In The Studio, Interview In the Studio: Brandi Carlile Narrates Her Memoir BROKEN HORSES

Six-time Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, performer, and producer Brandi Carlile has been telling stories through her songs for decades, and now fans can hear her heartfelt audiobook narration of her memoir, BROKEN HORSES (Books on Tape; on sale now).

In the book, Carlile opens up about a life shaped by music, including songs that inspired her and the true stories behind many of her lyrics, woven throughout the book at the end of each chapter.

 

Carlile recorded new stripped-down, solo renditions of more than 30 songs, including her own and songs from other artists, from Dolly Parton to Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and more, available exclusively on the audiobook.

Learn more about what it was like for Brandi Carlile to narrate her own audiobook:  

“I’ve always loved telling stories from the stage during my shows, which turned out to be good practice for writing BROKEN HORSES and narrating the audiobook,” says Carlile. “Revisiting the stories behind many of those songs and recording them, just me and my guitar or a piano, made me fall in love with them all over again.”Brandi Carlile
“I’ve always loved telling stories from the stage during my shows, which turned out to be good practice for writing BROKEN HORSES and narrating the audiobook. Revisiting the stories behind many of those songs and recording them, just me and my guitar or a piano, made me fall in love with them all over again.”

In BROKEN HORSES, Carlile describes her impoverished childhood in a dysfunctional but loving family, her first break opening for Dave Matthews Band, and many sleepless tours over fifteen years and six studio albums with long-time collaborators Phil and Tim Hanseroth, all while raising two children with her wife, Catherine Carlile, along the way. This hard-won success has led her to collaborations with personal heroes like Elton John, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Pearl Jam, Tanya Tucker, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her peers in the supergroup The Highwomen, and ultimately to the Grammy stage, where she converted millions of viewers into instant fans.

Listen to a clip and discover more about this candid, heartfelt, and intimate story:

Broken Horses
Author: Brandi Carlile
Read by: Brandi Carlile
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Evocative and piercingly honest, BROKEN HORSES shares Carlile’s journey from childhood singing competitions (including one where she performed Elton John’s “Honky Cat” in a white suit bedazzled by her mother) to busking at Pike Place Market in Seattle, grinding years crisscrossing the country on tour, the band’s babies in tow, and the incredible success of her 2018 album By the Way, I Forgive You, which received six Grammy nominations, three wins, and made her the most nominated female artist of the year. Like Carlile’s albums, this audiobook is an unforgettable listen.
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