|Birth name Suzanne Abeyratne|
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Songwriter, singer
|Origin London, United Kingdom|
Name Zan Abeyratne
Also known as Zan
Years active 1978–present
|Similar People Kate Ceberano, Big Pig, Models|
Associated acts I'm Talking, Models, INXS
Sherine & Zan Abeyratne - Holy Word (1988 live soundcheck)
Suzanne "Zan" Abeyratne, or simply Zan, is an Australian-raised singer born in London. Known for her beautifully soulful voice, Zan came to prominence as one of the female lead vocalists of the 1980s Australian band, I'm Talking, which included the equally powerful vocal skills of Kate Ceberano. Zan sang lead vocal on the I'm Talking single "Holy Word", which peaked at #9 in Australia, and #21 in New Zealand in 1986.
Along with her twin sister Sherine (a member of Big Pig), Zan supplied her power-house backing vocals to Models, INXS, U2, and toured the world with other bands. After the demise of I'm Talking in 1987, Zan had a brief solo recording career in Australia, America, and England. Her 1989 single "It's Your Move" peaked at #82 on the Australian ARIA singles chart.
She also featured briefly in the episode "Santa Claws" in season 1 of Australian children's comedy series Round the Twist.
Suzanne (later shortened to Zan) and her twin sister, Sherine Abeyratne, were born in London. Their family migrated to Australia and both became vocalists in bands together and separately from 1978.