Annjie Houston

Identity, and the search for it, has long been a theme for alt artist talker. The name “talker” (intentionally spelled lowercase) stems from Celeste Tauchar’s given last name – notorious in her family for being misspelled and mispronounced. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she grew up in Sacramento, California with a German Catholic mother and Jewish Agnostic father. Early musical influences ranged from Nirvana to Alanis Morissette to Led Zeppelin, whom her parents would play in the car and during family jam nights when she was young. Throughout these formative years, she grappled with mental health and feeling comfortable displaying her true artistic self. Over years of exploration, she went through different phases and musical styles – something she further experimented with while attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

After graduating, talker moved to Los Angeles where she immersed herself in the songwriting scene. Through a co-writing session, she met James Sunderland and Dan Sadin of Frenship, an electro-pop group formed and led by James Sunderland and Brett Hite, and was offered the opportunity to play keys and sing background vocals for the band. During her ongoing work with Frenship, she has performed on several tours and played to sold-out crowds at Lollapalooza, Life is Beautiful, Bonnaroo, The El Rey Theatre (LA), The Bowery Ballroom (NYC), and the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

Playing with Frenship had her questioning her own role as a musician, singer, and songwriter, eventually leading to talker’s current project - something she terms “grunge-pop.” A hybrid of her musical influences, “grunge-pop” is heavily influenced by bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden but with a more pop oriented sound, borrowing from such artists as Banks and Vérité. For her latest solo project, she collaborated with Dan Sadin (guitarist, Frenship), April Bender (Glassnote), and Phil Simmonds (Jessie J, Eryn Allen Kane). The first track talker released was “Collateral Damage,” a commentary on an emotionally abusive pseudo-relationship that she describes as autobiographical. It made its way to #5 on the HypeMachine charts, and saw coverage from a number of highly respected music publications including Grimy Goods and We Found New Music. talker’s second single is “Changes”, a personal song dealing with anxiety and trying (and sometimes failing) to take control of one’s life and situation. As a solo artist, she has played to a packed house at Hotel Café and Madame Siam in Los Angeles, The Troubadour, Lodge Room Highland Park, and has been a finalist in Guitar Center’s Songwriter 5 contest.

In a business where brand and persona are as important as the music, talker is authentic in a way that is instantly tangible, identifiable, and relatable.

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11.09.18//Grunge-pop Artist talker Showcases Her Acoustic Chops in “Intimidated”

Grunge-pop Artist talker Showcases Her Acoustic Chops in “Intimidated”

90’s Alt-Rock Inspired Singer Songwriter Releases Heartfelt New Track

 Los Angeles, CA – Building on the stepping-stones placed by past grunge artists like Nirvana and Soundgarden, female singer-songwriter, “talker” continues to innovate the genre of grunge-pop with her new single, “Intimidated.”  A beautiful blend of raw vocals, acoustic guitar, and heavy-hitting grunge rock, this track is a hauntingly potent piece of music that showcases talker’s talent in its purest form. “Intimidated” is now available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Showcasing a softer, more intimate style for this grunge-oriented artist, “Intimidated” begins with a beautiful acoustic introduction complimented by powerful, yet gentle, vocals. On top of the impressive vocal performance, the song’s lyrics are a vulnerable confession about the struggles of feeling overwhelmed by failure. From the ballad-like introduction, to the head banging closing chorus, “Intimidated” is an emotional rollercoaster that can be, at times, eerily relatable. While discussing “Intimidated,” talker details the process of creating what she considers to be her favorite piece of work; “Because I wasn’t trying to write an amazing song, and was just trying to get my emotions out and help myself feel better, it ended up being really vulnerable and honest, and I think it’s really relatable.” With just a quick listen, it’s evident that talker truly poured her heart and soul into this track.

Written by talker (Celeste Tauchar), “Intimidated” was produced by Dan Sadin, who also played electric guitar, mixed by Jesse Ernster and mastered by Dave Harris. In the performance itself, talker provides vocals, acoustic guitar, and bass on the track, and percussionist Jake Reed plays the drums.

Originally from Folsom, California, Celeste Tauchar started her musical project,  “talker” just one year ago. Now at the youthful age of 23, Tauchar is already an accomplished artist. After earning a spot as a finalist in the highly competitive “Guitar Center Songwriter 5” competition, Tauchar performed at a concert headlined by City and Colour. Since then, she’s played a number of shows with artists such as HOLYCHILD, Dan Sadin, Colver,  and has extensive experience touring as a touring member of FRENSHIP. Now working as a full-time artist, Tauchar has big plans for talker, including a full EP release in the coming months.

To join talker on her exciting musical journey, you can follow her on Instagram and like her Facebook page @talkerceleste for both social media platforms. Her newest single “Intimidated” is now officially available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.