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Vanessa Carlton's 'Harmonium'

A Transportation Security Administration officer views a full-body scan during a demonstration of passenger screening technology, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
After the great success she achieved with her debut album, "Be Not Nobody," singer, songwriter and musician Vanessa Carlton is back with "Harmonium."

Carlton visits the Second Cup Cafe Café to perform songs from her sophomore album and talk about her career.

She is best known for her hits "A Thousand Miles" and "Ordinary Day." But it all started in Disney World after taking the "It's a Small World" ride at the age of two.

She tells The Saturday Early Show with laughter, "That ride scared the crap out of me. But when I came home, I sat down at the piano and began playing the song, at least that's what my mom says."

Her love for music continued and, though she studied ballet at the American School of Ballet, she says she decided music was a better fit.

At 16, she wrote most of the songs for "Be Not Nobody." Now that she is 24, she says "Harmonium" is a "more of a mature record."

Carlton has been opening for Stevie Nicks, who has taken Carlton under her wing. "She's so generous," Carlton says, "She even gave me one of her famous shawls. We plan to write and produce together."

For more information, visit her Web site at vanessacarlton.com