VH1 Storytellers

"VH1 Storytellers" is a show oddly enough seen on VH1 showcasing artists from the world of music in an intimate setting. The artist either is placed in the center of a room or sometimes on a stage against a wall, the artist plays an acoustic set of his or her songs. The size of the crowd is very small and is roughly 100 people sitting in chairs either around the artist or near the stage.

The reason for the show being named "VH1 Storytellers" is the artist or group tells the story of what inspired them or what the meaning behind a particular song means to them, the emotions the artists goes through and sometimes the amount of time it may take to write a specific song or album the artist also seems to tell a story at the beginning of every song during their set. "VH1 Storytellers" first aired in Feb. of 1996 with Ray Davies, lead singer of The Kinks as the first performer the show has included a plethora of artists from Elvis Costello, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Stone Temple Pilots, Dave Mathews Band to most recently Jill Scott, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, and Pink. The show has a unique schedule that follows no real rhythm. In the shows sixteen years 87 episodes have been aired with Pink having been the last performed to be on the show.

The technical aspect of the show often reflects that of a coffee shop feel minus the smoke, the stage and room has low, very subdue lighting, nothing harsh and is very friendly with a non threatening vibe. Never on an episode will you see strobe lights, fog machines or pyrotechnics as this would indeed shy away from the intimate setting the show wants to create. Often times the audience is encouraged to get involved in the form of asking questions to the artist. This also creates the idea that the artist is approachable and is encouraged by their fans questions.

The show is a chance for performed to showcase their talent and express themselves through their journeys of story and their song and gives the audience a change to get to know the artist as a person and not a celebrity.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on VH1
12 Seasons, 89 Episodes
April 2, 2005
Celebrity & Entertainment
Cast: Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Pete Townshend
VH1 Storytellers

VH1 Storytellers Full Episode Guide

  • Live performance by Pink.

  • Live performance by Alicia Keys.

  • Live performance by Taylor Swift.

  • Live performance by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.

  • Live performance by Norah Jones.

  • Live performance by Jason Mraz.

  • Live performance by Jill Scott.

  • Live performance by Maxwell.

  • Live performance by Ray LaMontagne.

  • My Morning Jacket shares personal stories and sings some of their favorite songs to a small audience in New York, NY.

  • Death Cab for Cutie opens up and shares their personal stories and sings some of their favorite songs to a small audience in Culver City, CA.

  • Grammy winner Cee Lo Green gave the crowd a performance they'll never forget in Culver City, CA during the taping for Storytellers. Cee Lo performed a selection of 10 songs in front of a very intimate 150-member audience including "Crazy" and "She Knows" dedicating it to his mother who passed away when he was a teenager. Cee Lo also performed "Forget You" and "Bright Lights Bigger City."

  • Kings of Leon perform some of their most popular songs and reveal one element of the background of their songs - the "church."

  • T.I. performs "Rubberband Man" live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City as part of the VH1 Storytellers concert series.

  • Many individuals have identified with Christina Aguilera's music. Watch as she shares her talent.

  • John Mayer is a seven-time Grammy Award Winner. Watch as he shares an intimate moment with fans.

  • The Foo Fighters perform some of their biggest hits.

  • The group discuss their career on this, their 40th Anniversary, celebrated from the Congress Theatre in Chicago.

  • Kanye West explains the stories behind his music as he performs.

VH1 Storytellers News

Hipper 'VH1 Storytellers' Kicks Off Tonight w/Kings of Leon; Cee Lo Green, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket In Lineup

"VH1 Storytellers" comes out strong and more relevant than ever this season, starting with Kings of Leon this evening, "The Voice" judge Cee Lo Green on Friday May 20th, Death Cab for Cutie on May 27th and My Morning Jacket on June 3rd. Future episodes will feature Maxwell and singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne.

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