Brandi Carlile is an American singer, songwriter and producer working in a variety of musical genres. Carlile has released seven studio albums as of 2021, and one of them, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, has earned her 18 Grammy nominations.
Carlile started music with Tim and Phil Hanseroth who are twin brothers. They played venues in Seattle. She got a record deal with Columbia Records in 2004 because the music she was making at home was so good.
Her self-titled album included both old songs and new ones she wrote herself. In 2006 Columbia Records released a new version of the album with new versions of “What Can I Say” and “Throw It All Away”.
After the album received favorable reviews, the singer was included in Interview and Paste’s 10 Artists to Watch in 2005 and Artists to Watch lists. Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend music festival was first announced in July 2018.
Singer Brandi Carlile has never been married, but she is happy with her wife
Carlile is a singer who has never been married. It became clear to her fans that she is a lesbian and she has come out as such.
The singer is happily married to Catherine and they have two children together.
She told the Los Angeles Times who she was in a November 2002 interview. She said: “I don’t have to be formal. People who came before me cleared the way.”
Many people still wonder if she was ever married, but she has said that she never dated a man before getting married. Carlile has been happily married to Catherine Shepherd since 2022.
IVF helped Brandi Carlile and her wife Catherine Shepherd have twins
In an essay for Parents magazine, Brandi Carlile talks about her life with her wife Catherine Shepherd and their daughters Elijah, 2, and Evangeline, 6.
The couple used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to have their first child. Carlile’s eggs were taken and placed in Catherine’s uterus. She said her life was both hard and beautiful.
She went on to say that the whole thing is strange because she is neither the baby’s father nor the one carrying the baby. So they had no idea what to do about Catherine’s changes and how to make her difficult time feel better.
When they decided to have more children, they didn’t use IVF because Catherine didn’t want to take the drugs again. They tried artificial insemination instead, and this time she became pregnant with their second child. She said by the time they had their second child, they “felt like pros.”
Are Belinda Carlile and Brandi Carlie the same people?
Although their names are similar, Belinda Carlisle and Brandi Carlile are not related. They share no ancestry.
Cheatsheet says the other singers are “not related in any way” and have different tastes in music. On October 30, 2021, Brandi posted a picture of herself and Belinda to Facebook with the caption, “It finally happened, and even though Belinda Carlisle and I are best friends now. We are NOT the same person.
This post reveals that they met for the first time in 2021. After 40 years, it is impossible for two related people to meet for the first time. Since Carlisle and Carlile are unrelated, there is no confusion as to what is being said.
Her small, happy family has been living together since 2012
In 2009, the singer began dating Catherine Shepherd and in June 2012 they became engaged. They married on September 15, 2012 in Wareham, Massachusetts. Shepherd has led Carlile’s nonprofit group, the Looking Out Foundation, since 2012.
Previously she was responsible for Paul McCartney’s charity work for ten years.
Carlile has been working with Tim and Phil Hanseroth, two of her longtime collaborators, since she was 17. Carlile’s younger sister Tiffany married Carlile’s brother-in-law Phil. The double ouroboros on the Auryn amulet, which is the most important part of both The Neverending Story book and film, is written on all three at the same time.
her life and work
Carlile was born on June 1, 1981 in Ravensdale, Washington, a small town 30 miles from Seattle. Carlile grew up in the only house around. She and her brother Jay and sister Tiffany played in the woods, built forts and made music. Carlile contracted bacterial meningitis when she was four years old and almost killed her. Her heart stopped beating several times and she fell into a coma. Carlile lived in Sumner, Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Auburn and briefly in West Seattle when she was young. These cities are in the southern part of King County.
Carlile taught herself to sing as a child, and by the age of eight she began singing country songs on stage. Carlile sang Johnny Cash’s “Tennessee Flat Top Box” with her mother, Teresa Carlile, when she was eight years old. At 15 she learned to play the guitar and write songs. Carlile began singing at age 16 as a backing vocalist for an Elvis look-alike. Carlile says when she was a teenager she was told she had attention deficit disorder. She attended Tahoma High School but later dropped out to pursue a career in music. Carlile taught herself to play the piano after hearing Elton John’s music. At 17, she taught herself to play the guitar.
2004–2006: Career beginnings and debut
In 2006 Carlile played in Birmingham, Alabama.
Carlile began her career by playing in Seattle music clubs with Tim and Phil Hanseroth, the twin brothers. First, Carlile was signed to Columbia Records in 2004 for the songs she recorded at home. The self-titled album Brandi Carlile, released in 2005, featured some of her early songs and some songs she had just recorded. “Throw It All Away” and “What Can I Say” were both remastered for Columbia Records’ 2006 re-release.
The album received great reviews and Rolling Stone included her in their 2005 list of “10 Artists to Watch”. Interview and Paste also put her on her artists to watch lists. Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote in his review of the album: “The praise and cover artwork that shows her at her sweetest – as if she were a cousin of Rachael Leigh Cook – might make some listeners suspicious of Carlile because it’s what makes her seems like a pretty, ready-made product.” He continued, “Their music is… rich, warm and seductive. Its form and sound are familiar, but it sounds new, even original, especially in the way its folky singer-songwriter roots blend with its art-pop tendencies.” The album reached its highest position on the Billboard 200 peaked at number 80 and it was number one on the US Folk Albums chart.
Shortly after the album’s release, she left her Seattle home and toured with the Hanseroth brothers, with whom she had worked on her earliest recordings and independent tours of the region. The tight-knit trio who now form the core of their band spent almost two years on the road perfecting the songs that would later appear on their album The Story.
By the end of 2006, Carlile went on several tours as a lead actor, opening for Ray LaMontagne, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos and Shawn Colvin, among others.
2007–2009: The Story was a huge hit
Their first single to reach #1 was “The Story” (in Portugal).
T Bone Burnett was responsible for the production of their second album “The Story”.
It has a song called “Cannonball” that was made with the Indigo Girls. The album was recorded over the course of 11 days with Carlile, the Hanseroths and drummer Matt Chamberlain. The goal was to capture the raw energy of Carlile’s live shows. The crackling in Carlile’s voice during “The Story,” the album’s title track, happened randomly and was caused by the way the album was recorded. During the 2008 Summer Olympics, “The Story” was widely used in commercials for General Motors, giving their music more exposure. As a result of the ad, album sales jumped from 1,323 to 6,198, an increase of 368 percent. Sales of lead single “The Story” increased by 28,091 downloads. At its peak, “The Story” was the fifth most popular song on the iTunes Music Store. The song was also used in a Super Bock commercial in 2008. This helped the song reach number 1 on the Portuguese charts and the album peaked at number 4 on the charts. The Lucky One, a romantic drama, had the song “The Story” at the end of the credits. The album sold more than 257,776 copies in the US and reached #41 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on the US Rock Albums chart.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, a music critic, said of Carlile’s album The Story: “The turbulent collection delivers on the promise of their remarkable debut and provides a resounding confirmation that Carlile is a unique talent.”
“The Story, her second album, was produced by T-Bone Burnett and was released in 2007. Until then, we didn’t even know half of what we had gotten. Almost a minute into the second song, Carlile unleashed a hurricane of lung power that transformed her from a promise to a sure thing,” Rachael Maddux wrote for Paste magazine.
Give Up the Ghost, Carlile’s debut album, debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 and received favorable reviews from critics.
The TV show Grey’s Anatomy used three songs from their latest album: Tragedy, What Can I Say and Throw It All Away. Carlile’s song “Turpentine” was also featured in scenes from the spin-off Private Practice in a special two-hour episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Grey’s Anatomy also ran a version of “The Story” music video, which featured clips from the show. In the show’s musical episode, actress Sara Ramirez sang a cover of Carlile’s single “The Story.”
In 2007 Carlile performed at Borderline in London and was a guest on Newton Faulkner’s UK tour. She opened for Maroon 5 and OneRepublic in Australia while on tour. She sang on the BBC2 show Later… with Jools Holland in April 2008.
Give Up the Ghost was released in 2009 and peaked at number 26 on the Billboard 200 chart in its first week. Rick Rubin, who won a Grammy Award for producing the album, collaborated with Elton John, Amy Ray, drummer Chad Smith and keyboardist Benmont Tench on the song “Caroline.” In 2010, the National Geographic Channel in Latin America used the song “If There Was No You” from the album as a jingle to promote the show “Grandes Migraciones” (Great Migrations). Carlile was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist for the album at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards that same year.  The highest number the album reached on the Billboard 200 chart was No. 26.
Rachael Maddux wrote in one of her reviews of the album for Paste: “Give Up the Ghost is exactly the album Carlile needs to make right now. It’s filled with pain and anger, and Carlile looks straight into the barrel of life. The production is thick but elegant, with the full knowledge that the songs could be beautiful in a sparse, acoustically played daze, but they deserve more than that.” She said, “The best Give Up the Ghost movie? She’ll probably make an album that’s even better one day.”