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Overview (3)

Born in Milford, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameVanessa Lee Carlton
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vanessa Carlton was born on August 16, 1980, the first of two children (she has a sister and a brother) born to Ed and Heidi Carlton. Raised in Milford, Pennsylvania, her mother was a piano teacher, and exposed Vanessa to classical music from a young age. By age two, she began playing the piano, and at age 9 became obsessed with ballet. She joined the School of American Ballet at age 14, living in a dorm at Lincoln Center and enrolling in the Professional Children's School. During her time at the academy, she continued playing the piano and writing songs, nurturing her blossoming songwriting skills. Upon graduation, she moved to Hell's Kitchen, where she waitressed five nights a week and performed at local clubs on open mic nights, honing her craft and developing a stage presence. At home, she would often stay up until 4 a.m. recording demos on a four-track machine, and was signed to A&M Records in 2001. Her first video, for the song "A Thousand Miles," was released even as she continued recording her debut album, and it became an instant smash on MTV, as well as cracking the American Top Ten. This lead Rolling Stone magazine to name her as one of the 'Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2002.' Her debut album, titled 'Be Not Nobody,' was released in April of 2002, and her second single, "Ordinary Day," was both a hit on the charts and with MTV viewers, via the video she made for the song. She'll spend the rest of 2002 and early 2003 on tour, and then plans to enroll in Columbia University full-time in the fall of 2003. Carlton maintains she'll have no problem juggling a music career with a full plate of school studies.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Zootipantz

Spouse (1)

John Joseph McCauley III (27 December 2013 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (20)

Writes her own songs, and plays both the piano and guitar.
Was accepted into the School of American Ballet at age 14. Her two main loves in life are music and ballet.
Miss Carlton's debut album, 'Be not Nobody', was released on April 30, 2002. The first two videos from the album, "A Thousand Miles" and "Ordinary Day" have been big hits on MTV.
Her parents are Ed (a pilot) and Heidi (a pianist and teacher) Carlton, she has a younger sister, Gwen and a younger brother, Edmond.
Attending Columbia University [2005]
Her album "Be Not Nobody" went platinum.
Received 3 Grammy nominations (2003)
The third hit single and video from 'Be not Nobody' is "Pretty Baby."
Was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year awards at the 45th annual Grammy Awards, held February 23, 2003. Both awards ultimately went to fellow newcomer Norah Jones.
Enjoys running and Yoga.
Is often mistaken for Michelle Branch and vice versa. Fans of one typically admire the other as well.
Former boyfriend Stephan Jenkins was the lead singer of the band Third Eye Blind from August 2002 until 2007.
At age two, Carlton and family went to DisneyWorld. Upon returning home, she picked out "It's A Small World" on the piano.
Her mother is of Russian Jewish descent and her father has Scandinavian ancestry.
Good friend of Avril Lavigne.
On October 16, 2013 she suffered an ectopic pregnancy, in which she later suffered a ruptured tube and internal bleeding. After surgery, her entire right fallopian tube was removed.
Her new video for the song "White Houses," the first single from her new album 'Harmonium,' is currently airing on MTV. The album, her sophmore effort, will be in stores October 19th. [August 2004]
Working on her third studio album. It is expected to be released in the Spring next year. [October 2005]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a daughter Sidney Aoibheann Carlton-McCauley, on January 13, 2015 at 1:42pm, weighing in at 8 lbs., 1 oz. Child's father is her husband, John Joseph McCauley III.
Born at 1:30 PM on a Saturday.

Personal Quotes (29)

Food can become such a point of anxiety - not because it's food, but just because you have anxiety. That's how eating disorders develop.
And it's sad because it's like a surprise to people - almost an anomaly - when artists are actually refined and trained on an instrument. That's the last thing people think about.
Now, performing is second nature and I love every second of it. It is a very emotional thing when I can't play a song; maybe I'm hitting on something that I don't want to deal with. All of it is so personal. It is like therapy.
The women who don't feel that people think they're sexy are the ones who seem to titillate in that way, because they don't feel like they're getting that kind of approval.
Every single note on this album is there for a reason.
I did not stop dancing; I did take two years off to get myself together.
I don't put boundaries on myself when I sit at the piano.
I have gone from being a 21-year-old with wide eyes to a 24-year-old woman. With success comes a lot of responsibility and power.
I work hard and I will always work hard. But I feel very lucky with the way that it has all come together.
If Mozart were around now he would write a killer rock song.
My songs are a direct route into my brain and my heart.
Plus, there were so many pianos in my house, so I couldn't really avoid it.
The music industry is so easy compared to the ballet world.
Well, I would say that music just happens with me, I'm not in the driver's seat when I am at the piano, the piano is.
When it comes to music, we live in a very different world than everyone did in the 1960s and 1970s.
A lot of people give in to those pressures and let others influence the process on their second albums because they want to achieve the success they had with their first again, but they don't know how to do it.
But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house. I was just so excited, being a little kid and having all these other kids come to my house twice a week. I thought it was a big party.
But now - look, I have to take care of myself. I work out every day. I'm a dancer. I've always been an athlete, and I'm one of those people who start to go crazy if they don't run or do something.
But the approach to recording this album was kind of an organized, chaotic approach where I wanted to maintain and preserve that wild abandon to creating.
But when you hear the complete album, it gets dark, really straight-up rock, with some really intimate moments with just me and the piano. It's not completely me because there are parts of me that aren't on that song, that are on the album.
I am always drawn to men that are funny. I do not know why. But I am always drawn to people that are struggling with parts of themselves... But it's like in the end, there has to be confidence.
I am not this big celebrity, but it gets really crazy. You have to go through the nuts of blowing up, in a sense, and then figuring out how to live your life with that.
I don't use sex to sell records, obviously, but I'd be lying if I said that I don't feel like I have to make an effort to look good when I go out onstage, to wear something pretty.
I had no album title, and the album is like a journey in that it's a complete body of work. It's not just a couple of catchy songs and filler, so I felt that I needed to capture the essence of the album.
I learned a lot from that first record and I learned a lot from my experiences touring, but really the biggest education I got over the past two years was learning the importance of arrangements.
I tour with a piano, actually. Luckily I am able to hire people that deal with it completely and magically a piano appears on stage and then magically disappears when I leave.
My mom would give me a piece to play, but I wouldn't do any theory because when it came time to do it I would sneak back upstairs and watch TV. So, I had these kind of nonchalant lessons for years, then it just started soaking in.
Toting around a full orchestra on tour is very ambitious. I would consider doing a show now and then, like do a show at Radio City or Carnegie Hall with a full orchestra.
Writing this record let me recapture who I am. It is summed up in the title Be Not Nobody. You need to feel comfortable in your skin and do whatever you need to do for yourself, to heal or to grow.

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