Brené with Brandi Carlile on
Music, Mysticism, and Broken Horses
This week I’m talking to Brandi Carlile, singer, songwriter, performer, producer, activist, and author of a new memoir, Broken Horses. We talk about everything from the politics of middle school lunch tables, to the pursuit of complicated faith, to the tyranny of fitted sheets. This is a conversation between two people, meeting for the first time, and yet, somehow, it feels like we’ve been friends forever.
Brandi Carlile is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, producer and activist, who is known as one of music’s most respected voices. Carlile was awarded Billboard’s Women In Music “Trailblazer Award,” CMT’s Next Women of Country “Impact Award” and received multiple recognitions from the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards.
Adding to her esteemed career as a musician, Carlile has written a memoir, Broken Horses, where she tells her own story, opening up about the events of her life that have shaped her music, and the music that has shaped her life. The book comes on the heels of Carlile’s recent Best Country Song GRAMMY Award for “Crowded Table,” from The Highwomen’s acclaimed debut album.
On top of being a musician and writer, Carlile is also a founder of the Looking Out Foundation. Created in 2008 with Tim and Phil Hanseroth, Looking Out amplifies the impact of music by empowering those without a voice with varied initiatives including campaigns focused on Children in Conflict/War Child, The If Project, Fund Racial Justice, Fight The Fear, Looking Out For The Hungry and more. To date, they have raised over $1 million benefiting children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war through their 2017 Cover Stories project and, overall, over $2 million to grassroots causes.
Carlile lives in rural Washington state with her wife, Catherine, and two daughters, Evangeline and Elijah.
Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church’s basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.
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