Talan performing in NYC on April 22, 2006.
|Birth name||Deborah Ruth Talan|
|Born||January 27, 1968|
|Origin||Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Indie Folk, Pop-folk|
|Labels||Nettwerk, Happyhead Music|
|Associated acts||The Weepies, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Hummingfish|
Early life and career
Born in western Massachusetts, Talan grew up in the small town of Pelham, Massachusetts and attended Amherst Regional High School (ARHS). She later attended Brown University, where she was a member of the Chattertocks, Brown's oldest all-female a cappella group, before moving to Oregon, where she was a member of Hummingfish, a Portland band, for six years.
Talan's recurring lyrical motifs include celestial objects, birds, nature, and various historical figures (e.g., Marc Chagall in "Painting By Chagall," Amelia Earhart in "Thinking Amelia," and Vincent van Gogh in "Vincent").
Jonathan Lethem’s novel Motherless Brooklyn inspired Deb Talan to write "Tell Your Story Walking". This song appears on the 2002 album Songs Inspired by Literature (Chapter One), a benefit of the organization Artists for Literacy. "Tell Your Story Walking" was the winner of Artists for Literacy’s 2002 songwriting contest.
In addition to The Weepies' albums, (Steve Tannen is the other half of the duo), Talan and Tannen collaborated with singer/actress Mandy Moore on her 2007 album Wild Hope. Together, they wrote and recorded five songs with Mandy — the single "Extraordinary," the title track "Wild Hope," "All Good Things," "Few Days Down" and "Looking Forward to Looking Back."
|1997||Songs for a Misfit Heart||Independent|
|2000||Something Burning||Happyhead Music|
|2004||A Bird Flies Out||Independent|
- Deb Talan Official Site
- Deb Talan collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- Deb Talan on Last.fm
- Lovely & Amazing soundtrack
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