Livin’ by Tanya Tucker (2019)
- Saturn Return by The Secret Sisters (2020)
- Second Nature by Lucius (2022)
Awards & Nominations
Six awards have been given to Carlile out of her 18 nominations. She is the first female songwriter to gain two Grammy nominations for Song of the Year in the same year, and it is the first time since 1994 that an individual artist or songwriting duo has received two nominations for Song of the Year.