Since the release of Debra’s debut album ‘Child of The Universe’ she has been invited to perform songs and talk about the project on BBC Local Radio shows around the UK. The BBC Radio 2 ‘Good Morning Sunday’ show hosted by Aled Jones featured several songs from the album with Aled announcing that the response from listeners to Debra’s song ‘Footprints’ had been “quite overwhelming”.
Reaction in the UK Country Music Press, from other UK Folk and Country Music Artists and Radio Presenters has been extremely positive with first impressions stirring a warm welcome for the authentic sound of Debra’s voice and many finding her songs inspiring and beautiful. Independent Radio Stations in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and Europe continue to add Debra’s songs to their playlists.
Signed to Native Songs / Universal Music Publishing for seven years Debra’s song writing collaborations resulted in Chart success in the UK, Europe and the US. Writing with Ash Howes, Martin Harrington, Biff Standard, Pete Kirtley, Tim Kellet, various writers from Brain Rawling’s ‘Metrophonic’, Calum McColl, Mike Rutherford, Rob Davies, Mike Stephens and Ben Cullum for Recording Artists between 2001 and 2003 from many different music genres releases included UK Top Ten Hit ‘Come On Over’ for Kym Marsh taken from her debut album upon leaving ‘HearSay’, ‘Are You Ready For Love’ and ‘Not Sorry’ for Sarah Whatmore (UK Pop Idol), and ‘I Dare You’ for Chenoa (Spanish Fame Academy Winner). Invited to collaborate with the writing team ‘Skahana’ Debra co-wrote and performed ‘St Tropez’ which was released as a single in the UK and featured in the documentary of the same name on British TV channels E4 and CH4.
In 2004 as a recording artist and song-writer Debra had great success in the UK charts with releases through Phonetic Recordings, Positiva and EMI Records, the USA with Robbins and other Major Labels across Europe and Australia. Debra has been seen on MTV performing her Chart-Topping ‘Blue Water’ co-written with producers ‘Black Rock’. The song became BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential Tune’ in the summer of 2005 and featured on the soundtrack of the British Film / Comedy ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’. The release of ‘Blue Water’ in the US led to Debra collaborating with Ben Cullum and Ferry Corsten resulting in the songs ‘Forever’ and ‘Beautiful’ released in Europe and the USA during 2006/ 2007, with Beautiful becoming a club-anthem across the USA during the summer of 2007.
In the realms of music for British Television Debra has written for BBC’s ‘The Tweenies’ and CITV’s ‘Mole In The Hole’ Show.
At the end of 2008 Debra returned to her folk, acoustic roots for inspiration when writing her debut solo album ‘Child Of The Universe’ which was recorded during 2009 / 2010.
Debra is based in the South of the UK and began her career when aged 12 singing in the folk clubs around Liverpool and the North West of England. She went on to study Musical Theatre and Speech & Drama while continuing to write her own songs.
Before turning her full attention to song writing she worked in the realms of British Theatre and Television. Theatre roles included ‘Sandy’ Grease (UK National Tour), ‘Helena’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Neptune Theatre), ‘Wendy’ Peter Pan (The Hawth), and ‘Angel’ in Follow The Star with Ruthie Henshall (Chichester Festival Theatre). Television roles in British Drama included the serials ‘Emmerdale’ (ITV), Brookside (CH4) and Spender with Jimmy Nail (BBC). Debra worked alongside Sue Johnson in the Comedy Series ‘Luv’ by Carla Laine (BBC).
Past work also includes a concert performance with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Band at St. Martin In The Fields, London, backing vocals for Lisa Stansfield, writing music for children, solo performances at events across London and Europe, voice-over for feature animation and for Sky BSB, writing songs for the ZSL London Zoo, appearing in Television Commercials for ‘Tescos’, performing at various Music Festivals, UK Country Radio Awards and at ‘Voices For Hospices’.