Vanessa Carlton Premieres New Single “Miner’s Canary”





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“In the end, this reflection lands in a satisfying place. It’s not the end of her story, but the clearing of her slate.
Now, it’s time for a new era.” – Refinery29

“Carlton still writes about love in a way that cuts through the noise.” – Paper Magazine

“Vanessa Carlton has refined her voice as a songwriter… and it’s turning heads.” – Rolling Stone

“It’s time we give her the credit she’s earned.” – Paste

“The pop piano star has remade herself as an indie singer-songwriter.” – The Cut

“Vanessa Carlton is a formidable artist.” – Variety

“There’s some sort of arty thing going on here… and simply sounds better than ever.” – Yahoo!

“Full of gorgeously melancholic ballads and reverb-soaked vocals.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Forget the Vanessa Carlton you used to know.” – NYLON

(February 21, 2020) – Vanessa Carlton unveils a haunting new track titled “Miner’s Canary” that captures Carlton like we have never heard her before, now streaming HERE. She paints a vivid portrait of the insidious ways in which what looks like cruelty to the outside observer can be perceived as love and power by the person down in the caves. Blame is neither taken nor explicitly placed, but that doesn’t stop the fury and pain from being unfurled through her arpeggiating piano with gutting intensity. All the while, her gasps for air break through to the surface, growing more frequent and more intense until they converge with the crescendo of the piano scrambling out into a warped, electronic scream. The track is off her upcoming studio album Love Is An Art, out March 27, 2020 via Dine Alone Records. Pre-order the album HERE .

Tying into the album release, Vanessa will embark on her Love Is An Art Tour with special guest Jenny O. The first leg of the U.S. headlining dates kick off on April 2, 2020 with a stop in Toronto at The Drake on April 9. On the second leg, Carlton performs in Vancouver at The Fox Cabaret on June 13. Album and concert ticket bundles are available through her fan ticketing site and include a discount when purchasing a signed CD or vinyl along with a concert ticket. Signed albums will be available for pick up night of the show at participating venues at the merch stand. $1 for each ticket sold through Vanessa’s ticketing site will benefit the Nashville Ballet. More information and tickets for purchase are available HERE. “This tour is a seismic shift for me…” says Carlton. “I am bringing out a full band for the first time in 15 years! My goal is to bring the enormous landscape in the album to life, every night. The highs, the lows, the dreams in between. I am also thrilled to be sharing the stage with the fantastic songwriter Jenny O who will be opening all shows.” Carlton gave fans a sneak peek of what they can expect from the tour with her recent performance of “The Only Way To Love” on TODAY.

Billboard premiered the video for “The Only Way To Love” which Brooklyn Vegan called “a sweeping, indie singer/songwriter ballad and another promising taste of this LP.” Love Is An Art, produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips), explores the eternal seesaw that is human connection: the push, the pull, the balance, the bottoming out. It’s that constantly evolving nature of love, expectations and compassion that Carlton analyzes from all angles on Love Is An Art , from romantic, to parental, to the friends that hold us up and the leaders that repeatedly let us down. The first video from the album for “Future Pain” is available HERE . Directed by Joshua Shoemaker (Margo Price, Hurray For The Riff Raff), Vanessa plays three versions of herself, a changing person within an unchanging tradition of having a drink alone at the bar. She sings, “I’ve got nothing to lose and nothing to gain but future pain,” paying homage to past mistakes of her former self while foreshadowing a familiar future.

“Love is the energy you put out into the world,” says the Nashville-based Carlton, who was inspired in part by the 1956 book The Art of Loving by philosopher Erich Fromm , and by stories and struggles both in her interior world and the world around her. “And it can be so incredibly messy at times.” Love Is An Art finds Carlton reckoning with toxic relationships (the confessional “Miner’s Canary”), eternal partnership (“Companion Star”) and the children who fill the world with love and grace while politicians fill their pockets (the passionate “Die, Dinosaur,” written after the shootings in Parkland, Florida). And true to Carlton’s skill as both a lyricist and an instrumentalist, the arrangements on Love Is An Art tell these tales as vibrantly as the words themselves: piano parts that speak of rage and tenderness, synths that burst and glow like dawn.

The album doesn’t just explore connections – it was also born of one. Carlton wrote the album with the acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tristen, camped out and working while her daughter napped. “This record is about being out of my comfort zone,” says Carlton. “What’s going to happen when we do things that people assume are not naturally a match, like working with Dave Fridmann? I loved the idea of working with someone who’s known for a palette that isn’t associated with me, but it was a fit the second we started working together. Or what could happen when I sit with another writer, and just collaborate?” The result is an extremely dynamic LP filled with sticky melodies and haunting phrases as well as experimental constructions: super high highs, super low lows, and song structures that break the mold from the expected. Unlike her previous, critically-acclaimed 2015 album Liberman , which Carlton describes as having a calming, almost meditative palette, Love Is An Art reads, and sounds, “red.” Huge. Passionate. The color of a beating heart.

Carlton has constantly challenged both herself and the expectations that surround her throughout her lengthy, accomplished career: she attended both the School of American Ballet and Columbia University, and was discovered as a singer-songwriter/pianist when a cassette tape demo was given to legendary music impresario Ahmet Ertegun. With her debut single “A Thousand Miles,” Carlton soared to the top of the Billboard charts and garnered multiple Grammy nominations, though that song is only a small fraction of the body of work and artistic identity she’s developed since then, ever evolving and growing as a performer and songwriter. In the summer of 2019, she pushed that even further, making her Broadway debut as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Stay tuned for more music and tour updates from Vanessa Carlton. In the meantime, please visit for more information.

Love Is An Art Tracklisting:

1. I Can’t Stay The Same
2. Companion Star
3. I Know You Don’t Mean It
4. Die, Dinosaur
5. Love Is An Art
6. Future Pain
7. Back To Life
8. Patience
9. The Only Way To Love
10. Salesman
11. Miner’s Canary

Love Is An Art Tour – First Leg

April 2 St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
April 3 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
April 4 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
April 5 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
April 6 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
April 8 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
April 9 Toronto, ON @ The Drake
April 10 Homer, NY @ Center for the Arts of Homer
April 11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergels
April 13 Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Theatre
April 14 Washington, DC @ Birchmere
April 16 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
April 18 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
April 19 New York, NY @ City Winery
April 20 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head Tavern
April 22 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
April 23 Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
April 24 Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
April 25 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

Love Is An Art Tour – Second Leg

May 27 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues – Parish Room
May 28 Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
May 29 Austin, TX @ Antone’s
June 2 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
June 3 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
June 4 San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
June 6 Los Angeles @ Roxy
June 7 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
June 10 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
June 11 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
June 12 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
June 13 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
June 16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
June 18 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
June 19 Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove
June 21 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

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