FOR RELEASE Friday, April 29, 2011

Seattle, WA – Seattle Symphony proudly announces the Columbia Records release of Brandi Carlile Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, a new concert album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. The CD will be available for purchase nationwide on Tuesday, May 3.

Recorded live during sold-out shows in Benaroya Hall last November, the new CD features Carlile with band members Tim Hanseroth, guitar; Phil Hanseroth, bass; Josh Neumann, cello; Allison Miller, drums; and the Seattle Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Eric Garcia. Together, they perform a lineup of original songs and selected covers.

Brandi Carlile Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony showcases arrangements created for Carlile by Sean O'Loughlin, whose previous collaborations include those with Chris Isaak, Feist, Belle & Sebastian, Blue Man Group and others; and the legendary Paul Buckmaster, who worked with Elton John, David Bowie, Miles Davis and many more. Buckmaster, who won a Grammy in 2001 for his arrangements on Train's Drops of Jupiter, first worked with Carlile in 2009 on Give up the Ghost, her third studio album.

The winner of Seattle's City of Music Breakthrough Award for 2010, Brandi Carlile sold out her Benaroya Hall debut with Seattle Symphony in 2008. Returning to the acoustically outstanding performance hall last fall, Carlile performed a set-list of original compositions, including The Story and Turpentine. The disc also features covers including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and Elton John's "Sixty Years On.” The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Martin Feveyear of Jupiter Studios in Seattle.

Brandi Carlile
“To hear Carlile nail it live…is to experience a little slice of pop heaven” (The Seattle Times). Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile began playing the guitar and writing songs at age 15 in her hometown of Ravensdale, Washington, and has since ascended to mainstream stardom with her thoughtful lyrics and distinctive vocals. In late 2004, Carlile signed with Columbia Records on the strength of her home recordings and, in 2005, she and her band members, twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth, released her major label debut, Brandi Carlile. Reviews of the album universally heralded Carlile as an important new singer-songwriter and Rolling Stone featured her on its "10 Artists to Watch in 2005" list. By the end of 2006, Carlile had headlined her own national tour in addition to supporting other artists’ tours, including Ray LaMontagne, Johnny Lang, Hanson, The Indigo Girls, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos and Shawn Colvin.

Carlile’s follow-up album, The Story, was produced by Grammy Award–winning producer T Bone Burnett, and released in April 2007 to national acclaim. The Story peaked at #2 on the iTunes album sales chart and the title track was featured on a General Motors commercial which aired during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Several of Carlile’s songs have been featured on ABC’s hit television show Grey’s Anatomy. She has made several national television appearances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Early Show’s “Second Cup Café.” Her latest album, Give up the Ghost, was released in 2009 and reached the Top 40 charts.

Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony, presenting its 108th season, has been under the artistic leadership of Music Director Gerard Schwarz since 1985. Maestro Schwarz has led Seattle Symphony to international prominence, with more than 140 recordings, 12 Grammy nominations, 2 Emmys and numerous awards. Maestro Schwarz celebrates his Farewell Season as Music Director in 2010–2011, after which he will become Conductor Laureate. Newly named Music Director Designate Ludovic Morlot will begin his role as Music Director in the 2011–2012 season. The Orchestra performs in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle and is internationally recognized for its adventurous programming of contemporary works, its devotion to the classics, and its extensive recording history. From September through July, the Symphony is heard live by more than 315,000 people. For more information on Seattle Symphony, visit