Yamaha Welcomes Brandi Carlile to its Piano Roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 30, 2007) — Newly welcomed Yamaha artist Brandi Carlile didn't waste any time choosing a Yamaha instrument for her upcoming fall tour. Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. is proud to announce the gifted singer/songwriter will be playing a Yamaha CLP-280 Clavinova digital piano.

"Brandi is a talented, budding artist with a rich voice and soulful lyrics," says Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. "I'm pleased that she is able to find a partner to her music in a Yamaha piano."

Brandi has been given the coveted title of a VH1 "You Oughta Know Artist" and she will headline the 2007 tour of the same name. The tour, which begins Sept. 6 in Eugene, Oregon and wraps up in Seattle on Nov. 2, will also feature another newly endorsed Yamaha artist A Fine Frenzy.

Columbia Records signed Brandi in late 2004 on the strength of songs periodically recorded at her home. Her self-titled debut album, released in 2005, quickly heralded Brandi as an important new singer/songwriter and earned her the title of one of Rolling Stone magazines "10 Artists to Watch in 2005."

Shortly after the release of her debut album, Brandi left her home of Seattle and set out for a life on the road. She spent the better part of the next two years playing all across the country. By the end of 2006, she had embarked on several headlining tours and supported a variety of artists including Ray LaMontagne, Indigo Girls, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos and Shawn Colvin. Brandi found an even wider audience when the hit ABC drama Grey's Anatomy showcased three of Brandi's songs in 2007.

Brandi's second album, The Story, was produced in stark contrast to her first, more homemade session that took more than a year to produce. She recorded the album over an 11-day session in a studio in Vancouver. The result was a soulful, authentic and slightly raw album filled with emotion and grit. It was this intensity and authenticity of her music that initially caught the attention of the Grammy Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett, who came on board to produce The Story. The new album sounds much more like one of her live concerts than her self-titled debut album. However Brandi is quick to explain that if you've seen her play, then you'll realize this is the direction she's been heading in the whole time.

Yamaha Welcomes Brandi Carlile to its Piano Roster
— She Will Play a CLP-280 on Upcoming Tour —