If you haven't listened to Brandi Carlile yet, you should. After seeing her phenomenal performance last night at Monmouth University's Pollak Theatre, I walked away in complete awe. Not only is she a pitch-perfect singer, she can rock the guitar and her onstage banter with the audience is always comical.
Whether she was telling the crowd her stories of working with Elton John (he turned her onto Kings of Leon) and her mother's love for the band ("One of the top 5 things you never want to hear your mom sing is 'Sex on Fire'") or covering impeccable American standards like Patsy Cline's "You Belong To Me," and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," she captured the crowd's attention wholeheartedly.
This week's song of the week is Carlile's first single off her latest release, Give Up the Ghost. For all of you wondering what "Dreams" is about, she filled me in last night: "It's a song that's inspired by sex dreams. That's basically what it is. They can be really inspiring." I have to admit, I've never been told that in an interview. Watch the video for "Dreams" below and be sure to catch Brandi on the road and touring with Lilith Fair this summer!