Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, producer and New York Times Best Selling author Brandi Carlile is nominated for five awards at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Record of the Year (“Right On Time”), Song of the Year (“Right On Time” and “A Beautiful Noise” performed by Carlile and Alicia Keys), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Right On Time”) and Best American Roots Performance (“Same Devil” with Brandy Clark). The live awards ceremony will be broadcast Monday, January 31 at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CBS.
The nominations add to yet another monumental year for Carlile, who released her acclaimed #1 new album, In These Silent Days, earlier this fall. In the weeks following, Carlile made her debut as the musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with host Jason Sudeikis performing “Broken Horses” and “Right On Time,” returned to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to debut “You And Me On The Rock” and debuted “This Time Tomorrow” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Most recently, Carlile performed Mitchell’s legendary album Blue in its entirety at Carnegie Hall. Of the sold-out performance, Billboard proclaims, “an extraordinary concert…who better to take on this homage but Carlile, who has taken up Mitchell’s still brightly burning torch, as one of the finest songwriters and singers of this era.”
Released on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records, In These Silent Days debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, Top Rock Albums chart and Tastemaker Albums chart (stream/purchase here). Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the record was inspired by the mining of Carlile’s own history while writing this year’s #1 New York Times Best Selling memoir, Broken Horses (Crown), and conceived of while she was quarantined at home with longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. The ten songs chronicle acceptance, faith, loss and love and channel icons like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Joni Mitchell—the latter two who, by some sort of cosmic alignment of the stars, have turned out to be close friends in addition to being her biggest heroes and inspirations.
Critical acclaim for In These Silent Days…
“Larger than life and achingly human…she empathizes, apologizes and lays out accusations. She’s righteous and she’s self-doubting. She proffers fond lullabies and she unleashes full-throated screams.”—The New York Times
“absolutely breathtaking, across the whole album Brandi Carlile pulls out all the stops. It’s just extraordinary…she’s just claiming rock god status”—NPR Music
“a huge vocal range. She does these songs that start off soft and vulnerable and then they just knock you down.”—NPR Morning Edition
“Carlile effortlessly glides between octaves while, somehow, still sounding completely conversational—the everyday diva we didn’t know we needed until she showed up at our door…a vocal tour de force”—Variety
“Heartfelt and intimate even when Carlile is aiming her songs toward the rafters, In These Silent Days is sure to please the longtime fans”—Los Angeles Times
“Brandi Carlile is a portrait of grace and acceptance on In These Silent Days” —Entertainment Weekly
“the emotion that Carlile projects is unbridled, unfettered joy in the face of hard times—and it’s the exact boost of positivity that will make you want to listen again and again.”—Billboard
“it’s the kind of vulnerable, complicated statement that has made her such a relatable artist” —Rolling Stone
“one of the biggest voices in the genre”—Vulture
“she has built a remarkable reputation for writing sweeping roots-rock ballads that defy genre categorization and bring comfort to fans who might also feel out of step with heteronormative culture.”—Stereogum
“cements her as one of music’s biggest superstars”—Spin
“This is, in every way, a crowning affair, one that’s destined to be considered a high point in Carlile’s ever-expansive career…In These Silent Days consistently speaks volumes.” —American Songwriter
“The album is filled with sweeping instrumental compositions and emotional crescendos…it’s Brandi Carlile’s signature, genre-bending sound, just turned all the way up.”—Bustle
“With her talent and charisma, and this group around her, it’s no wonder Carlile is the star she was always meant to be”—Paste
“it’s the most dynamic and unflinching collection of her career…she sings with beautiful precision”—The Seattle Times
“a lyric poet and storyteller in the truest sense”—The Advocate
“a set of honest, pure new originals that now sit proudly in the Brandi Carlile songbook.”—Relix
“Rejoice, Americana faithful…Carlile spins cinematic piano rock worthy of her hero-friend Elton John, matched by introspective storytelling and a booming vocal performance.”—The Tennessean
“It’s classic Carlile, taking some of the most profound experiences in life and being able to capture them perfectly in a three-minute song…she once again proves why she’s one of the best songwriters and performers in music”—OUT
“yet another triumph for this singular artist, a preeminent voice of our times whose command of vocal and musical dynamics is the perfect complement for both her straightforward and oft ambiguous lyrics.”—Glide
“an eclectic, beautifully produced collection of songs with both wisdoms and melodies that will get stuck in your head.”—Sojourners
“The six-time Grammy winner sounds even more lustrous and evocative…her alto shimmers and her Nashville production team shines in every note.”—Music Row
“This is a stone-cold, instant classic – one that should cement Carlile and her collaborators at the forefront of the warm embrace of mainstream Americana.”—Holler
“It is, as usual, Carlile’s voice that’s the instrument that shines brightest – from delicate to forceful, emotional cracks to an outright howl”—Americana Highways
“shows just how skillful a singer Carlile has become: She shifts effortlessly between wavery murmur, fluttery falsetto and stratospheric roar.”—RIFF Magazine
In celebration of the new music, Carlile will perform a series of landmark shows next year as part of her newly confirmed “Beyond These Silent Days Tour” including Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre on June 11, Los Angeles’ The Greek Theatre on June 24 and 25, Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre on July 8 and 9, St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on July 30, Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on August 6, D.C.’s Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 18, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 9 and 10, Boston’s TD Garden on October 21 and New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 22. Special guests featured on the tour include (in alphabetical order): Allison Russell, Ani DiFranco, Brittany Howard, Celisse, Indigo Girls, Lake Street Dive, Lucius and Sarah McLachlan. See below for complete itinerary. Full details can be found at www.brandicarlile.com.
In These Silent Days follows Carlile’s 2018 breakthrough GRAMMY Award-winning album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which Rolling Stone declared, “…an Adele-meets Joni Mitchell tour de force.” In the years since—in addition to collaborative projects with Elton John, The Highwomen, Tanya Tucker, Soundgarden, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Barry Gibb, Leslie Jordan, Brandy Clark and more—she has earned six Grammy Awards recognizing her work as a performer, songwriter and producer, 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 including 2021’s Artist of the Year, 2020’s Album of the Year (Highwomen), Group of the Year (The Highwomen) and Song of the Year (“Crowded Table”) and 2019’s Artist of the Year. Moreover, the audiobook version of Carlile’s memoir was recently highlighted as one of Libro.fm’s top 10 bestselling audiobooks of 2021.
In addition to their work as a band, Carlile and the Hanseroth twins remain committed to social activism and advocacy. Together they are founders of the Looking Out Foundation, which 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 and more. To date, they have raised over $2 million for grassroots causes.
Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.
In 2012, Saliers and her Indigo Girls partner Amy Ray embarked on a bold new chapter, collaborating with a pair of orchestrators to prepare larger-than-life arrangements of their songs to perform with symphonies around the country. The duo found an elusive sonic sweet spot with the project, creating a seamless blend of folk, rock, pop, and classical that elevated their songs to new heights without scarifying any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music for decades. Now, after more than 50 performances with symphonies across America, the experiences has finally been captured in all its grandeur on the band’s stunning new album, ‘Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.’
The power of unity, both in music and in life, has been an Indigo Girls calling card ever since they burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. Since then, the band has racked up a slew of Gold and Platinum records, taken home a coveted GRAMMY Award, and earned the respect of high profile peers and collaborated from Michael Stipe to Joan Baez. NPR’s Mountain Stage called the group “one of the finest folk duos of all time” while Rolling Stone said “they personify what happens when two distinct sensibilities, voices, and worldviews come together to create something transcendentally its own.”
The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes – the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Both on and off the stage, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation.