Lesbian crooner and Highwomen singer Brandi Carlile just asked another purty lady to join her country supergroup: Ellen DeGeneres.
Carlile—a Grammy-winning music industry veteran, friend of Dolly Parton, and fierce advocate for social justice—appeared on DeGeneres’ talk show earlier this week alongside her bandmates Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires. The quartet spoke about forming the Highwomen and releasing their self-titled debut album to carve out space for more female artists in country music.
“Amanda [Shires] gave me a call,” Carlile said, “and we started putting together this group of women we love to try and represent more women and girl’s voices in country music.”
After explaining how the band formed and serenading the audience with a rendition of “Redesigning Women” with the group, Carlile decided to shoot her shot and asked DeGeneres to join the band.
Ellen has been the ultimate Highwoman to me since I came out of the closet in 1997 right after she did…but I'd say this train is offically unstoppable. @theellenshow has joined @thehighwomen pic.twitter.com/IvTbgDHfVG
— Brandi Carlile (@brandicarlile) October 3, 2019
Surprise, surprise: Ellen said yes.
“Ellen has been the ultimate Highwoman to me since I came out of the closet in 1997, right after she did,” the “Hold Out Your Hand” singer tweeted after the show was taped. “But I’d say this train is offically [sic] unstoppable. @theellenshow has joined @thehighwomen.”
The host, in turn, thanked the Highwomen for their time—and Carlile for lending her that killer hat.
Thanks for the hat.❤️
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 4, 2019
Watch Carlile and her bandmates’ full interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below.