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Brandi Carlile happy to be part of "Grey's Anatomy" operation

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You'll be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of the TV medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" than singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. [cq]

The series has used three songs from Carlile's self-titled 2005 debut album and even had her perform one of them, "Tragedy," live on the show's May 4 episode (a different version Carlile is now selling on iTunes). It's been a great promotional vehicle, obviously, and fortunately Carlile was into the show before she became part of it.

"Oh, totally I was," says Carlile, 25, who hails from rural Ravensdale, Wash., and made her public debut at age eight, singing country songs with her mother. "I had the whole first season on the bus before everything happened. It's a great, great show; there's a lot of good content in it -- well thought-out, funny, quirky...

"I can't believe we've been able to be part of such a cool show."

Now Carlile is hoping to capitalize on that support. She's re-releasing "Brandi Carlile" on Tuesday with some additional tracks, and even though she's written the songs for her second album already she plans to stay on the road to give her freshman effort the as much push as she can.

"The touring is, like, unbelievably fun and easy," she says. "I love getting to wake up in a new place every day. The performing is the best part, but we tour with fishing poles and stuff, and we try to pull off at lakes on the outskirts of town to relax and enjoy ourselves that way."

Brandi Carlile opens for The Fray on Wednesday (June 14) at Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com. Carlile and Penumbrae perform Fri

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