Vanessa Carlton - Hear the Bells EP + Listen to "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton will release a four song digital EP, Hear the Bells (Razor & Tie), on November 21st.

The EP will include two holiday classics, "Do You Hear What I Hear," John Lennon's uplifting classic, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," an acoustic recording of "Hear The Bells" (from her latest album, Rabbits on the Run) and the first ever acoustic re-recording of her mega-hit, "A Thousand Miles."

Carlton is also confirmed to perform on the CBS Saturday Early Show on December 3rd.

Vanessa Carlton signs with Razor & Tie + album Rabbits on the Run

She will perform her new single off of Rabbits on The Run, "I Don't Want to Be a Bride." This second single off her album will have a music video directed by acclaimed director Marc Klasfeld (Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters) for release in early 2012.

Vanessa recently wrapped up a national tour (opening for Matt Nathanson) in support of her critically acclaimed new album, Rabbits on the Run (Razor & Tie). Released this past summer, the album has received rave reviews and Carlton appeared on a host of television programs including The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Conan, Chelsea Lately and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition.

Stream Vanessa Carlton - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono Cover):

Rabbits on the Run is the most honest and uncompromising album of Vanessa Carlton's career, revealing a striking departure and an exciting snapshot into the evolution of this exquisite storyteller and inventive musician.

The album was recorded in the UK at Peter Gabriel's world-renowned Real World Studios with producer Steve Osborne (U2, B-52s, KT Tunstall, Doves). The album finds Vanessa returning to music-making in its most organic form to create ten intimate, evocative songs, recorded directly to tape with her close-knit team of collaborators which also included Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), and Ari Ingber (The Upwelling) both playing on the album. Partly inspired by two books, Richard Adams' Watership Down and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, Rabbits on the Run is 10-song set of gorgeous, haunting melodies and finely-crafted stories.

Vanessa Carlton- Hear The Bells EP, 11.21.11:
1. Do You Hear What I Hear
2. Hear the Bells
3. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
4. A Thousand Miles (Acoustic)

Watch Vanessa perform her song "Carousel" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - video:


"Magnificent." - Stevie Nicks

"Rabbits on the Run is Vanessa Carlton's career high water mark thus far, especially on the stunning "Hear the Bells" and "Dear California", a disarming love letter to the Golden State." - KCRW's Chris Douridas

"A lovely sort of melancholy magic." - Entertainment Weekly

"Vanessa Carlton again demonstrates her knack for pensive, piano-driven pop on 'Carousel' from Rabbits on the Run." - People

"Singer and pianist Ms. Carlton has long aspired to a different brand of pop stardom: less navel-baring …and more melodramatic, heavily arranged pop symphonies." - The New York Times

"Wistful, piano-led balladry, but there's a touch of darkness and complexity on display here that wasn't as apparent on her earlier hits…. she's certainly not just another sensitive girl with a piano…" -

"Carousel" has an undeniably comforting folk feel to it (think Regina Spektor or Feist), with a touch of Billy Joel in the piano part (can't be mad at that) and a hauntingly layered chorus…. Stirringly soulful singer-songwriter" - MTV Buzzworthy

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