Brandi Carlile in Perth

Rodney_Brandi.jpgIt’s hard to believe that the young lady who joined me in the studio this morning could have such a big voice.

Brandi Carlile has a big, big voice and it was a pleasure to talk to her today during my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM.

If you’re not familiar with her music you owe it to yourself to check out the video clip for her song, The Story.

Brandi is a gifted singer/songwriter who grew up learning to make her own entertainment, camping and hiking in the nearby woods and teaching herself to sing. She grew up listening to the classic country music favourites of her parents, making her stage debut at the age of eight after she was taken to a local country radio show by her mother.

At 17, Brandi picked up the guitar, and began playing anywhere she could get a gig. While playing clubs, she encountered a band called the Fighting Machinists, featuring twin brothers Tim Hanseroth on guitar and Phil Hanseroth. She became an instant fan and when the group broke up, she persuaded the Hanseroth twins to form a group with her. They’ve been together ever since.

In 2005 Brandi Carlile was signed to Columbia Records, releasing a self-titled album later that same year. The album earned great reviews, and she was named one of 2005’s “Artists to Watch” by Rolling Stone. In 2006 she began work on her second Columbia album, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Titled The Story, the album was released in April last year.

Her music was showcased to a wider audience when Grey’s Anatomy used three of her songs: “Tragedy,” “What Can I Say,” and “Throw It All Away”.

In April 2007, Grey’s Anatomy debuted her single, The Story.

Brandi worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, during her 2007 tour.

Brandi Carlile is in Perth, Western Australia, for a concert, supporting Maroon 5.

If you’d like to hear our chat just click play on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

(Bio info thanks to Billboard and Wikipedia.) 

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • She’s quite a talented artist. I really liked her song on the music video. When I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy I always thought most of their song choices were amazing…I’m glad to see that still holds true.

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