Songstress to Perform at Alumni Hall
Students are invited to “an evening with Vanessa Carlton” on Friday, March 16 at 10 p.m. in Alumni Hall as a part of SPA LateNight. This is a free, ticketless event. Students with a valid Penn State photo ID will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Noah Guthrie will serve as Carlton’s opener. (Here is SITR’s interview with Noah)
After entering the music scene in 2002 with her Grammy nominated and platinum selling album “Be Not Nobody,” which features the hit song “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton solidified herself in the pop world as a singer-songwriter. She was discovered by legendary record producer Ahmet Ertegun and signed with Jimmy Iovine to make that record while she was still in her teens. Now on her fourth studio album release, “Rabbits on the Run,” Carlton has taken a long journey and done some soul searching to arrive present day a decade later.
Carlton describes her transition from fresh new artist on the scene to seasoned music professional. “For two years, I went through a very reclusive period, I was confused by a lot of decisions I had made, heartbroken in a lot of different ways. Once I got through the initial stage of grieving, I started studying everything around me. I became a sponge—listening to a lot of music from the ’70s, classical music, reggae, just observing and paying attention.” After finding inspiration from living in England, Stephen Hawking’s “Brief History of Time,” Richard Adam’s “Watership Down,” and spirited philosophical debates with her brother, Carlton arrived at the sound of her new album.
Noah Guthrie is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter and YouTube sensation from South Carolina. He is known for both his original songs and covers of hits such as “Love You Like a Love Song” and “Set Fire to the Rain.”