Irv Gotti posted the following message on Vanessa Carlton’s official web site forum on Saturday (October 28): “Hey everyone. This is Irv Gotti. The president of The Inc Records (formerly Murder Inc Records) home of Ja Rule, Ashanti, my young R&B singer Lloyd and now Vanessa Carlton. This is the 1st time I have ever posted a message or anything like that on a website. I did not even tell V I was gonna do this. I wanted to surprise her. Hahahahahaha. But I wanted to because I believe this is the site that really broke the story of me and V teaming up. I believe V posted something on here letting you guys know she signed with me. So I decided to let my V family here something from me, since I don’t know how much you may know about me or my company. I just want everyone to know that I believe V is 1 of the most talented singer/songwriters I have ever met in my life. And I can assure everyone here. Her album sounds incredible and for the 1st time in my professional career, I am totally trusting my artist to deliver her vision. I am gonna be the Co-Pilot on this one. And I am usually a Dictator with my acts. That’s how much I believe in our V. If your wondering how me and V came together, stay tuned to MTV. I think they will be doing a news piece on us shortly. Because basically everyone is pretty much interested in how we came together. Which is a beautiful thing. You want everyone wanting to know about whats going on with V. I will say this. And I am not an over the top religious person. But GOD brought us together. :) Funny thing also is after she completely blew me away with her singing and playing that piano in Doug Morris’s office. I went to my top A&R person in the world. The one I talk to the most about artist, to see if there HOT or not. My 14 year old daughter Angie. Hahahahaha. Who told me V was off the chain. And knew all her music and was saying, ‘Daddy you have to sign her’. Hahahah. Well bye for now. I just wanted to let you guys know. I am just like you in believing in V. She totally has me caught in her MAGIC! And I will be doing everything humanly possibly to make the world see exactly what we see. That V is the SH*****! Talk to you guys again soon. Love Irv” Carlton later confirmed: “The post from Irv Gotti inc is the real thing!! He didn’t tell me he was gonna do this. Just want you guys to know, that is an authentic post. I’m such a lucky chick to have someone like Irv. What kind of label head takes the time to post on an artist’s website. aww v”
Vanessa Carlton Returns To The Recording Studio This Month
October 3, 2006 – Vanessa checked in with fans on her official web site’s forum on Sunday (October 1). “Hi my sweet peeps,” V writes. “So I go back into the studio in LA in October to do another batch of songs for the record. Very refreshed and ready. I anticipate a spring release. I recently signed with Irv Gotti at The Inc at Universal. Doug Morris and Jolene Cherry are also overseeing the project. I’m working with amazingly passionate, MUSICAL people. I love that it’s such an unexpected move too. No my name has not been changed to ‘V’, but V is my nickname for some and has been for a while. Will check in from LA. xo v”
Just Call Her V
September 30, 2006 – The New York Daily News reports Vanessa Carlton, who just signed with Irv Gotti’s new venture with Universal Motown Records, is now to be called “V” instead of Vanessa. “V is an old family nickname of Vanessa’s, and Irv thought it was a practical decision to use it,” explained an insider. “Vanessa says V has always been her name, so it’s not really a name change.” But considering ‘High School Musical’ star Vanessa Hudgens just released her debut album ‘V’, it may cause confusion.