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How ‘A Thousand Miles’ became a two-decade pop phenom

Pop singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton wrote her debut single ‘A Thousand Miles’, in her childhood home as a teenager. Little did she know then that the song would became an international smash hit and a film-soundtrack favourite, being repurposed by new artists and celebrated on the internet for the next 20 years.

Originally titled ‘Interlude’, ‘A Thousand Miles’ was produced by Curtis Schweitzer and Ron Fair and released as the lead single for Carlton’s 2002 album ‘Be Not Nobody’. To date, it remains Carlton’s biggest hit in the United States, and her only single to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number five.

In this video, we track the journey of that extraordinary song from the perspective of creator Carlton, and others responsible for making the track the indelible, still widely-adored hit it remains today.

Advisory: the video includes brief use of profanity in places.

View the original video here.

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