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Brandi Carlile was named as the Record Store Day 2020 Ambassador.

Brandi Carlile Named Record Store Day 2020 Ambassador

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By Nicole Caropolo

Brandi Carlile is a singer-songwriter with several Grammy wins under her belt. Her music can't be classified as one genre as it is often described as pop, rock, alternative country and folk. She has also been recently named as the Record Store Day 2020 Ambassador.

The first Record Store Day was held in 2008. It shines a spotlight on independent record stores, and the people that keep them running, to celebrate the culture that surrounds vinyl records as well as the community that they have created.

Past RSD Ambassadors are Huge Names in Music

Dave Grohl was the Record Store Day 2015 Ambassador.
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Record Store Day is celebrated across the world in thousands of independently owned record stores. The festivities often include artist meet-and-greets and live performances. There are also CD and vinyl releases and exclusive promotional products.

An ambassador has been named every year since 2009, with names including Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Pearl Jam and Metallica.

Carlile made the announcement on Friday, Feb. 21, with a video from her Seattle attic recording studio, sitting alongside "the twins," Phil and Tim Hanseroth, her bandmates.

She Made the Announcement in a Video with her Bandmates

Brandi Carlile is a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter.
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In the video, she talked about the importance of independent record stores and what they do for both musicians and their listeners.

“What independent record stores do is that they mine, archive, love, meticulously care for, and make available to you other people’s dreams," Carlile said.

Carlile added, “The Twins and I have never made an album that we didn’t intend to be in an independent record store. Thank you so much for recognizing this love in me and the Twins and giving us this opportunity. We won’t let you down.”

One of the Co-Founders Released a Statement About the Ambassador Choice

A RSD co-founder said that Brandi Carlile has always been on the racks of record stores.
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Carrie Colliton is one of the co-founders for Record Store Day and she put out a statement about Carlile's connection to record stores and why she was a perfect fit as an ambassador.

“Brandi’s career has woven through record stores from the beginning, and I can barely remember when there hasn’t been a Brandi Carlile record in their racks and on their charts,” Colliton said. “Record stores really are tastemakers—in all genres, across the country—and they’ve been shouting about Brandi and the Twins for years.

Visit An Independent Record Store Near You


If your ideal afternoon involves putting the "Abbey Road" album on your record player as opposed to putting Spotify on your Bluetooth speaker, then you should probably check out this year's Record Store Day.

Record Store Day 2020 will be held on April 18. If you're interested in the annual worldwide event, you can find the participating stores in your area by visiting the Record Store Day website. You can also stay updated on RSD news and releases that are slated for the event.

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