Debra Andrew’s debut solo album ‘Child of The Universe’ sparked an incredibly positive reaction from BBC Radio 2 audiences with songs from the album featuring on the ‘Good Morning Sunday Show’. Reviews in UK Country Music Press, support from other UK Folk/Country Music Artists and Radio Presenters, along with responses from BBC Local Radio audiences have all been extremely encouraging with first impressions stirring a very warm welcome for the authentic sound of Debra’s voice and style of songwriting. Independent Radio Stations in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and Europe continue to add Debra’s songs to their playlists.
While writing songs for her High School’s productions Debra’s first live performances in folk/ acoustic clubs in Liverpool laid her roots firmly in Country, Folk, Acoustic and Americana Music.
Stepping out in to the creative world put Debra on the pathway to a wide range of recording, writing, production and performance work covering a wide variety of projects for UK Theatre Tours, West End Theatre, UK TV’s BBC, ITV, E4 and Channel 4, UK Film, British Animation and other commissioned works.
During her time with Universal Music Publishing song writing collaborations for recording artists across all music genres led to Chart success in the UK, Europe and the USA, with very earliest works for ‘Pop Idol’ and ‘Fame Academy’ (Spain) including a UK Top 10 with ‘Come On Over’, a Spanish No 1 with ‘I Dare You’, and Pop /Dance Chart Hits with ‘Not Sorry’ and ‘Are You Ready For Love’. Writing collaborations with music production teams included, Metrophonic, Biffco, Mike Rutherford, Calum MacColl, Ash Howes, Ben Cullum and one writing project with Lee Dagger and Marc JB led to Debra’s vocals reaching in to the dance music genre, for the song ‘St Tropez’ released as a single in the UK and featured in the documentary of the same name on British TV channels E4 and CH4.
Chart success continued for Debra, as both recording artist and songwriter, when she was invited to bring her vocal sound and writing style to other dance music projects including releases with Ministry of Sound, Phonetic Recordings, Positiva, EMI Records, in the UK and Europe, with Robbins in the USA and on other Major Labels worldwide. The Chart-Topping ‘Blue Water’ co-written with producers ‘Black Rock’ became Pete Tong’s and BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential Tune’ and featured on the soundtrack of the British Film / Comedy ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’. The MTV video featuring Debra and the release of ‘Blue Water’ in the USA led to Debra collaborating (again as co-writer and recording artist) with Ben Cullum and Ferry Corsten resulting in the songs ‘Forever’ and ‘Beautiful’ released in Europe and the USA with 'Beautiful' becoming a club-anthem across the USA during Ferry’s summer tour.
Music written for children includes BBC’s ‘The Tweenies’ and CITV’s ‘Mole In The Hole’, Debra has written extensively for both children’s animation and live theatre in the UK and Europe, and for ZSL.
Concert performances with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Band at St. Martin In The Fields, London, performing at various UK Music Festivals, for the UK Country Radio Awards, at ‘Voices For Hospices’, many other live music events across the UK and Europe, and singing backing vocals for Lisa Stansfield.
‘New Beginning’ takes Debra Andrew back to where it all began and where the heartbeat of music and song-writing has always been for her, in the sound of Americana, Folk and Country Music influences.