Vanessa Carlton Settles in to Freedom as a Singer-songwriter

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation that shares news and stories about music education. Episode 50 features an interview with Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton. Carlton is one of several artists recorded and broadcast live from The 2018 NAMM Show. Interviews include Hunter Hayes, OK Go and more.

“My mom is a piano teacher,” said Carlton. “I mean, I just can't tell you how over the moon she is about teaching.”

In this episode, Carlton shares her feeling of freedom as a songwriter and her philanthropic work with Nashville schools. Watch the podcast interview with Carlton on YouTube, or download and listen below.

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Sound Bites From the Podcast

“The truth is everything. [Truth] has to be in your art [and in] your work.” – Vanessa Carlton

“Almost every artist probably has fallen into that weird chapter in their writing where they’re like, wait should I try and write something that I think is going to be a huge thing? I mean, it never works, in my experience.” – Vanessa Carlton

“Your audience only wants you. They just want you. If you're going to connect in a real way with other people over your expression, they are not interested in you trying to figure out what they want, that kind of concept.” – Vanessa Carlton

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