Vanessa Carlton Talks About Her Newest Album, Liberman

Imagine starting out as a singer-songwriter and the first song you put out commercially goes to the top five and you have a Grammy nomination for Best Song of the Year.

Such was the case for singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton. She was signed to A&M records by the incredible age of 20 and her first single, A Thousand Miles, reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002. Her debut album, Be Not Nobody, followed and received a platinum certification in the United States. Be Not Nobody, with its hit single A Thousand miles, garned her a nomination by the Billboard Music Awards as Best New Artist and nominations for a Grammy Award as Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

But having a hit single isn't as smoothing sailing as you might think. In the podcast below on a phone call from her tour bus, Carlton talks about the difference between creating in her 20s for studio execs and creating in her 30s with a solid artistic vision. Over her favorite on-the-road, snack, we also discuss her creative process and influences, her new, fifth album, Liberman, and, of course, who she would invite to dinner.

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