WXPN Welcomes

Talia Schlanger

Ages 21 and up
Thursday, May 30
Doors: 7pm
*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*

7 PM – Doors
8 PM – Show

WXPN Welcomes


Former World Cafe host Talia Schlanger returns to Philadelphia to make her musical debut, performing songs from her intimate and explosive first album “Grace for the Going.”  It’s a reflection of her reverence for the power of words, genuine love of connecting with people, and passionately eclectic musical taste. Her inspiration runs deep, from Roberta Flack’s quiet confidence to the raw freedom of Jeff Buckley, from Missy Elliott’s electric cadence to Patti Smith’s fearless poetry, and from Paul Simon’s pristine storytelling to the honest ache of Nina Simone. Schlanger’s approach to making music is the result of a lifetime of deep and broad listening, as a music fan with an open heart and hungry ears.

Although best known in Philadelphia as a broadcaster through her work at WXPN, Talia began her professional performance career in theatre at age 14 and her various theatre credits as a singer/dancer include the original Canadian cast of Queen’s We Will Rock You and the first US tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. Schlanger has earned a reputation for her natural ability to connect with artists, especially songwriters. Yet for someone who had spent her whole life singing, she realized she was using her voice exclusively to help other musicians tell their stories. “If there’s one thing I learned from talking to artists,” Talia says, “it’s that nobody hands you a permission slip and says ‘you are allowed to make art now.’ You either do it or you don’t.”

While the nine songs on Grace for the Going are distinct in their musical expression, they are united by one common thread. It’s the same thread that runs through Talia Schlanger’s life on the stage, on the radio, and in the creation of this album– Schlanger has a timeless voice. She has something to say. And she means every word.

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