Breanne Düren

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Breanne Düren
Birth name Breanne Elizabeth Dürenberger
Also known as Breanne Düren
Born (1987-10-09) October 9, 1987 (age 30)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Instruments Keyboards, vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels dürendüren
Associated acts Owl City, Ari Herstand, Swimming With Dolphins, Porter Robinson, Jasper Nephew, Adam Young, Echosmith

Breanne Elizabeth Dürenberger[citation needed] (born October 9, 1987),[1] better known by her stage name Breanne Düren, is an American musician best known for her work with electronic music project Owl City and her own solo work.

Life and career[edit]

1987–2011: Early life and Owl City[edit]

Breanne Düren was born on October 9, 1987. Her parents were Jill and Louis Dürenberger. She has two sisters, Thuressa Dürenberger and Celesta Bork, and a brother, Caleb Dürenberger. She also has two nieces, Olivia and Isabella.

As a child, Düren's parents put her in vocal lessons because she was always singing. She also took piano and dance lessons.[citation needed] She attended Apple Valley High School.[2]

During college, a friend suggested that she would be perfect to work with Adam Young of Owl City.[3] She is featured in a duet in the songs "The Saltwater Room" (on both Maybe I'm Dreaming and Ocean Eyes), "The Tip Of the Iceberg",[4] and "Honey And The Bee" and sings background vocals in "On The Wing" and "Air Traffic". She also plays the keyboard and provides backing vocals for Owl City on his tours. While touring with Owl City in 2012, Düren filled-in for Carly Rae Jepsen on the live version of "Good Time." She also provides backing vocals in "Silhouettes", a song by Swimming with Dolphins which Young was previously a member of.[citation needed]

Breanne sings background vocals in Jamestown Story's version of "Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money. She also sings background vocals in their song "Summer" from their album "Love vs. Life".

2011–Present: Sparks and Gem[edit]

Düren wrote the songs on her EP "Sparks" while on tour.[5] It was released by her own record label, dürendüren records, on May 3, 2011. Songs included her first single "Gold Mine", "No One Else", and "Daydreams".[6] Rick Florino of artistdirect gave the EP "5/5 stars".[7]

Released in April 2011, the "Gold Mine" music video features dancing and choreography by Düren and the Apple Valley AVaires. It was directed by Brandon Boulay.[8] Düren has often stated that the song was about how she was "at a place in her life where she had many questions" and was "finding out a lot about herself".[9]

"No One Else"'s music video was released June 23, 2011, and was also directed by Brandon Boulay.[10] Düren has stated that the song was about being on the road but missing her loved ones at home.[11]

In 2010, Breanne was featured on the song "Lament" by Robbie Seay Band (on their album Miracle).[12]

Breanne lent her vocals to Ari Herstand's 2008 record, Whispering Endearments.[13]

On March 5, 2010, Breanne released a cover song titled "Everlasting Light", originally performed by The Black Keys, via her Twitter account.[14][15]

On April 3, 2012, Breanne sang a duet with Minnesota-based singer/songwriter Dustin Hatzenbuhler on the song "The Fight". (on his debut album Fall).[16]

On March 2, 2014, Porter Robinson released the lead single from his album Worlds, titled "Sea of Voices". It features uncredited vocals by Breanne.[17] She also has featured vocals on the song "Years of War", from Worlds.

On July 18, 2014, Breanne revealed that she would be making a new EP via her Twitter, using Indiegogo as a fundraising tool.[18]

On September 18, 2015, Breanne released Gem - EP on iTunes.

In 2017, Breanne played keyboards and contributed backing vocals for pop band Echosmith's North American headlining tour.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Notes
Breanne Düren [19]
  • Released August 8, 2008
  • Label: Dürendüren Records
  • Format: CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
  • Released September 18, 2015
  • Label: Dürendüren Records
  • Format: Digital download and CD

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
(Swimming With Dolphins featuring Breanne Düren)
2008 Ambient Blue
"On the Wing"
(Owl City featuring Breanne Düren)
Maybe I'm Dreaming and Ocean Eyes
"The Saltwater Room"
(Owl City featuring Breanne Düren)
"Air Traffic"
(Owl City featuring Breanne Düren)
Maybe I'm Dreaming
(Jamestown Story featuring Breanne Düren)
Love vs. Life
"Lament (We Cannot Wait)"
(Robbie Seay Band featuring Breanne Düren)
2010 Miracle
"Honey and the Bee"
(Owl City featuring Breanne Düren)
2011 All Things Bright and Beautiful
"Here's to You"
(André Rodriguez featuring Breanne Düren)
Somewhere New
"The Flight"
(Dustin Hatzenbuhler featuring Breanne Düren)
2012 Fall
"Years of War"
(Porter Robinson featuring Breanne Düren & Sean Caskey)
2014 Worlds
(Forenn featuring Breanne Düren & Gatlin Elms)
2015 Forenn
"All My Friends (Alt Version)"

(Owl City featuring Breanne Düren)

2018 Cinematic


  1. ^ "Breanne Düren Blog". 2011-03-28. Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Watch Breanne Duren's Exclusive "Gold Mine" Video Premiere | Teen Vogue". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Artist to Know: Breanne Düren". Seventeen. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Saltwater Room by Owl City Feat. Breanne Düren + Lyrics". reQuiem4adream's blog. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Carson, Erin (20 June 2011). "Catch A Fire: Breanne Düren's Career Heats Up". American Songwriter. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - Sparks - EP by Breanne Düren". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Breanne Düren "Sparks" Review — 5 out of 5 stars - ARTISTdirect News". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  8. ^ Belz, Leigh (2011-04-29). "Watch Breanne Düren's Exclusive "Gold Mine" Video Premiere: Music Blogger: Industry Insider". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "BREANNE DÜREN: Putting the Spark in Sparkle". Ivy League Spins. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  11. ^ Jun 22nd 2011 12:00PM by Contessa Gayles (2011-06-22). "Breanne Duren Is Like 'No One Else' in New Video - AOL Music Blog". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  12. ^ Robbie Seay Band (2012). Miracle CD. Retrieved from
  13. ^ All Music Gudie.
  14. ^ Einhorn, Sam (2012-02-29). Breanne Duren, 'Everlasting Lights' (Black Keys Cover) -- Video of the Day. Spinner, 29 February 2012. Retrieved from
  15. ^ Düren, Breanne (2012-03-05). "Breanne Düren covering The Black Keys' 'Everlasting Light'". Breanne Düren Twitter account, 5 March 2012. Retweet of Retrieved from
  16. ^ Apple (2012). Fall - Dustin Hatzenbuhler. Retrieved from
  17. ^ Billboard March 28, 2014 Zel McCarthy.Porter Robinson's tired of 'Electro Bangers',will switch things up on 'Worlds' debut album.Retrieved from .
  18. ^ Düren, Breanne (18 July 2014). "Breanne Düren official Twitter". Twitter. Twitter, Inc. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Benefit Concert Rocks to Help Deaf Child Hear". Biotech Week. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 

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