When Vanessa Pellon picked up the guitar at the age of 17, she felt compelled to write songs that reflected her view on the world.
“To me songwriting is about sharing a view point and creating a frame with music around that perspective. If a person can relate with a song, I have made a connection. That is what makes me feel alive,” she says intently.
She began performing at the local coffee shops in the Bay Area of Northern California. Originally, her life goal was to become a Veterinarian but she soon found herself writing lyrics instead of centrifuging compatible substances in chemistry class.
“I walked out of my college chemistry class because all I could think about was getting home to my guitar. The next day I dropped my science classes and enrolled in music courses,” she says while snickering to herself.
By the time she graduated with her Liberal Arts degree in Music Theory she could transpose music to any instrument. It was quite the turnaround yet the beginning of her musical journey.
Pellon steadily performed in coffee houses from San Francisco to Sacramento. The word began to trickle out about a “girl and her guitar” and the passion behind the voice. Soon people started showing up every week to hear her play. Local coffee shop owners even went so far as to build stages for Pellon and she frequently invited local musicians to join her. She earned a weekly gig at a local venue and played 3 hour shows.
After being approached by potential management, Pellon realized she needed to gain more knowledge about the entertainment industry. Her insatiable appetite for learning pushed her closer to her dream of being a professional musician and in early 2005 Pellon moved to Orlando to attend Full Sail University.
“I wanted to learn the business side of music so that I’d be smart when it came to making decisions for my own career, all while writing and recording better songs,” says Pellon.
From Orlando she moved to L.A. and soon after became the bass player for the industrial rock band The Knife Confession which quickly became a top drawing band in L.A.’s rock scene in 2007-2008. The band opened for numerous national touring bands and celebrated their CD release party before a sold-out audience at the Viper Room.
After the dissolve of the band in early 2009, Pellon returned to her songwriting with an undeniable fiery-passion.
“If I’ve learned anything these last few years it is, don’t hold back! People relate to raw, uncensored moments of honesty. I want to provide my audiences with those moments while giving them a soft place to land.”
Pellon’s latest album “Porcelain Diary” was inspired by her method of recording - live in her bathtub.
“The challenge was to not hit the headstock of my guitar on the shower wall. I was completely engrossed in the moment of my performance and then ‘wham!’ Luckily, I didn’t injure my guitar but I did have to scrap some good takes," she says reflectively while smiling.
-Selected as a nominee for the 2009 Independent Singer Songwriter of the Year Award.
-Recently selected as a Hot "Up N Comer" for 2010 by WomensRadio.
-Music is currently being played on WomansRadio Live365, Indie 104 iRADIO LA "Internet Radio Station Of The Year" by New Music Weekly Magazine, Underworldmixradio.com.
Vanessa Pellon- Guitar(s) and Vocal.
Trevor Erickson- Percussion and Backup Vocal.
Porcelain Diary - released September 2009.
1. Fumbling In The Dark
3. Make Me Beg
4. Holding On
5. Long Ride Home- by Patty Griffin
6. 500 Miles In Rhyme
7. This Lonely Road
8. In The Wreckage
9. I'm A Fool
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"Simply put and in my opinion, Vanessa Pellon just has her own thing going on. She is a fantasticall..."Simply put and in my opinion, Vanessa Pellon just has her own thing going on. She is a fantastically gifted guitarist / singer songwriter with all the right influences... And I think the music world needs that (badly!)."
- Craig Parker Adams, Winslow Ct. Studio
Artist Spotlight of The Week
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"Vanessa Pellon is one of those rare treats that you are happy to find in the mix of today's music. ..."Vanessa Pellon is one of those rare treats that you are happy to find in the mix of today's music. Pellon sings beautifully with enriching lyrics that are colorful and full of life. She also happens to be an amazing songwriter who knows how to deliver on words that can touch one's heart. Pellon's music is full of passion that clearly represents the artist's love for making music that reaches the masses."
- Isaac Davis, editor and founder of Junior Cave's Online Music Magazine
Hot "Up N Comer" for 2010
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"How can you not love a woman who insists on doing takes of her playing guitar in the bathtub? Los ..."How can you not love a woman who insists on doing takes of her playing guitar in the bathtub? Los Angeles is home to a lot of musical greats, and Vanessa Pellon is one singer/songwriter that is sure to stand out, and having a diverse background in both business and music, is using both to elevate her brutally honest and charismatic style to the top. There is a passion that stirs deep within the belly of Vanessa Pellon’s music, and through this passion arrives a medium for both musician and listener to connect and share in the intimate and omnipresent experience of song. We’re confident that as Vanessa’s music blossoms throughout the twenty ten’s, it will carry a scent captivating as that of a rose in full bloom, luring the listener in closely for maximum listening pleasure".
- Brian Bell Director of Music and Talent, WomensRadio
Vanessa Pellon - Music Review
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Dynamic and energetic Vanessa Pellon slams her guitar with a fervor like no other… Her musicality is...Dynamic and energetic Vanessa Pellon slams her guitar with a fervor like no other… Her musicality is loaded with true heartfelt emotion. Vanessa pours herself into her music and wears her obvious love of life and life changing love on her sleeve… truly refreshing. I had the pleasure listening to most of her tracks off of her latest album, Porcelain Diary recently released in late 2009…
Presently enjoying the success of Porcelain Diary, Vanessa is finding her way into the hearts of Americana and folk music lovers internationally with her “coffee house/girl next door” appeal. An inspiration to true artists everywhere, Ms. Pellon represents folk musicians with a strong songwriting foundation backed by a haunting vocal delivery a la female version of Neil Young combined with the songwriting strength of an Alison Krauss. An absolute pleasure for the ears…
Recently announced as one of this years “Hot Up And Comers” by WomensRadio.com Vanessa is rolling along with the momentum of success for all of her hard work and for those who appreciate passionate and dynamic songwriting, Vanessa Pellon will not disappoint.
A Great New Talent
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Vanessa Pellon has a beautiful voice, effective lyrics and well written songs. Her voice takes you o...Vanessa Pellon has a beautiful voice, effective lyrics and well written songs. Her voice takes you on a journey into her songs and places you right in with her emotions.
A Great New Talent!! Can't Wait For More!!
Set list includes mostly original material and some covers. Covers range from Patty Griffin to Fleetwood Mac.
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