Brandi Carlile Wants to Work With More Women, Including Maren Morris Again
Brandi Carlile is still on a high after her three-award sweep at the 2019 Grammy Awards. The singer-songwriter spoke backstage about her wins, expressing a desire to work with more women in the industry, including doing more with country's own Maren Morris.
The two collaborated on a new song called "Common" from Morris' forthcoming Girl album.
Girl power and support for women was a theme of the Grammys, but Carlile acknowledged the lack of women in the industry currently. She admits she is confused how things have backslid, since women really led music in the '80s and '90s, and while she's bummed to see artists she loves being shut out of the radio and opportunities, "Tonight gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters."
When asked who she would like to work within the future, Carlile took a moment to process.
"I mean so many and I'd like to produce a lot of their records, too. Courtney Marie Andrews, Maggie Rogers, Jade Bird, Amanda Shires, Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris — I can go on and on — Andra Day," she says. "There are so many women, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, that I absolutely adore right now in music and we are leading the way."
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Carlile is certainly leading the way with not only her Grammy wins, but also powerful lyrics that resonate beyond the country/Americana audiences. Surprisingly, her hit single "The Joke" was actually a spur-of-the-moment addition to her album.
"'The Joke' was kind of a last minute thing that was spurred on by the taunting of Dave Cobb who made a comment to us that he didn't think we had a vocal moment as profound as 'The Story' since 'The Story,'" she recalls, "And that had been ten years. It was a bit of a hurtful assertion at first but once I got to thinking about it just raised the bar for me and we wrote 'The Joke.'"
Learning that her single was nominated for the all-genre Single of the Year was an eye-opening moment for he, too. "It was heartening to me. I feel like the song is about a coming redemption, it's about hope, but it's not about complacency it's a call to action," Carlile says. "So I think it says as much about the Academy and its ability to receive the lyric and what it means as it does about the actual work."
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