Brandi Carlile has a date. Well, a year’s worth anyway. The out singer-songwriter is touring all over the place in support of her third studio album, Give Up the Ghost. But the dates she’s most excited about include a slew of summer shows as part of Sarah McLachlan’s newly restored Lilith Fair — a festival tour that Carlile says she not only attended but one that also helped shape her career.
AfterEllen.com caught up with Carlile to discuss Lilith Fair, her career post-coming out, and the fan campaign to have her on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
AfterEllen.com: “The Story” was just covered on American Idol. What did you think?
AE: Think it’ll help with the Facebook campaign to have you appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show?
AE: A lot of your career dreams have been coming true this year: Recording with Elton John, being asked to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and tour with Lilith Fair. How excited were you to be asked to be a part of it?
I was a part of that culture that came out of those few years but then also even if I had never gone to Lilith Fair, music festivals would have impacted my career because it paved the way for girls like me, my age, making music right now.
AE: How important are festivals like Lilith and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors to out performers?
We’re going to have country music, soul, rock ’n roll, folk and bluegrass. There’s going to be the older generation, younger generation, gay artists and straight artists. Men are going to want to come out to see those women perform, too, because the gender divide is getting narrower and narrower. It’s a great time to be alive.