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Grammy Award Winner Brandi Carlile Named 2020 Record Store Day Ambassador

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By Brooks Brown

Singer-songwriter and producer Brandi Carlile has been named the 2020 Record Store Day Ambassador. The event falls on April 18 and has been represented in the past by musical recording artists including Jack White, Dave Gohl, St. Vincent and Chuck D.

Carlile has released six studio albums and earned eleven Grammy Award nominations, including one for "The Firewatcher's Daughter", six for "By the Way", "I Forgive You", and three for her work as producer and songwriter on Tanya Tucker’s 2019 album "While I’m Livin," according to her Wikipedia bio.

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Carlile was the most nominated woman at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards (six) including nominations for Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Record of the Year and Song of the Year ("The Joke"). In 2019, Carlile formed an all-female quartet with called The Highwomen. They released their debut album "The Highwomen"in 2019 to critical and commercial acclaim.

Born in Ravensdale, Wash., a rural town southeast of Seattle, Carlile dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, teaching herself piano and guitar. Her debut major label album, "Brandi Carlile", was released to critical acclaim yet achieved limited commercial success. Carlile garnered wider recognition with her 2007 single "The Story", from her album of the same name.

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According to the Record Day Store website this musical holiday of sorts was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently-owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores around the world.

The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

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This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.

Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet and greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on.

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On the first Record Store Day, Metallica spent hours at Rasputin Music in San Francisco meeting their fans and now each year hundreds of artists, internationally famous and from the block, flock to record stores around the world for performances, signings, meet and greets and to fill their own shopping bags with music.

In 2009, Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal) declared himself the "Record Store Day Ambassador" as a way of shouting out how important the stores were to artists and since then Joshua Homme (Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age), Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Metallica have worn the ceremonial sash. The Record Store Day Ambassador for 2019 is Pearl Jam.

The Seattle Times reports that Carlile is preparing for second round of shows with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall in Seattle this week.

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