The Story (song)

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"The Story"
Single by Brandi Carlile
from the album The Story
Released 2007
Recorded Vancouver
Genre Alternative rock
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Phil Hanseroth
Producer(s) T-Bone Burnett
Brandi Carlile singles chronology
"What Can I Say" "The Story"
"The Story"
Song by Sara Ramirez from the album Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event
Released March 31, 2011 (2011-03-31)

"The Story" is a song released as a single by American folk rock singer Brandi Carlile, written by Phil Hanseroth, from her 2007 album The Story. It was featured in Grey's Anatomy in 2007 and is on Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack album 3 (released September 11).

About four years later, a version of the song has been recorded by Grey's Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez and was first presented in the 2011 episode "Song Beneath the Song".

Composition and recording

"The Story" was written by Phil Hanseroth, who also plays bass in Carlile's band.[1] It has a 16-bar melody.[1] It was recorded in Vancouver, Canada and produced by T-Bone Burnett.

Release and promotion

"The Story" was released as a single in 2007. It was iTunes' Download of the Week in March 2007.[2] Carlile has performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Early Show.[3]

Along with other songs by Carlile, "The Story" received exposure to a wider audience by being played on the soundtrack to medical drama series Grey's Anatomy. The song, and parts of the video, appeared in 2007 in a special recap episode titled "Every Moment Counts".[2] The song was also used in a General Motors commercial that aired during television coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[4] "The Story" has become the most popular song from Carlile's album.[1]

Chart performance and reception

In the United States Brandi Carlile's "The Story" reached No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as No. 35 on the Adult Pop Songs chart and No. 48 on the Digital Songs chart.[2][5] The song peaked at No. 44 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, No. 3 on the Norwegian VG-lista chart, No. 16 on the Swiss singles chart and No. 38 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 chart.[6][7][8][9]

Tom Scanlon of The Seattle Times describes a live performance of "The Story" as "stunning" and "spine-chilling". He notes the transition within the song between acoustic pop-rock and "scream-singing" that resembles Janis Joplin.[3] A writer for Indianapolis Monthly also draws a comparison between Carlile's vocals and those of Joplin.[10]

Brandi Carlile version
Chart (2007-08) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 3
Portugal (Billboard) 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 75
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[16] 35
Sara Ramirez version
Song Year Peak chart positions Album
"The Story" 2011 69 72 34 Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez version

In 2011, "The Story" was again featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. The series 7 episode "Song Beneath the Song" was a special musical episode that included renditions of popular songs performed by the show's characters. In the episode Sara Ramirez, in the role of Callie Torres, sings "The Story".[20] Ramirez' version of the song was included as a track on her 2011 extended play, Sara Ramirez and the 2011 album Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event.

LeAnn Rimes version

Country music artist LeAnn Rimes released her version of the song on 24 June 2016 in the UK. It is the first single from her studio album Remnants, to be released in October, and the first under her new label RCA UK. The song was written by Phil Hanseroth and first recorded by Brandi Carlile. Rimes promoted the track in the UK on BBC 1 The One Show and at London's LGBT venue 'Heaven', but the track did not enter any UK commercial charts.

Rimes has indicated that she feels a strong connection with the track. In an interview with Billboard, she said "I fully embrace the journey I am on and have a deeper understanding of how every piece of my story serves a purpose in my evolution as a woman and an artist,This song is not only a love song but a song of self-acceptance and appreciation for life."[21]

A music video was released following the single's release date. [22]


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  11. ^ " – Brandi Carlile – The Story". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ " – Brandi Carlile – The Story" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ " – Brandi Carlile – The Story". VG-lista.
  14. ^ " – Brandi Carlile – The Story". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ Billboard
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  19. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 7 April 2011". Chart-Track. GfK. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ Abrams, Natalie (March 28, 2011), "Everything You Need to Know About the Grey's Anatomy Musical Episode", TV Guide, retrieved September 10, 2011 
  21. ^ "LeAnn Rimes Announces New Single On RCA UK, 'The Story'". Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
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