Vanessa Carlton told me I was her best interview ever in 2002, around the time she came out with singles Ordinary Day and A Thousand Miles. We met up again for a chat in 2004, and questions about her relationship with Third Eye Blind’s Stephen Jenkins were completely off-limits. (I was so proud of her – he’s a good catch!) A few months later, I was covering a Christian Dior event at the Guggenheim Museum. Heather Graham, Christina Ricci, Sean Lennon and, ironically, Mike Tyson were also in the house. Sitting at a table with the venerable Stephen Jenkins, Vanessa invites me over to say hello. “Oh, hi!” Every time I head through Mitford, Pennsylvania, on the drive home to Ohio, I regale my rider with the old “Hey, Vanessa Carlton grew up here.” Hahaha. Check out her new video Nolita Fairytale, from her forthcoming album Heroes and Thieves. Here’s the audio, too. Can’t wait!

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