Marjan Debaene

Marjan Debaene

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

belgian female singer-songwriter with three albums under her belt and a fourth one on the way. strong points are her voice, her songs, that have been critically acclaimed in belgium for more than a decade now and her powerfull liveperformances with her excellent band.

Biography

Marjan Debaene…
is one of the top five female singer-songwriters in Belgium.
She has been so for the last decade, since her first album, Growing Pains, was released in September 1996. That album, containing 17 acoustic-electric poprock songs, got some good reviews in specialized magazines and media in Belgium. Now after ten years and a second album called Humanoid, which was released in 1999 and which generated a huge tour in Flemish and Dutch cultural centres, Marjan is back again.

For the bigger part of 2005 and 2006, Marjan has been preparing herself for a new record. She has been arranging and producing the new material, which sounds more grown up and more edgy, with Alex Brackx. The album is due for release in the fall of 2006. In March 2006, Marjan released a new single ‘Charlie Chaplin’ which sounds very much unlike her previous work. It is a song that stands alone on the new record in terms of style and sound, but is so unbelievably catchy that you just have to move your body when you hear it. Keep Blondie in mind for this one...
A second single, Drive, was released in Belgium in August 06 and received airplay on national Radio 1 and several local radio stations. The album itself, entitled Wolfish Times, contains 14 new songs written between 2001 and 2005. The album tells stories of hurt, happiness, bad luck, good tidings, changes and love.

Marjan produced this record with Alex Brackx, who has been her permanent guitarist for a over decade. The sound they chose was an honest one, no artificial effects but just pure songs played by a small group of musicians, with Marjan’s voice in the center of the attention. Musical references are the early Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, Suzanne Vega, the Wrecking Ball album of Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin…

Marjan is currently touring with her accompanying band, featuring bassplayer Bert Embrechts, drummer Eric Bosteels and guitarplayer Alex Brackx to present this album in Belgian clubs and venues but the new album also generated very interesting supportgigs for Luka Bloom, Seth Lakeman and neeka.

And, to top all that, this album is helping Marjan cross borders. In February 2007, she was part of the Rockolates Tour in the UK . In the summer of 2007, she was the first belgian poprock artist ever to play in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the war (1992-1995). In the fall of 2007, Marjan are comiplayed her first gig in Reykjavik, Iceland. 2008 brought her her first French gigs and a second tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The video for her single 'Wolfish Times' made it to number 1 in the JimTV chart show 'Puur Belgisch'.

It seems like Europe is succumbing to Marjan's bittersweet vocals and songs...

Marjan is recording a new album in 2009.

Discography

Album: Wolfish Times (2006) SJM 06003
Single: Wolfish Times (2008) SJM 08001
1. Wolfish Times
2. The Song of letting go

Single: Simple (2007) SJM07001
1. Simple
2. Rockabye

Single: Drive (2006) SJM06002
taken from the forthcoming album Wolfish Times
1. Drive
2. How to make sense of it all

Single: Charlie Chaplin (2006) SJM06001
taken from the forthcoming album Wolfish Times

1. Charlie Chaplin
2. Do you want me (taken for the unreleased Up All Night EP)

Marjan's song 'The song of letting go' was discovered on myspace by 272 Records and it appeared on the compilation 'Acoustika vol.2'. It is for sale on amazon.com.

Up all Night EP (2003) unreleased
UPDATE 10/2009: now on iTUNES!!!

1. Paralysed
2. Up all night
3. Criminals & Angels
4. Do You want me

Album: Humanoid (1999) MAPCD 99003

Single: Call on Me (1999) MAPCD 99001
1. Call on me
2. As I roved out (traditional/live recording)

Single: Live To Tell (1998) MAPCD 98007
1. Live to Tell
2. Winter

Album: Growing Pains (1996) MAPCD 96004

Single: Hold Me (1997) MAPCD 97001
1. Hold Me
2. Life on planet earth