special guest artist
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is known for her remarkable vocals — by turns nuanced and raw and uninhibited, but always expressive — her earthy, naturalistic approach to recording, and her music’s intuitive, inventive instrumentation. The winner of Seattle’s 2010 City of Music Breakthrough Award, Carlile has an ever-growing fan-base both regionally and nationally.
Carlile, a Washington native, performed in front of sold-out houses with the Seattle Symphony in 2008 and twice in 2010. Her album Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony was recorded during her November 2010 performances.
In late 2004 Carlile signed with Columbia Records and, in 2005, she and twin band members Tim and Phil Hanseroth released her major label debut, Brandi Carlile. This self-titled album prompted Rolling Stone to feature her on its “10 Artists to Watch in 2005” list. Her 2007 album, The Story, was produced by Grammy Award–winning producer T Bone Burnett, and her 2009 follow-up, Give Up the Ghost, was produced by Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. Her most recent album, Bear Creek, was released in June to critical acclaim.
These performances mark the tail end of Carlile’s fall 2012 tour, which has taken her to the East Coast and back, to such venues as New York’s Beacon Theatre, Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House and San Diego’s House of Blues.
Carlile created the Looking Out Foundation in 2008, an organization that assists the chronically underserved by channeling hundreds of thousands of dollars and resources to organizations devoted to the arts, women’s rights, public health, scientific research and the eradication of hunger. Carlile helps fund the Foundation by donating $1 from each concert ticket she sells, as well as performing at several benefit concerts annually.
Carlile began playing the guitar and writing songs at age 15 in her hometown of Ravensdale, Washington.
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