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Deborah Malena, a southern California native has been a professional musician and singer most of her life. Once a teacher, she has done studio work, and has performed all over the world. She was the music director at Calvary Lutheran Church, Arleta for almost 30 years. Deborah worked with country hall of fame member, Cliffie Stone and producer, Ray Ruff. She has sung on two of Pat Boone albums. Deborah plays bass, keyboards and musical saw. She began writing gospel songs about 8 years ago. She has four sons, two dogs and a great husband, Garth, who is also her guitarist. Garth Phillipsen, born in Oregon, raised in southern California, and Alaska also made his living in the music field. As a young man, he performed with a gospel trio in California, then with his father performing and ministering to the native Alaskans for the Salvation Army. He then played in nightclubs, restaurants and Las Vegas. He too worked with Cliffie Stone and Ray Ruff. Garth had the opportunity to perform with many great musicians, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Stuart Hamblin, Tex Williams, the original champagne lady, Roberta Lynn and Molly Bee to name a few. Together, Deborah and Garth have a music ministry and a burning desire to spread God's word. As a songwriter, Deborah writes in many different styles. Most of the songs the Lord gives her are filled with hope and peace. Enjoy, be filled and spread the Good News...