Come Dance with Me
Born in Houston, Texas, Debra now bides her time between Austin, Port Aransas, and Los Angeles. She started singing with a folk group at church in Austin while in college. Later she joined Austin's premier comedy sketch group, Esther's Follies, where she also sang and danced. She then formed her own sketch group, Better Than TV Players, where she wrote and performed parodies of jazz, swing, and Broadway tunes. During this time she worked with an all-girl group performing Andrew Sisters-type songs. Throughout the years, Debra has sung with many of Austin's folk, pop, and rock groups and several blues and Jump blues and Swing Bands in Los Angeles. She was strongly influenced by many of Austins' blues performers, including Lou Ann Barton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Marcia Ball, Toni Price, and Forth Worth's Delbert McClinton. In Los Angeles, Debra met the late great J.J. Bad Boy Jones, a respected blues guitarist and singer in the B.B. King vein. She was his special guest vocalist on and off for about 10 years. Later, with blues/jazz guitarist Michael Carter, she formed her own band, the Backyard Angels, where they played a mixed blend of Southern blues, country, and rock. Debra has also performed in Los Angeles with Swing Syndicate, William 'Soul' Porter, Flat Top Tom and His Jump Cats, Erik Estrand, Mark and the Torchlighters, and many other swing and blues bands. Debra is thrilled to have joining her: Karen Hammack on piano, George Friend on guitar, David Jackson on bass, Dave Victorino on saxophone, and Steve Mugalian on drums. Together with this extraordinary group of talented musicians, a dream was realized in her first CD, Come Dance With Me. For your listening and dancing pleasure, Debra sings her favorite selections of swing and jazz standards and southern blues. Her New CD That's Right!' is also available on CDbaby.