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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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It's Vanessa Carlton
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I love this song but I don't know who this artist is
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golgo 13 queen bee on youtube
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I'll get liberman on amazon in september
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ordinary day
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thanks
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Hi I love a thousand miles I bookmarked it THANK YOU! I'm you're lover main lover
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too bad she's a family woman now. She's a mom.
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Thousand Miles
#BestSongEve r
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Vanessa is too dark, quiet and intelligent to be a hippie.
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A thousand miles*
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I love walk a thousand miles
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tlandry is jelly of my musical library.
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The Dad of Vanessa's baby looks stupid. I I I is a lucky man but a bad father.
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Shut the hell up, nobody asked for your damn opinion
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tlandry043
Someone needs to slam the piano on her fingers so she can't play anymore. You all aren't 10 anymore. Cheesy teenage girl music went out 15 yrs ago. Grow up Aholes. Her voice is terrible . Sounds like this ugly looking hippy is deep throating the mic
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You're an a** @Nicko252008 is butthurt, if you don't like Vanessa Carlton that's your biz but you don't have to insult her. She is actually very talented. Can you sing like that? No? Alright, then s**t the hell up.
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I love this song so much that I love Vanessa Carlton too much now that it came from the movie white chicks
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tlandry043
This talentless hack needs to walk 1000 miles off a cliff so we won't have to hear anymore music from her
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Who ever doesn't like a thousand miles is weird!
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I love her song a thousand miles.
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Great song
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Anybody else remember this in White Chicks
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MAKIN MA WAY DOWNTOWN WALKIN FAST
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OHMYGOD
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This song was on pretty lairs it was so funny
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jorokmaeshil
Vanessa Hair Band!
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jilliangloss e n g e r
HAHA WHITE CHICKS XD!!!!
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Love this song
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i cant describe any words for the songs that she writes or sings for that matter
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Thanks to white chick i love this song. And her
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White Chicks tho.....
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This song in white chicks tho ��
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erikavan28
I remember Magcon did this song once. Good memories.
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Making my way downtown with my b**** she's gonna make me Sandwich
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Didn't she sign to murder inc with Ashanti and ja rule
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I love this song!
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This song will forever be one of my favorites❤️
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saraheberkne r
You know, I've seen several of those things that say If you don't post this you will die like there is below. I haven't reposted any of them and I haven't died yet. Of course, I will eventually, but I haven't been kissed yet either.
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i love this song
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She sounds like she's 12 years old.
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I can't wait to see you tomorrow *correct himself* tonight
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Vanessa in the house
My bf and i would live A Thousand Miles away together
#Thousand Miles
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wpbcajuns
A Thousand Miles is a good song
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lililovesmus i c 9 0 8
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow it will be the best day of your life. Now that you started reading don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
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White chicks!!!
I love this song ❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Haha! This reminds me of white chicks!(:
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good song
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If I could see my boyfriend tonight I would walk a thousand miles
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happyunicorn s 1 3 2
A thousand miles
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