Steve Tannen

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Steve Tannen
Birth name Steven J. Tannen
Born 1968 (age 49–50)
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Indie Folk, folk-pop, Folk Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Nettwerk
Associated acts The Weepies, The Tannen Brothers

Steven J. "Steve" Tannen (born 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. He is best known for being in the folk-pop duo The Weepies.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Tannen was born in New York City, but grew up in Australia and Canada in addition to New York. He started performing at an early age and learned music at home. He is the grandson of magician Louis Tannen and the brother of songwriter Greg Tannen and screenwriter Robert Tannen.[3]

Steve graduated from Mamaroneck High School. He received a degree in English from Stanford University.[4] Tannen worked as a production assistant in Hollywood, becoming a script reader and assistant to film director Norman Jewison.[5] He interned at radio station KCRW, and then moved to Colorado to work for the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).[6] He left NCAR after a year and worked odds jobs around the US, developing a personal mix of folk and rock.

He returned to New York and, with the help from former Suzanne Vega guitarist Jon Gordon, started a rock and roll project.[7] This turned into his debut album "Big Señorita" which was chosen as one of Performing Songwriter Magazine’s Top 12 Independent Releases of 2001. In 2001, while touring behind Big Senorita, Tannen met his future wife and musical partner Deb Talan at a show at Club Passim in Boston, Massachusetts.[8] His second solo CD "Stopped at a Green Light" was released in September 2003; this was quickly followed by the first Weepies album Happiness in December of that same year.

In addition to The Weepies' albums, 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."[9]

Steve is also a member of The Tannen Brothers, in which he plays with his brother Greg Tannen.


Year Title Label
2000 Big Señorita Independent
2003 Stopped At a Green Light Independent


  1. ^ "The Weepies: Beautiful Music Together". NPR. 9 Sep 2006. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  2. ^ "The Weepies: Finding A Comforting 'Hideaway'". NPR. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Catching Up With Greg Tannen (Interview Transcript)". AcousticLive. 1 June 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  8. ^ "The Weepies: Beautiful Music Together (Interview Transcript)". NPR. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  9. ^ Farnsworth, Amy (19 June 2007). "On new album and in films, Moore has an edge". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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