Music Mondays: Brandi Carlile

This singer/songwriter and industry rebel isn't really interested in commercial success. “I would never write commercially or dress commercially or behave in any way that would inspire mainstream success," Brandi Carlile explains on her site. What does concern this undefinable talent is her connection with the legions of fans who show up for her live shows. Those dedicated fans have even more to appreciate with the release of Brandi's latest album, Bear Creek, named after the Washington studio where it was recorded. The track, "That Wasn't Me," is a melodic tale of addiction and the search for recovery. Its somber video stars noted performer Kris Kristofferson as a paroled prisoner trying to find himself outside the prison gates.

Brandi was born and raised in Ravensdale, Washington near Seattle. She's been performing since the age of seven and as a teen took pretty much any gig she was offered. When twin musicians Tim and Phil Hanseroth left the Fighting Machinists, Brandi bravely approached the brothers about forming a new group. All that work would paid off for Brandi and her new band when Columbia Records signed her in late 2004 after hearing some of the songs she recorded on her own. Brandi's debut album came out the following year and received enthusiastic reviews. In 2007, she followed-up with The Story, which led to ABC's Grey's Anatomy featuring several of her songs on the popular TV show. General Motors also showcased one of her songs in a high-profile commercial spot during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Give Up the Ghost in 2009 was another critically-acclaimed offering by the rising star and she diligently continued to tour. Now with her latest album, Brandi is reining in even larger crowds, but still somehow manages to stay grounded. That's just part of the reason we're true fans of this artist. We also love the fact that she donates $1 from every concert ticket sold to the Looking Out Foundation.

Check out the video for "That Wasn't Me" below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL's YouTube channel. While you're there, don'��t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.

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