Vanessa Lee Carlton (born August 16, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her debut album, Be Not Nobody (2002) released by A&M Records, received a platinum certification in the United States, and her debut single "A Thousand Miles" spent 41 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned three Grammy nominations. The album also spawned the singles "Ordinary Day" and "Pretty Baby". Her next album, Harmonium (2004) debuted at number 33 on the Billboard 200. The album marked a stalwart divergence from pressure from record label executives who wanted to influence the recording. After departing from A&M in 2005, Carlton released Heroes & Thieves in 2007. Despite minimal chart success, the album was a critical success, receiving praise from Metacritic, Allmusic, PopMatters, and USA Today. Carlton independently produced her next two albums, Rabbits on the Run (2011) and Liberman (2015), which were acclaimed by critics for both its personal subject matter and departure from her previous musical style. She released her sixth studio album Love Is an Art in 2020, and has additionally released the EPs Hear The Bells (2012) and Blue Pool (2015). She made her Broadway debut with a leading role in the Carole King musical Beautiful in 2019.

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