“I’m not nostalgic, I’m not trying to keep people there,” Vanessa Carlton says on this episode of Soul Sisters when explaining why she prefers to start her shows off with the song many fans are there to hear: her massive 2002 hit “A Thousand Miles.”
“I can do that first and they can get it out of the way,” she goes on, before describing the time a group of rowdy strip club-goers came to her show and loudly demanded to hear their favorite song. (When booze is involved, she explains, it doesn’t pay to hold it till the end.)
Carlton also tells us about her experience surviving the early aughts as the “anti-Britney” and how she overcame a period of being “very, very, very closed off and private” to eventually become an outspoken celebrity on matters of women’s health and LGBTQ rights.
“I felt like a sinking ship,” she admits of those early days in the public eye. “Human beings do better with connection.”
Fans who have been following Carlton since those TRL days can now connect with her on her current tour to promote her latest album, Liberman, through mid-April.
Listen to the full conversation below, hosted by Jessie Katz and Darah Golub at NYC’s Chord Club, which includes a live performance by Carlton and a surprise appearance by the vocal coach responsible for her first big break, Tina Shafer. And be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes!