Brandi Carlile (born June 1, 1981 in Ravensdale, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. Carlile's music has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, indie and folk.
Before signing to a major record label, Carlile performed in local Seattle establishments with twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Carlile sold her self-released recordings during local performances.
Columbia Records signed Carlile in late 2004 on the strength of her home recordings. Her 2005 major label debut, “Brandi Carlile” included some of those songs as well as newly recorded tracks.
Her second full-length Columbia album, “The Story” was released in 2007 and produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album also features the guitarists and songwriters Tim and Phil Hanseroth, drummer Matt Chamberlain, cellist Josh Neumann and backing vocals by the Indigo Girls on "Cannonball." “The Story” peaked at #58 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The lead single, “The Story” peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart.
English singer Adele covered Carlile's hidden track "Hiding My Heart" on a bonus edition of her 2011 album “21.”
Her third studio album “Give Up the Ghost” was released in October 2009. The album debuted at #26 on the Billboard 200 and was produced by Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. It featured a collaboration with Elton John on the track, "Caroline" and it also included guest appearances by Chad Smith, Amy Ray and Benmont Tench.