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Since 2002, Vanessa Peters has played over 1000 shows in 11 countries, sharing the stage with the likes of Rhett Miller and Sarah Harmer. For years, she lived a musician’s dream life: based in Italy, she toured most of the year and released her albums to an ever-growing fan base. Then her band dissolved in 2009, and Peters moved back to Texas. “I wasn’t at all sure that I was even going to continue making music,” she said. “I was worn out emotionally and physically.”

But last year, almost on a lark, she recorded “The Christmas We Hoped For,” which found its way onto a number of Top 10 Holiday lists. “It was a wonderful way to tiptoe back into making music. It made me missing writing and performing. Soon thereafter, I wrote most of what became the new album.”

Still, the split with her band had been painful on many levels, and she wasn’t sure about going into the studio again. “There was a lot of uncertainty in the whole process. I knew that if I didn’t have some outside motivation to push me, I might chicken out.”

Enter Kickstarter. Vanessa has self-financed all of her albums using fan-funding, but Kickstarter was different. “It was such a public platform. I was nervous about taking what used to be a very small and private exchange between me and my fans and broadcasting it for the world to see. But I knew that it would push me to get into the studio; there’d be no going back.”

Thanks to that push, 2012 will see the release of “The Burn The Truth The Lies,” Vanessa’s first solo record in three years. Recorded at the legendary Texas Treefort Studios in Austin and engineered by Jim Vollentine (Patty Griffin, Spoon), the album features terrific performances by some of Texas’s finest musicians: John Dufilho (Apples in Stereo) on drums, Jason Garner (The Polyphonic Spree) on bass, Grammy award-winning guitarist Joe Reyes, and producer Rip Rowan on keys. “I turned everybody loose,” Vanessa says. “These guys are amazing and creative, and there was no reason to ask them to play a song a certain way. We just tackled them one at a time, and we usually found the right arrangement within a few takes. If there was a struggle, we put it aside and moved on. It was a pretty fluid process, and I love the way it all came together.”

This is a stark and honest album, driven by a sense of urgency. “I’ve already been told by people that have heard the record that it’s the most open and truthful collection of songs I’ve written. And I think that’s true. I wasn’t trying to cloak my lyrics in shades of gray. I was trying to tell stories in black and white, sifting through “truth” and “lies” …. which is, of course, a fool’s errand. But it was great fun to try.” And fun is a key word here; for all of the struggle to write and record the album, the listener will discover that it’s an undeniably catchy pop record, driven by clever, hooky melodies and whip smart lyrics.

Reviews from “Christmas,” “Sweetheart,” “Little Films,” and “Blackout”

“Just what Santa Claus ordered: a tuneful and tasteful take on a dozen Christmas songs!”
- No Depression

“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)

Americana UK

“Vanessa Peters and ICOM’s “Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up” may well be my 2009 disc of the year.”
Hickory Wind (USA)

“Vanessa is a true poet and a brilliant singer/songwriter”
Rootsville (BE)

“the best kind of singer-songwriter”
The Dallas Observer

“a true poet … tunes that move and delight the ears”
Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ (UK)

“This is the record I’ve been waiting for Aimee Mann to make for years”
Heartache with Hardwork

“Peters gets it right … reminiscent of Suzanne Vega and Beth Orton”
– Maverick Magazine (UK)

“her superb lyrics and unforgettable performances with ICOM are already something not to be missed”
– Corriere della Sera, Milano

“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.”
- Rootstime (Belgium)