Tia Blake

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Tia Blake was the stage name of Christiana Elizabeth Wallman (1952-2015), an American writer and singer.


Wallman was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1952, and grew up in North Carolina.[1] In 1970 she worked for Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York for six months, before moving to Paris.[1] In Paris she recorded an album of folk songs at Ossian Studio in 1971. This was released in February 1972 by Société Française de Productions Phonographiques (SFPP) under the title Folk Songs and Ballads: Tia Blake and Her Folk-group.[1]

In 1976 Wallman recorded a number of her own original songs in the Canadian Broadcasting Company studio in Montreal, where she was then living.[1]

In 1979 she worked with Daniel Lavoie performing back vocals during the recording of the Nirvana Bleu album.

Wallman graduated from Smith College in 1989 and became a freelance writer and editor, living in North Carolina. She published two pieces in Granta, the second of which appeared posthumously.[2] She died in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on 17 June 2015.[3]



  • Folk Songs and Ballads: Tia Blake and Her Folk-group (LP), SFPP, Paris, 1972
    • reissued by Water Music, California, in 2012, together with Paris demos (1973) and CBC Montreal recordings (1976)
  • Tia Blake, Paris and Montreal Demos 1973-1976 (EP), Yep Roc Records, 2018.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d "Tia Blake Collection". Southern Folklife Collection, Louis Round Wilson Library, University of North Carolina.
  2. ^ "Tia Wallman". Granta.
  3. ^ "Tia Blake". discogs.
  4. ^ "Happy 2019! A look back at 2018". Southern Folklife Collection. 2 Jan 2019.

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