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All Songs +1: Brandi Carlile Reflects On 10 Years Of 'The Story'

NPR Music's Ann Powers talks with Brandi Carlile about the singer's efforts to raise money and awareness for children who are affected by war and conflict.
Cover Stories, a new compilation of artists covering Brandi Carlile's The Story, released on May 5. Source: Courtesy of the artist

The new album Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story (An Album to Benefit War Child) was never meant to be a tribute. Brandi Carlile is far too modest and clear-headed to puff herself up that way. Instead, this reinterpretation of her most popular release, by a select group of Carlile's musical peers, was motivated by her determination — as a new mother — that children affected by conflict worldwide needed attention and aid. Carlile's belief in this cause convinced some big names — Adele, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton

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