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The Dose: Vanessa Carlton looks ahead to what’s next

The Dose: Vanessa Carlton looks ahead to what’s next

The Dose: Vanessa Carlton looks ahead to what’s next
March 21
23:58 2017

While most people recognize her as the voice behind “A Thousand Miles,” singer Vanessa Carlton is ready to get some new songs stuck in people’s heads.

Carlton has been hard at work creating new music and producing albums in order to showcase her growing talent, new experiences and unique views on life.

With “Liberman,” “Liberman Live” and “Earlier Things Live,” her three latest albums, she’s ready to show her audience all she can do through her current tour.

“Music is transcending,” Carlton said. “I think it leads to deeper affection in human beings. [There’s] a really special connection between living things and music.”

Her love of music began close to her heart – at home. Carlton grew up in a musical household, where both of her parents either played or performed music almost everyday.

Carlton’s interest in performing came from her mother, who was a pianist and a teacher.

“She would teach piano out of our house,” Carlton said. “As early as I can remember, there were always kids over learning how to play piano at my house. We had at least three pianos in the house at all time. Always one grand piano, and a bunch of uprights everywhere. It was inescapable, and was really a nice way to grow up.”

Much of her work is influenced by her family as well. “Liberman,” which was released in 2015, was named after her grandfather, whose artwork hangs in Carlton’s house.

While the album reminds her of home, it also reminds her of change.

“‘Liberman’ was a great thing for me, I think,” Carlton said. “My first [real] album [in 2011] went under the radar, and that was really the beginning of my real life, as I like to call it. And ‘Liberman’ was really me going further.”

While many musicians mark changes in their life through the songs and albums they produce, Carlton felt this album was a big milestone for her.

“It was really important to me in terms of establishing and connecting the dots in terms of who I am now and what my sound is,” Carlton said. “I look at that album [and] that release really is like my foundation record, and I can really now go off and explore [who I am].”

“Liberman” paved the way for her last two albums, which are both live. Carlton said the process of creating them was somewhat organic, akin to revisiting an old friend.

But instead of living in the past, Carlton wants to remove herself from its shadow. While the soundtracks feature some of Carlton’s earlier music in conjunction with her more recent songs, she doesn’t like focusing on that period.

“What drives me is my curiosity,” Carlton said. “I feel really good about pushing myself out of my territory. Don’t look at the past. I think, for me, I’m like a shark. I have to keep moving forward, or I die.”

For Carlton, it doesn’t mean that playing her older tunes is any less enjoyable. She said it is a thrill to pay homage to her past songs to see how differently she performs year after year.

“We push ourselves to [play] some songs and albums that we haven’t played in a long time, to [just] learn some songs that I love that I just haven’t played in a while,” Carlton said. “[I want] to create a different show than last year’s show. People that don’t know anything about my live shows, it’s in a way, better than just hearing one song on the radio. It’s a totally different experience. There are stories that are told.”

Carlton will be making her way to Dallas on Friday, March 24, at the Granada Theater. While the tour focuses on some of her throwback pieces, she isn’t afraid to tease what’s next for her discography.

She said she is interested in potentially writing music for film, but is currently spending some time writing for her next album. For now, however, Carlton wants to sit back, venture out and perform.

“I’m not a very nostalgic person at all, and I cannot live in the past,” Carlton said. “I’m [actively] moving forward. But I think [these albums] were a nice way to revisit some of those older songs. My voice has improved so much over the years, and it’s important to me that you’re going to hear those songs and hear them as they are now.”

Featured Image: Vanessa Carlton is hard at work on her new music. Wikimedia Commons.

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