But who is she?
Talon David grew up in a musical household just outside of Nashville, TN. Her parents, retired performers themselves, introduced her to a vast array of musical styles including Journey, the Eagles, the Beatles, Cindi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, and the original Broadway cast album of Wicked. Talon loved them all, and little did she know that as she listened, she was creating a unique musical vocabulary for herself.
She wasn’t to fully use this vocabulary until her freshman year of high school when she wrote her first song. Suddenly, she had created something all herself that seemed to express her innermost feelings more than ever before. This freedom was intoxicating and Talon had to keep chasing it. During her senior year of high school, she got a call that she had won the GRAMMY Foundation’s Teens Make Music Contest with her song “Deep Snow” and got to attend the GRAMMY Awards in LA that year. This event was overwhelming but taught Talon that her music could be for other people—that there were strangers out there that would listen to what she had to sing.
This solidified her decision to study popular music performance at Belmont University. During those four years, her musical vocabulary expanded again with the addition of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Mozart, and Debussy, among others. She had the privilege to perform and record countless projects with friends and colleagues, most notably her performance as Mary Magdalene on Neal Morse’s prog opera Jesus Christ: the Exorcist. And throughout the collegiate process, Talon was songwriting, recording the emotional ups and downs of it all.
During her third year of college, she was able to take a semester abroad in Australia, where she discovered her love for traveling and creating musical harmony between different cultures. That sensation has inspired her to keep creating and sharing as the COVID pandemic goes on. As division seems to reign supreme, Talon believes music is uniquely capable of uniting people—just as it has in the past—through their shared pain and general hope for a better tomorrow. In her own words, “I want to serve my listeners by giving them a shoulder to cry on, but also letting them know that there are far better things beyond this situation. I want to help modern people grasp the eternal mindset, give them a bit of that transcendent essence in my music, so that one day they might be more open-minded in receiving God’s universal love. That is the ultimate mission.”
Throughout the remainder of this year and 2021, Talon will be releasing pop-rock singles with flavors of her diverse influences. This is an adventure you do not want to miss.