If you are not familiar with the greatness that is Brandi Carlile, I suggest you stop reading this and Google her. She’s amazing. Great voice, super talented guitar player, and brilliant lyricist. She’s also a kick ass supporter of feminism and social justice. Check out just a few of the reasons that we love Brandi Carlile.
Brandi participated in a campaign to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Half the Sky is a book and multi-platform media project which aims to highlight such issues as sex trafficking, girl’s education, and violence towards women and girls.
Brandi recognizes the sacrifices and struggles of LGBT musicians who came before her and helped make her sexuality less of a career issue for her. “I hope that somewhere in Small Town, USA, a 15-year-old kid looks to me as a role model the way I looked at the Indigo Girls and Elton John as role models,” she said. “And I hope they also recognize that the reason why I don’t have to have a lot of formality around it, the reason why I don’t have to wear it on my sleeve and make a spectacle of it, is because there were people before me who paved the way so I wouldn’t have to.”
Brandi started a foundation to support humanitarian issues and she donates quite a lot of her own money. From their website: “The arts-based Foundation serves the chronically underserved through its ongoing philanthropic efforts and involvement with social issues. Brandi Carlile and her fans donate $1 from every concert ticket sold to The Looking Out Foundation, channeling hundreds of thousands of dollars and resources to organizations that support the arts, women, public health, the hungry and the homeless.”
Aside from her humanitarian work and general awesomeness as a person, she’s one damn good musician. Brandi’s lyrics are always beautiful but fans have particularly appreciated the lyrics for Before it Breaks which is a great song. If you’re unfamiliar with Brandi, check out her breakout hit, The Story, as well as some of my favorites: Caroline, Dying Day, Raise Hell, Looking Out, Pride and Joy, 100, and I’ll Still be There.