Embracing a Healthy Family: Brandi Carlile Give Up the Ghost CD Review

Brandi Carlile Give Up the Ghost CD Review

I never heard of Brandi Carlile but when the One2One Network offered me a chance to listen to her CD for free, I took them up on it.  I love my Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. CDs so I thought that Brandi must be good as well. 

I wanted to find out more about Brandi, the singer and song writer, as I like to understand their background and music genre a little more.  I will note that I will not just agree to listen to any music as the initial review offer was appealing since there was a comparison if you like KT Tunstall, Indigo Girls or Missy Higgens, you will most likely enjoy Brandi's third CD Give Up the Ghost.

Brandi was inspired after seeing the Indigo Girls in a Lilith Fair concern and soon picked up a guitar and learned to play.  Her second album, The Story, debuted on Billboard's Top 200 and rose to 2nd on iTunes which is pretty impressive for a new artist. She's also been on tour with one of my favorites, The Dave Mathews Band, which was really my draw to review this CD.

She has multiple genres that she could fit under whether it's pop, country or folk.  Her voice can handle upper and lower ranges as she's a natural.  If you like the folksy/country sound, you will love Brandi.  Some of the songs are very soothing and relaxing while some are a little on the sad side.  It's obvious she grew up with country and western music. 

  • Looking Out
  • Dying Day 
  • Pride And Joy 
  • Dreams 
  • That Year 
  • Caroline 
  • Before It Breaks 
  • I Will 
  • If There Was No You 
  • Touching The Ground 
  • Oh Dear

Her music has also appeared on several episodes of Grey's Anatomy.


This album is a great collection of work with some of the best.  Elton John was taken by her when she had the opportunity to work with him on this album:  “Brandi has an amazing voice,” he says. “She’s a great songwriter and has a tremendous career ahead of her.”  She also worked with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.

See her in concert:

Oct 10 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

Oct 11 Birmingham, AL Workplay Soundstage
Oct 12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Oct 14 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 15 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Oct 16 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Oct 20 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
Oct 22 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct 24 Seattle, WA The Paramount

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