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Tal Bachman
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Background information
Birth nameTalmage Charles Robert Bachman
Also known asIan Starglow
Born (1968-08-13) August 13, 1968 (age 51)
OriginWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada[1]
GenresPop rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
LabelsColumbia, Sextant, Daylight

Talmage Charles Robert "Tal" Bachman (born August 13, 1968) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his late 1999 hit, "She's So High", a pop rock tune from his self-titled 1999 album that led to a BMI award.[2]

Musical career[edit]

1999–2000: Debut album[edit]

Bachman got his musical break when executives at EMI Music Publishing in New York City heard a demo tape, and aided him in securing a record deal with Columbia Records. Bob Rock (of Metallica, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and Skid Row fame) signed on to co-produce his debut album. His first album, Tal Bachman, featured what would eventually become his hit single, "She's So High",[3] which reached No. 1 on three different radio formats in Canada. The song became a multi-format Top 10 hit in the United States and internationally, earning BMI's "Song of the Year" award. The album earned Bachman two Juno awards in Canada, and much media exposure, including appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV, MuchMusic, and E Network; and profiles, interviews, and reviews in Rolling Stone, Q Magazine, USA Today, Interview, and the Los Angeles Times. In support of the record, Bachman toured as an opening act for Bryan Adams and the Barenaked Ladies, and also toured in his own right.

2004–2005: Staring Down the Sun[edit]

Bachman's second album, Staring Down the Sun, was released in Canada on Sextant Records in August 2004 and was released in the United States by Artemis Records in 2006. The single "Aeroplane" reached No. 20 on the Canadian charts and was used in the 2005 film, American Pie Presents: Band Camp. It was played as an instrumental and during the credits.

Personal life[edit]

Bachman lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and is the son of Canadian rocker Randy Bachman of the classic rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive. His sister Lorelei Bachman is also a writer and a musician.

He is a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and went on a two-year mission to Argentina, but after two years of research into that church's origins, Bachman concluded that the church's founder Joseph Smith had invented his stories, and severed his ties to that church.

As the holder of a bachelor's degree in political science, Bachman has moonlighted as a political commentator.[citation needed]

He plays right-wing and outside-centre for the Victoria, BC rugby club Castaway Wanderers RFC.[4]

In 2006, Bachman was interviewed for the 2007 PBS documentary called The Mormons. In it, he discussed his departure from the LDS church.[5] In 2008, Bachman also discussed his departure from the LDS church when interviewed for the Bill Maher documentary Religulous.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
1999 Tal Bachman 124
2004 Staring Down the Sun
  • Release date: July 13, 2004
  • Label: Sextant Records


Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
2019 Ian Starglow’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 as Ian Starglow
  • Release date: December 9, 2019
  • Label: Self-release


Year Title Chart positions Album
1999 "She's So High" 3 30 14 1 30 Tal Bachman
"Strong Enough" 31 59
"If You Sleep" 61 35
2004 "Aeroplane" 20 Staring Down the Sun
2019 "Na Na Na" Ian Starglow’s Greatest Hits Volume 1


Third Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (2000)

  • Best New Solo Artist – Rock
  • Best New Solo Artist – Pop Adult
  • Best New Solo Artist – Contemporary Hit Radio

29th Annual Juno Awards (2000)

  • Best New Solo Artist (won)
  • Best Producer (with Bob Rock) for "She's So High" and "If You Sleep" (won)[8]
  • Best Pop/Adult Album (nominated)
  • Best Songwriter (nominated)


  1. ^ "Bachman, Tal". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Canoe. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rob Thomas, Eagle-Eye Cherry Receive BMI Awards". Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Winnipeg’s one-hit wonders. They were supposed to be the next big thing. Where did they go?". The Uniter, Catherine van Reenen, March 31, 2011
  4. ^ "Castaways Wanderers Rugby – Tal Bachman Profile". Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "FRONTLINE + American Experience: Mormons - PBS". Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 21, 2008). "Britney Spears, 'NSYNC Led The Class Of '99, But Whatever Happened To Len, Orgy?". MTV. Retrieved August 23, 2009. Most recently, he can be seen in the Bill Maher documentary "Religulous", talking about his break with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 38. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ Larry LeBlanc (February 12, 2000). "Morissette leads Canada's Juno nomination list". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 45–. ISSN 0006-2510.

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