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Internationally recognized singer-songwriter Tal Bachman is taking one step at a time since the August release of his “second” debut album Staring Down The Sun.

Bachman first acquired international fame in 1999, winning Song of the Year JUNO Award for “She’s So High” and another for Best Producer with co-producer Bob Rock. “She’s So High” was a global, multi-format, top 10 smash and has become a radio staple. It won a BMI Song of the Year Award, and has racked up 400,000 + spins in North America alone. Recently the hit track has found new success with World Idol winner Kurt Nilsen and is now the best selling single in the history of Norway and a top five hit in eight European countries and counting.

At the height of the “She’s So High” success, Winnipeg-born Bachman was everywhere, and licensing his songs for film and television. Shortly after the release of his self titled international hit album, the exposure and promotion suddenly stopped. No one was more surprised than Bachman. “I felt kind of like a hockey player that’s not allowed to play. You’re on the bench. ‘The only game I played I scored a hat trick and you won’t let me get on the ice again.’”

For 18 months the battle with his record label went on as support for tours, video and further recording was withheld. The label devoted their attention elsewhere. “They just lost interest in me. They didn’t do anything to me they didn’t do to other young artists such as Shawn Mullins, Sixpence None the Richer, Shawn Colvin and Ricky Martin. For them it is the thrill of the hunt…finding the next gem.” Determined not to become a casualty of the fickle, ailing and misguided music business, Bachman dumped his high priced management team and retreated to Salt Spring Island off Vancouver Island.

Getting back on track, the artist, husband and father of seven built a recording studio in his barn and got down to writing in hopes of reviving his career. He also spent time with his young family by coaching little league soccer and by becoming a doctrine instructor for the Mormon Church, a community from which he has recently removed himself and his family.

Finally, in 2002 Tal was released from his contract and he was free to shop around his new material. In 2003 he began to single handedly write, record and produce what would become Staring Down The Sun. This long awaited follow-up album demonstrates Tal’s craftsmanship as a sing-songwriter. It is a collection of skillfully written songs that exudes a confidence and maturity that only comes from experiencing life’s ups and downs.

The making and release of Staring Down the Sun (Aug 17th) is a triumph of perseverance and survival in the music business, and after a prolonged period of limbo Tal is anxious to get out on the road and prove himself as a performer. As a prelude to this fall’s Canadian tour dates (see below) Tal recently opened for Neil Young, Barenaked Ladies and his famous father, Randy at the acclaimed Clean Air concert on Vancouver Island.

Signing to Sextant Records in May of 2004, the album’s first single “Aeroplane” reached top 20 in Canada and is enjoying wide spread airplay six months after release. The video for second single “Broken” was immediately added to MuchMoreMusic and the third single “Masquerade” has just been released to radio.