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Vanessa Carlton

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. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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I love the song a thousand miles
Love her song breath!! Rock and pop music = life.
follow for follow:)
syndysander
I honestly do NOT like this song.
This song makes me think of White Chicks ��
I know her because she is a female Marty Friedman.
Lol I only know her bc of white chicks :S
Baby id walk a thousand miles to see u
Slay
I love your song a thousand miles
I haven't listened to vanessa Carlton's music in a while... She's still amazing to me❤
White chicks
I have a cousin named Vanessa and I am dana silva silva
Say iphone 5times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
Follow for a follow!!!!
U rocked
I don't like her song at all
I sent her a fan letter I hope she writes back!
Add my 100th follower Asdfjkl; FOLLOW FOR A FOLLOW!
I don't think (one direction is anything like her she actually CAN sing!
She sounds realy realy amazing =)
Anybody else think of white chicks omfg lol
I mean in white chicks
This isn't that good only in white did it work
White chicks this song cracks me up
She's ok
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Bit it's a very nice kind song
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Cause I need you (shake my head)
And I still miss you (sake my head
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XDXDXDXDXDXD X D X D X D
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Cause this song was vines
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This song makes me laugh my butt off
WHITE CHICKS. I LOVE THAT MOVIE ������
I'm sorry but this song makes me laugh.�� but u sing good.��
The movie White chicks
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
This song reminds me of the game Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess��
She has a good voice,and also this song reminds me of the movie white chicks!
godlydiva3
Your a good singer!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Vanessa Carlton is so good!! She's very talented- do you know how hard it is too sing while playing piano?! I tried its hard! ^.^
Vanessa Carlton's voice is AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Go music
alowe11142
Are you talking about black girls? If you are stop!!!!From a eight year old
WHITE CHIIICCKS
I laugh when I hear this song cuz white chicks
Don't read this because it actual works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post it this you will die in two days.now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
BLACK CHICKS?
WHITE CHICKS!!!!
I absolutely love this song
This song reminds me of years ago when I'd sing it in the car. I still love it :)
XD. Ordinary days ;D perfect
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