Vanessa Carlton. Photo: Eddie Chacon
Vanessa Carlton. Photo: Eddie Chacon

By Steve Breazeale

More than 14 years removed from her breakout album, Be Not Nobody, Vanessa Carlton has produced her fifth album, Liberman, a peaceful and calm record that Carlton believes makes for an intimate listening experience.

Carlton, whose hit single “A Thousand Miles” peaked inside the top-5 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2002, is in the midst of a West Coast Liberman tour and will perform at The Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano on Jan. 23.

The tracks off Liberman are intricate and layered, driven primarily by Carlton’s performance on the piano. When she takes the stage, however, she will be accompanied by only one other musician, Skye Steele. Carlton said the two are able to recreate the record’s dreamy vibes by recording tracks live onstage, looping them, and adding additional melodies on top.

Since breaking from a major record label, Carlton said she has the freedom to produce records like Liberman, where her musical interests and artistic choices take center stage.

“It was such an incredible rejuvenation for me because it was being a part of a project and executing an album in a way that was only about ideas, musically—and nothing else. It was made outside of the machine,” Carlton said. “This record is very much a reflection of what I like to hear and what I wanted to create.”

For a full list of Carlton’s tour dates, visit

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. For tickets and more information, call 949.496.8930 or visit



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