Debbie began singing as a child and always knew she
wanted to perform. She continued to sing and in later years, began a promising modeling
career, but music was her first love.
In 1995 Debbie made her first television debut as a
contestant on Nashville Star Seek, making it to the finals. From there she went on to
compete in a variety of local talent competitions in Northeastern Ohio including finalist
in the 1998 "Jimmy Dean True Value Country Showdown."
In 1999, Debbie released her first single, "Where I'm Coming From", as an
independent artist to radio nationwide. This single made its way to number one after 25
weeks on the charts and got her nominations for New Female Vocalist, Female Rising Star,
and Single of the Year at the 2000 Golden Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Debbie was
awarded the Golden Music Award for Contemporary Country Artist of the Year
in October of 1999, during the most promising time of
her music career, Debbie suffered a stroke that affected her speech and use of her left
side. However, Debbie's strong determination and passion of music helped her in the fight
to regain her speech and use of her left side so that she could continue to share her
voice with the world. The strength and courage that she has displayed throughout her
battle is proof of the dedication and the heart that she has for others. Debbie has
dedicated this album to all Veterans with a hope that the sacrifices they make will never
be forgotten. She herself is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and holds those
memories very close to her.
With 11 songs on her debut CD, "Where I'm Coming
From", Debbie has paved a pretty nice road to where she's headed. Her voice is as
charming as her appearance and the songs selected for her first work were well chosen..
not to mention well orchestrated and mastered. The balance of music is there to enhance,
not bury her voice. Debbie's vocals shine clearly on each song, which is the way it should
You'll find a range of traditional country ballads to
some more upbeat, semi-pop style of country. The production throughout is strong and
unyielding. In short, "Where I'm Coming From" has a little bit of everything for
everyone to enjoy.
Debbie said, "I want people to feel emotion
through my music. If that has happened, then I have lived a dream." You've lived
through the toughest times, Debbie. Rest assured, you are living your dream.
Find out how you can help Debbie and other US
Veterans who suffer many different diseases from toxic poisoning at Camp Lejeune, NC in
the 80's. Debbie says, "I dedicated my entire album to Veterans so that they would
never be forgotten for the sacrifices they made and make every day. That statement by me
is for every sacrifice, not just war related sacrifices. "I am but one voice, but
with help I will become a choir."
Take a stand and visit The Stand to see how
you can help.