Texas songwriter Vanessa Peters has released 10 albums in the last 12 years and has played over 1000 shows in 11 countries as an independent artist. She has been called “the best kind of singer/songwriter,” was nominated as Best Folk Artist by The Dallas Observer, and has built a strong fan base throughout Europe thanks in part to the albums she made with her former Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays, and the hundreds of shows she has played overseas. Her albums are consistently found on “best of” lists, and her latest, "The Burden of Unshakeable Proof," has been called "fully realized, written with elegance and imagination." It is a timeless album, anchored by strong melodic hooks and meditations on modern life that are poignant without being too pointed. No Depression lauded its “metaphor-rich songs” and “the depth and substance of her skillfully-crafted lyrics,” while Fort Worth Star Telegram called it, “10 gorgeously-sculpted tracks, a blissful shuffling of folk, pop, and jazz bound together by Peters's peerless voice.” She has been crowdfunding her albums for a decade, long before Kickstarter ever existed, and she is currently working on her next album, slated for release in mid-2018.
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After the critical and commercial success of her Kickstarter-financed 2012 album The Burn The Truth The Lies and the recent success in Europe of 2015's With The Sentimentals, Vanessa Peters released The Burden of Unshakeable Proof in 2016, including a limited edition vinyl release in collaboration with Dallas indie label Palo Santo Records. The album was also distributed in Europe by Audioglobe Records.
The Burden of Unshakeable Proof was recorded by producer Rip Rowan (Old 97s, Rhett Miller) and features performances from Grammy-winning guitarist Joe Reyes and Italian guitarist Daniele Fiaschi. Dallas's star producer (and bassist) Salim Nourallah and local drummer Jason Garner (Polyphonic Spree) also lent their talents to the record.
For this album, Vanessa chose 10 songs that were tied together by the common threads of determination in the face of despair and the willingness to shed the shackles of the past in order to move forward. Both “Delicate” and “Mending Fences” deal with feelings of being overwhelmed by the crush of today’s fast-paced life; “Cage” is the story of modern relationships that play out on the screen for all the world to see, and “Paralysis Bug” is a song that anyone who has ever struggled to get out of bed will understand. But there are moments of hope, too: “Let’s Do This” is a buoyant, energetic pop gem full of courage and chutzpah, and “Atmosphere” is a soft, gauzy love song held up in the sky by the underpinnings of a gorgeous, swelling guitar line.
Vanessa spent 2016 and 2017 touring the US and Europe with her band, while the album received airplay on over 100 different AAA, college, and public radio stations across the country. The album was found on a number of "best of" lists at year's end, including No Depression's "Alt-Country and Beyond" list.
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"Peters's metaphor-rich songs remind me of Josh Ritter, perhaps not in sound or style, but in the depth and substance of her skillfully crafted lyrics"
"Another wonderful record from one of my favorite artists of the millennium. Seriously, can we please get this woman a major record deal, folks? As always, there’s an awesome timelessness to her music – one of those things that seems easy but is actually incredibly difficult to pull off."
Heartache with Hard Work
“Her strongest album to date, period.”
Alt Country NL
"All in all a lovely album. There are plenty of skilled musicians and exceptional vocalists around but not so many as lyrically adept as Vanessa Peters."
“the best kind of singer-songwriter”
“Her writing and unaffected deliver evokes Aimee Mann as well as the Weakerthans' John K. Samson”
"Hooks a-plenty...there isn't a bad track on the record. I defy anyone with an ear for a catchy melody sung in a beautiful, rich, and completely engaging voice not to be enamoured with this baby." (8 of 10 stars)
“Vanessa Peters and ICOM's "Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up" may well be my 2009 disc of the year.”
“Vanessa is a true poet and a brilliant singer/songwriter”
“a true poet ... tunes that move and delight the ears”
Whisperin' and Hollerin'
“This is the record I’ve been waiting for Aimee Mann to make for years”
Heartache with Hard Work
“Peters gets it right ... reminiscent of Suzanne Vega and Beth Orton”
“her superb lyrics and unforgettable performances with ICOM are already something not to be missed”
Corriere della Sera
"The album shows a wonderful mix of folk, Americana and alt-country of the highest level...both instrumentally and lyrically, this album is one of her best creations."