Throwback Thursday ‘A Thousand Miles’ by Vanessa Carlton (2002)
"A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton was the first single off of her debut album, Be Not Nobody.
Vanessa Carlton not only plays piano and sings the song, but she also wrote it.
"A Thousand Miles" is Vanessa's biggest song to date and her signature song.
"A Thousand Miles" was nominated for three Grammy Awards, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). Unfortunately the song lost to Norah Jones "Don't Know Why" in two categories and James Taylor in the other. Tough Break.
However, the song got another interesting accolade according to Wikipedia, "The song became popular amongst U.S. troops serving in Iraq, and in April 2003 the Chicago Sun-Times reported that it had become the most requested song on the radio station British Forces Broadcasting Service Middle East. Carlton responded, "Perhaps, 'A Thousand Miles' conveys the feelings and longing and desperation that the U.S. soldiers feel for their loved ones. I don't know. But whatever peace I am able to bring to the hearts of the people at war is a contribution that I am proud of"."
"A Thousand Miles" was also the most sold sheet music for that year according to the website Musicnotes.
The music video was filmed in Newbury Park, California and features Vanessa Carlton playing a piano that moves! She takes quite a wild ride on that piano.
Also, you may know the song from it's appearance in the movie White Chicks in 2004.
The song went to #1 on Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, #5 on Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on Adult Top 40.