On the creative front, Carlile recently released her fierce new album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter." It's a raw and rootsy collection that features her powerhouse vocals and the spot-on harmonies of longtime musical partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth (known as the Twins).She's currently on tour, and shares a bill with Old Crow Medicine Show at Ravinia on Friday.Personally and professionally, her life is thriving.Carlile and her wife, Catherine Shepherd, are the proud parents of daughter Evangeline, who recently celebrated her first birthday.Carlile's music through the years has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, and folk.She said of her style, "I've gone through all sorts of vocal phases, from pop to blues to R&B, but no matter what I do, I just can't get the country and western out of my voice." Carlile has been a part of several activism campaigns and advocates for causes ranging from spreading awareness for health issues to women empowerment.Northwest native Brandi Carlile is engaged to be married to Catherine Shepherd and the two ladies have Sir Paul Mc Cartney’s blessing.“And my biggest news ever is that I got engaged!!!!!!
The singer said, “Over the last couple years Catherine took interest in the Looking Out Foundation and advised us on and supported several of our campaigns.“There was storming out of rooms, there were tears, there were group hugs.” It was far from business as usual for the longtime collaborators, who were startled by their own outbursts. We were looking at each other, going ‘Are we Fleetwood Mac right now?’” rivals that 1977 classic in both breadth and intensity.The last few years have been filled with change for Brandi Carlile.The singer-songwriter left her longtime major label Columbia, took a three-year recording hiatus, signed to the artist-friendly indie ATO and prepared for first-time motherhood.She continued, “Catherine (my fiancée) and I met through her previous job as Charity Coordinator for none other than Sir Paul Mc Cartney!Cath worked for him for the last ten years and lucky for me, Sir Paul gave us his blessing, so she’s left her job and her Country to come to the ol’ USA to be with me!Carlile garnered wider recognition for her 2007 single The Story, from the album of the same name, was a greater commercial success, and was used by General Motors for commercials.Carlile has released six albums including The Story (2007), Give Up the Ghost (2009) and Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony (2011), the last reaching number 14 on the Top Rock Albums chart.That’s a direct outcome of the real life feel-for-all the band encountered while making its forthcoming album, (available March 3).“You should’ve seen the fireworks in the studio,” says the Washington native.