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Vanessa Carlton

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Along with Michelle Branch and Nelly Furtado, Vanessa Carlton helped usher in a new era of female songwriters during the early 2000s. "A Thousand Miles," her first single, was one of the biggest songs of 2002, topping the pop charts in America and cracking the Top Ten in England. None of her subsequent singles came close to matching that song's success, but Carlton continued releasing albums into the following decade, fine-tuning a sweeping, cinematic pop sound that featured her vocals and piano skills at the forefront. Raised in Milford, a tiny town in eastern Pennsylvania, Vanessa Carlton took piano lessons from her mother and composed her first song as an eight-year-old. Several years later, she was accepted into the School of American Ballet in New York. Despite being one of the best dancers in her class, she became frustrated with the strictness of the discipline and began to look elsewhere for inspiration, eventually winding up at the piano located inside her Manhattan dorm. Carlton began writing songs again, reaching beyond the classical music of her youth to incorporate influences from pop artists like Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. When it came time to graduate, she halted her dancing career and enrolled at Columbia University instead, where she continued to work on her songwriting. Carlton spent a pair of years waiting tables in Lower Manhattan, living in Hell's Kitchen, and playing open-mike events before signing with A&M Records. Label president Ron Fair took particular interest in her music and agreed to produce Be Not Nobody, which became Carlton's major-label debut in early 2002. "A Thousand Miles" was the album's crown jewel, earning three Grammy nominations and dominating radio playlists throughout the year, while "Ordinary Day" also enjoyed success as a Top 40 hit. Carlton toured heavily in support of the platinum-selling album, sharing stages with bands like Third Eye Blind and Goo Goo Dolls along the way. She also began dating Third Eye Blind's frontman, Stephen Jenkins, and duetted with Counting Crowes on a popular cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Carlton began recording her second album in June 2003, with Jenkins serving as her producer, collaborator, and background vocalist. Together, the two spent a year creating Harmonium, a confessional and somewhat dark album that was markedly different from her first record. Public response was different, too, and Harmonium dropped out of the Top 40 during its second week of release. By the end of 2004, it had barely sold more than 100,000 copies, which worsened Carlton's relationship with A&M and led to her exit from the label during the following summer. Carlton continued writing songs with help from Linda Perry (a collaborator from the Harmonium sessions) and Jenkins. In a surprise move, she also signed a new recording contract with The Inc., a label owned by rap mogul Irv Gotti. Perry, Jenkins, and Gotti all shared production duties on 2007's Heroes & Thieves, a diverse album that received strong reviews but, like its predecessor, failed to sell well. Jenkins and Carlton ended their relationship soon after the album's release, and her tenure with The Inc. proved to be similarly short. By 2010, she had partnered with another label, Razor & Tie, and briefly decamped to the U.K. to record her fourth album. Rabbits on the Run was released the following year. Carlton supported the album with a tour, and a holiday EP called Hear the Bells appeared that November. Over the next few years, she worked steadily on her next album while also starting a family with Deer Tick's John McCauley; the pair married on December 27, 2013 and had their first child in 2015. In the autumn of 2015, Carlton released her fifth album, Liberman. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Vanessa Carlton

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    Rabbits on the Run

    11 songs

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    Heroes & Thieves

    11 songs

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    Be Not Nobody

    4 songs

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    Hear The Bells

    10 songs

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    Liberman

    18 songs

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    Liberman [Deluxe]

    4 songs

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    Blue Pool

    12 songs

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    Icon

    11 songs

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    Harmonium

    1 song

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    Nothing Where Something Used to Be

    1 song

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    Operator

    1 song

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    Willows

    1 song

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    Young Heart

    1 song

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    I'll Wait for You

    2 songs

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    Songs for Slim: Just for the Hell of It/From the Git Go

    1 song

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    Nolita Fairytale

    1 song

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    White Houses [Digital Single]

    1 song

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    Carousel

    12 songs

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    Be Not Nobody

    12 songs

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    Harmonium

    16 songs

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    Be Not Nobody [UK Bonus Tracks]

    4 songs

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    Hear the Bells

    3 songs

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    A Thousand Miles [Enhanced]

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    Ordinary Day [Import CD]

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Top Songs by
Vanessa Carlton

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  2.   A Thousand Miles
  3.   Ordinary Day
  4.   White Houses
  5.   Greensleeves
  6.   Heroes & Thieves
  7.   Hands on Me
  8.   Carousel
  9.   Do You Hear What I Hear
  10.   Home
  11.   Take It Easy
  12.   River
  13.   Operator
  14.   Twilight
  15.   Matter of Time
  16.   House of Seven Swords
  17.   Nothing Where Something Used to Be
  18.   Blue Pool
  19.   Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  20.   Hear the Bells
  21.   Fools Like Me
  22.   The One
  23.   The Wreckage
  24.   Half a Week Before the Winter
  25.   Private Radio
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Vanessa Carlton

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    Sunday In The Park

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    Sing-A-Long Songs

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    All-Time Hits

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    Now THIS Is Music

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    Soft Hits

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    '80s, '90s & Today

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    New Holiday Hits

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    Eclectic Rock


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