Northwest native Brandi Carlile is engaged to be married to Catherine Shepherd and the two ladies have Sir Paul McCartney’s blessing.
“And my biggest news ever is that I got engaged!!!!!! I realize the Seattle Times beat us to the punch but its cool that they care! In these times and on the eve of Referendum 74 it’s really important for me to help raise awareness around marriage equality so I’m stoked that they took an interest,” Carlile told fansite Again Today.
She continued, “Catherine (my fiancée) and I met through her previous job as Charity Coordinator for none other than Sir Paul McCartney! Cath worked for him for the last ten years and lucky for me, Sir Paul gave us his blessing, so she’s left her job and her Country to come to the ol’ USA to be with me!”
Shepherd will join Carlile on the road as well as play a critical role in her charity – The Looking Out Foundation.
The singer said, “Over the last couple years Catherine took interest in the Looking Out Foundation and advised us on and supported several of our campaigns. She has amazing ideas and tons of experience in music and philanthropy…she lives for charity and I couldn’t feel more blessed to have her in my life. The twins and I are all VERY pleased to have appointed her as the Executive Director of the Looking out foundation and we know everyone is going to love getting to know her!”
Carlile bit the bullet and made the first move in asking Shepherd the big question. She told fans in the letter, “I wanted to tell you sooner but I though I’d wait until I got the nerve to pop the question so I could give you all the news at once!”
The singer cited Washington State’s Referendum 74 as a reason to be “more on the scene,” saying: “…its pressing and urgent that referendum 74 is on the table in my home state and I want marriage equality for everyone NOT just me.”
Regarding marriage equality, she recenly told MyNorthwest.com, “I wouldn’t call it a responsibility, it’s not nearly that ominous. It’s just kind of a privilege to be honest with you. I mean I was influenced by so many gay artists and celebrities and people in the public eye as a teenager living in a small town that I feel like it’s an honor to get to kind of be a role model in that way for other kids that might live in small towns, or that might need to know that when they grow up they’re allowed to get married.”
The Grey’s Anatomy staple (Carlile’s music has been picked up multiple times for the popular ABC series) is back on the road for a full tour scheduled to begin June 20 in Minnesota. “Ive been on the road for 8 years and I’ve decided touring is fucking exhausting!” she added in the letter.