Vanessa Peters
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Q

When and how did you learn to play guitar? And why? Was it by being inspired by other musicians or was it a means to express yourself?


Vanessa Peters responded on 08/07/2012
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I taught myself by learning cover songs. I bought a guitar in college but didn't really have time for it until I graduated. I was living in Italy in the summer of 2001, and the town I was living in was DEAD in August (like all small towns in Italy :) and so I entertained myself by practicing guitar. I was alone for almost the entire month, just me and my guitar... it was kind of meditative. No Facebook, email, Twitter, no roommates or boyfriends or anything.... just me and my guitar.

I had always wanted to learn, and I think I finally did because I wanted to start writing songs. Like you said - it was a means to express myself. I had always written short stories and poems, but I wanted to set them to music (I've always loved to sing), so learning guitar seemed to be the logical next step. I'm still not a great guitar player - I could stand to take a lesson or twenty - but I guess b/c I'm self-taught, I have my own style.

Q

who is your favorite writer and what's your favorite book?


Vanessa Peters responded on 07/17/2012
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Hard to say. For years, my automatic answer was "The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald, and it's still a favorite. Some of my other favorites are:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Birds without Wings - Louis de Bernieres
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss

Q

Hello Vanessa. I fell in love with your sweet voice and music the time I first listened to your songs. I am looking forward to your new album. I wonder which musician had a great influence on you?


Vanessa Peters responded on 07/07/2012
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Thank you for your kind words!
I think Aimee Mann and Sarah Harmer have probably had the biggest influence on me, but I love so many kinds of music... old country music, 80s pop, 70s singer/songwriter music... I love Wilco and The Jayhawks (thanks to the guys in my Italian band who introduced me to both bands!)... I love anything with a good melody but most importantly good lyrics.

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I was off for one week because of health reasons. You music helped me pull through,


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/19/2012
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I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. Get well soon!

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So sad I'll miss you in Dallas as I'm in Nashville for a couple of months... but LOVE your music and am excited to hear your new music. I am trying to do some writing in Nashville. So far so good. xo


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/14/2012
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Good luck with the writing!! Enjoy being in Nashville - go to Dose Coffee for a great espresso! :) Take care and I hope to see you when you get back to Dallas.

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Will you ever record an Italian version of any your songs in a CD?


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/14/2012
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I kind of doubt it. :) I love Italian and I speak it pretty well, but I think I sound terribly silly when I hear myself singing Italian... I might consider doing one song as a bonus track or something like that, but a whole album would be pretty difficult for me to imagine. :)

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Have you ever thought about including Puerto Rico in your tours in the future? I was there and talked with my girlfriend and she liked your music. Roberto from Florida.


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/08/2012
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I would love to but I'm not sure where to start. It's definitely something to consider though!

Q

Will you support Italy in Euro 2012?


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/08/2012
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Certo!!!

Q

When will your new CD be released?


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/08/2012
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The official release date is July 17! But the Kickstarter backers will get it sooner. :)

Q

Hi Vanessa! Waiting for you back in Italy!


Vanessa Peters responded on 06/04/2012
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Me too! :) Non vedo l'ora... tra un mese torno in Italia! Spero di suonare vicino a voi.... ancora il calendario non รจ completo.... Spero di mandarvi una mail in questi giorni con tutti i concerti!