VH1 Storytellers

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  • 2005
  • 12 Seasons
  • 8.1  (146)

"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.

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Seasons
P!nk
13. P!nk
November 13, 2012
Live performance by Pink.
Alicia Keys
12. Alicia Keys
November 12, 2012
Live performance by Alicia Keys.
Taylor Swift
11. Taylor Swift
November 11, 2012
Live performance by Taylor Swift.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
10. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
June 15, 2012
Live performance by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
Norah Jones
9. Norah Jones
June 8, 2012
Live performance by Norah Jones.
Jason Mraz
8. Jason Mraz
June 1, 2012
Live performance by Jason Mraz.
Jill Scott
7. Jill Scott
May 21, 2012
Live performance by Jill Scott.
Maxwell
6. Maxwell
June 17, 2011
Live performance by Maxwell.
Ray LaMontagne
5. Ray LaMontagne
June 10, 2011
Live performance by Ray LaMontagne.
My Morning Jacket
4. My Morning Jacket
June 3, 2011
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
3. Death Cab For Cutie
May 27, 2011
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.
Cee Lo Green
2. Cee Lo Green
May 20, 2011
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
1. Kings of Leon
May 13, 2011
Kings of Leon perform some of their most popular songs and reveal one element of the background of their songs - the "church."
Description

"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.

  • Premiere Date
    April 2, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (146)