Brandi M. Carlile is an American alternative country and folk rock singersongwriter. She has released six albums including The Story, Give Up the Ghost and Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, the last reaching numberon the Top Rock Albums chart. Her first commercial album, Brandi Carlile, was released to critical acclaim and limited commercial success. Her 2007 single The Story, from the album of the same name, was a greater commercial success, and was used by General Motors for commercials. Carliles latest album The Firewatchers Daughter garnered her further acclaim and a Grammy Award nomination.
Carlile was born on June 1, 1981, in Ravensdale, Washington, a small townmiles outside of Seattle. Growing up in the only house for miles, Carlile played in the woods, built forts and played music with her brother Jay and sister Tiffany. Brandi, whose mother is a singer, taught herself to sing when she was a little girl, and she started singing country songs on stage when she wasyears old.