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April 15, 2021

Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed memoir, Broken Horses, debuts this week at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list (Print Hardcover Nonfiction and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction).

Published by Crown—an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC—Broken Horses is receiving overwhelming critical praise: The New York Times Book Review heralds, “If you’re already a Brandi Carlile fan…there’s an excellent chance you’ll find ‘Broken Horses’ charming, funny, illuminating and poignant. If you’re not a fan, ‘Broken Horses’ might well make you into one, especially now, because the book feels like the antithesis of social distancing,” while Variety declares, “Carlile is that rare pop or rock star gifted with complete self-consciousness and confidence but also the soulful clairvoyance to read a room…even a really, really big, global room,” and the Associated Press asserts, “’Broken Horses,’ shines…It’s clear that through writing the full arc of her story, not only does the reader get to better know the Americana singer, but she begins to better understand herself…She’s perceptive, vulnerable, humble, funny and above all else, a good story teller. She’d already proven her storytelling chops as a lyricist and she proves them once again in these pages. She knows how to use a few words to make a big impact.”

In addition to the hardback a very special audiobook edition of the memoir, narrated by Carlile herself, will be released next Tuesday, April 20 on Random House Audio. In the book, Carlile opens up about a life shaped by music, including songs that inspired her and the true stories behind many of her lyrics, woven throughout the book at the end of each chapter. Exclusively for the audiobook, Carlile recorded new stripped-down, solo renditions of more than 30 of these songs, including her own and songs from other artists, from Dolly Parton to Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and more. See below for complete audiobook song list.

Carlile will continue her wildly successful “Broken Horses Virtual Book Tour” this week with three more events including a special conversation with Alicia Keys on Friday, April 16. Tickets for all of the events, which include a copy of the book, are on-sale now via See below for complete details.

In addition to her work as a musician and writer, Carlile is a founder of the Looking Out Foundation. Created in 2008 with longtime bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, Looking Out amplifies the impact of music by empowering those without a voice with varied initiatives including campaigns focused on Children in Conflict/War Child, The IF Project, Fund Racial Justice and more. To date, they have raised over $2 million for grassroots causes.