Zan Abeyratne

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Zan Abeyratne
Birth name Suzanne Abeyratne
Also known as Zan
Origin London, United Kingdom[citation needed]
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Songwriter, singer
Instruments Singing
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts I'm Talking, Models, INXS

Suzanne "Zan" Abeyratne, or simply Zan, is an Australian-raised singer born in London.[citation needed] Known for her beautifully soulful voice, Zan came to prominence as one of the female lead vocalists of the 1980s Australian band, I'm Talking,[1][2] which included the equally powerful vocal skills of Kate Ceberano. Zan sang lead vocal on the I'm Talking single "Holy Word", which peaked at #9 in Australia,[3] and #21 in New Zealand[4] in 1986.

Along with her twin sister Sherine (a member of Big Pig), Zan supplied her power-house backing vocals to Models, INXS, U2, and toured the world with other bands. After the demise of I'm Talking in 1987, Zan had a brief solo recording career in Australia, America, and England. Her 1989 single "It's Your Move" peaked at #82 on the Australian ARIA singles chart.[5]

She also featured briefly in the episode "Santa Claws" in season 1 of Australian children's comedy series Round the Twist.


Suzanne (later shortened to Zan) and her twin sister, Sherine Abeyratne, were born in London.[citation needed] Their family migrated to Australia[citation needed] and both became vocalists in bands together and separately from 1978.


  1. ^ McFarlane (1999). Encyclopedia entry for 'I'm Talking'. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) , Zan[permanent dead link] entry. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 145. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ " > I'm Talking – Holy Word (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 September 2016". Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2010.