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Seattle singer Brandi Carlile honored with MoPOP Founders Award

Washington native Brandi Carlile grew up in Ravensdale, about 30 miles outside of Seattle. But now her voice is known around the world.

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is known worldwide for her distinct voice and moving lyrics. Despite global fame, the three-time Grammy Award winner has her roots firmly planted in the Pacific Northwest. 

Carlile grew up in Ravensdale, a quaint, wooded area of King County. That's about a 30-minute drive from Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture, where Carlile greeted a sold-out crowd on Tuesday night. 

MoPOP honored Carlile with the Founders Award, their signature honor. The museum said, "As a tireless champion for female and emerging artists, Carlile's commitment to raising all voices exemplifies MoPOP's mission to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect."

Carlile was scheduled to perform on Tuesday, but was sidelined by laryngitis. In front of a packed crowd of fans and fellow musicians, Carlile joked, "Just to bring this whole thing back to reality, I might be the only recipient of this award to have busked and asked for money outside the building."

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A young artist from nearby Maple Valley recently paid tribute to Carlile on a national stage. Teen singing sensation Benicio Bryant performed Carlile's hit song "The Joke" on America's Got Talent

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