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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 always think of vines and white chicks when this song comes on lol
*sings song to starbucks*
Follow for a follow
Follow for a follow
I like the chorus
She sings really good thumbs up and follow if you agree :)
White chicks!���� XD XD XD
Luv the song
Omg
salmacruz78
If you dont think about white chicks then bye
Was she on mermaids h2o mako mermaids cause she look s like the girl from there!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kisses 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 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 this is so scary because it works
tareianewby
William
daredevil179 2
Michelle branch is better
She looks like a vampire. And does she still sing?? :/
hollarkyle
Waiting for your 5th album. #Liberman
alvillarcora z o n 5
A thousand miles
~thousand miles~ me n my friends sing this song all the time???white chicks!
Love everything about Vanessa
Follow me and I will follow j back
Wtf is this it sucks
I only know this song from white chick's●__●
Vanessa i love your songs I am your very biggest fan
Love
Follow 4 follow
Me and my sisters sing this song and dance like crazy people!
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say your name
5. Say a school day
6. Post this to 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
Why do people keep saying white chicks
White chicks
Say that ur moms name 11 times urs 5 and ur crushes 3 and repost this to 3 songs and ur crush will kiss u on Friday

I love her songs
reminds me.of peter pan ♥
Why is this song on rap strength training? O.o
lynnmaya05
She seems good
Hey everyone it would be amazing of you followed me because you are all amazing and beautiful <3
She seems good
A thousand miles<3 follow me and I'll do the same!!:)
So I could just to see u 2nite
hollarkyle
Vanessa!!!!! Come out with another album soon!!!! YOU'RE FREAKING AMAZING!!!!! ! !
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tomorroe will be the best day of your life hoever if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you've started readinf so don't stop this is so scary put this on atlease 5 songs when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in bis letters this is so scary because it actully work
A thousand miles id walk for u :)
sarahbd3
I adore her song Thousand Miles!! I play the piano so I know how hard it is to play and sing at the same time.
She has a really good voice!!!
Haha white chicks lol
Two words: white chicks
Everytime i hear this i think of the best vines xD and white chicks lol
White chicks
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every time I hear this I think of white chicks. haha
The #1 song for vines.
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