updated 8-jan-07
©2002 deb talan
Whether she takes the stage alone or accompanied by her full band, Deb Talan is one singer/songwriter that refuses to blend into the backdrop. With the searing intensity of a Patty Griffin combined with the vocal agility of a Jonatha Brooke, Talan's distinctive sound may be the first thing to capture your attention, but her well-crafted pop songs will leave you humming her choruses and craving a repeat performance.

Classically trained in clarinet and piano, Deb began writing music when she was only ten years old. By the time she graduated from high school, she had written numerous pop songs and composed a score for a local production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Her senior year in college, Deb picked up a guitar and has been toting it around ever since.

Deb moved to Boston, from Portland, OR in the spring of 1998 and came out with her debut solo cd "Something Burning" the following spring. Word spread quickly, and she began packing shows around Boston at venues such as Club Passim and the Somerville Theater. In 2001, "Something Burning" was awarded the "Homegrown CD Award" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Shortly thereafter, Deb released her first live CD, "Sincerely," garnered her 3rd Boston Music Award nomination, and began touring on a wider scale. Deb’s music has been featured on TV ("Felicity," and "Dawson’s Creek") and in movies (2002’s "Lovely and Amazing"), while Deb has been winning accolades and awards, such as the Grand Prizes at both the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. She now tours nationally.

about deb talan

Awards and Honors:

Grand Prize Winner, 2002 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest
Grand Prize Winner, 2001 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Contest
3 Time Nominee, Boston Music Awards (Outstanding Female Singer-songwriter, Best New Artist, Best Indie Album).
"Homegrown CD Award," Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2001 for "Something Burning"
Deb’s song "Tell Your Story Walking" was selected as a winner of the Songs Inspired by Literature Songwriting Competition appearing on the benefit album alongside tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Suzanne Vega, and Aimee Mann.
Several of Deb’s songs have been featured on WB’s Dawson’s Creek and Felicity
Deb’s song "Forgiven" appears on the sound track of the 2002 feature film "Lovely & Amazing"

Deb Talan has performed at:

Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA
Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA
TT the Bears, Cambridge, MA
Bitter End, New York, NY
The Living Room, New York, NY
The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA
Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Kendall Café, Cambridge, MA
Club Helsinki, Gt. Barrington, MA
Oona's Coffee, House Bellows Falls, VT
The Artichoke, Portland, OR
The Rogue, Portland, OR
The Mad Hatter, Portland, OR
Snake & Weasel, Portland, OR
The Grateful Bread, Seattle, WA
Rose Street, Berkeley, CA
Juna's Café, Ithaca, NY
Jittery Café, Amherst, MA
Molly's Pub, Wellesley, MA
The Green Rooster, Worcester, MA
Rhythm and Muse, Jamaica Plain, MA
Lively Lucy's, Saratoga Springs, NY
Chicago Cultural Ctr., Chicago, IL
The Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN
Jim Porters, Louisville, KY
12th and Porter, Nashville, TN
Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA
Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
The Rising Café, New York, NY
Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO
Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival, Lyons, CO

TV & Film:

Lovely & Amazing, (Nicole Holofcener, Dir.)
Features "Forgiven" over end credits
Felicity (WB), April 2002
Featured "Gladdest Thing"
Dawson’s Creek (WB), November 2001
Featured "Thinking Amelia"


Unisong Internat’l Songwriting Competition, Feb 2002
2nd Prize, Human Rights Category
"Safe As Houses" Deb Talan & Steve Tannen
Boston Music Award Nomination, January 2002
"Best female singer-songwriter"
Songs Inspired by Literature Project
Songwriting Competition Winner, Nov. 2001
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Songwriter Showcase
Competition Winner, July 2001
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Third Place in Showcase
Competition, June 2001
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Homegrown CD Award, Jan. 2001
(Something Burning)
2 Boston Music Award Nominations, Jan. 2001
"Outstanding Debut Album"
(Something Burning)
"Outstanding new Singer-Songwriter"
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest Winner, June 2002

Deb Talan has shared bills with:

Suzanne Vega
Richard Shindell
Sarah Harmer
Voices on the Verge
Dar Williams
Ellis Paul
Catie Curtis
Erin McKeown
Tom Rush
David Bromberg
Loudon Wainwright III
Jess Klein
Kris Delmhorst
Lori McKenna
The Waifs
Christopher Williams
Meghan Toohey
Mark Erelli
Mary Lou Lord
Jennifer Kimball
The Be Good Tanyas
Josh Ritter
Bob Hillman
Steve Tannen