Vanessa Carlton
Vanessa Carlton helped usher in a new era of female songwriters with her song "A Thousand Miles," one of the biggest hits of 2002 and her work since then has been equally stunning.
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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. Carlton continues to perfect her sweeping, cinematic pop sound with her distinct voice and piano virtuosity at the forefront. "Liberman," Vanessa Carlton’s fifth album is her first since 2011’s "Rabbits On The Run," an album inspired by Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Richard Adam’s Watership Down. The new album is inspired by Joseph Campbell’s "The Power of Myth," Aldous Huxley’s "The Doors of Perception," and a colorful oil painting by her grandfather Alan J. Lee, who was originally named Liberman. The painting, created in 1963, hangs in Carlton’s home and showcases three woman captured in swirling pastel colors. She wrote many songs while looking at the image, eventually deciding to call the album after her grandfather. 

  

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