American singer and songwriter Vanessa Lee Carlton, known professionally as Vanessa Carlton, was born on August 16, 1980 and raised in Milford, a tiny town in eastern Pennsylvania. She took piano lessons from her mother and composed her first song at the age 8.
Carlton attended the School of American Ballet in New York and upon completion of her education, chose to pursue singing and had performances in New York City bars and clubs as she attended Columbia University. While living in Hell’s Kitchen, Carlton played open-mike events before recording a demo with producer Peter Zizzo, and subsequently signing with A&M Records. The then label president Ron Fair took interest in her music and agreed to produce her debut, “Be Not Nobody”, which was released in 2002. The album’s biggest single, ‘A Thousand Miles’, garnered three (3) Grammy nominations and received massive airplay on radio playlists throughout the year. ‘Ordinary Day’ did not fare badly as well being a Top 40 hit. The album received a platinum certification in the United States.
Carlton’s second (2nd) album, “Harmonium”, released in 2004 -and produced by her then boyfriend and Third Eye Blind’s frontman, Stephen Jenkins -who also served as collaborator and background vocalist- failed to live in the footprints of its predecessor. Having barely sold more than 100,000 copies by the end of 2004, it put a strain on Carlton’s relationship with A&M which led to her exit from the label during the following summer.
She signed a new recording contract with Irv Gotti’s The Inc., and in 2007 released a third (3rd) studio album, “Heroes & Thieves”, which was unfortunately a fiasco too.
Carlton signed a new deal Razor & Tie in 2010 and recorded her fourth (4th) album “Rabbits on the Run”, which was released in 2011. It was followed by the November release of a Holiday EP “Hear the Bells”.
Carlton married John McCauley of Deer Tick on December 27, 2013, the couple had their first child in 2015 and in the autumn that same year, Carlton released her fifth (5th) album, “Liberman”.