Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the multi-talented Debbie Deane grew up listening to Carole King, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan. She found herself driven to explore the fertile ground of music and lyrics. Her older brother introduced her to folk, funk and fusion. She listened to all the great divas in the folk, pop and jazz worlds, and developed an intense interest in groove music and jazz harmony. Music was the ultimate refuge.
After earning a degree in English Literature, Debbie embarked on her music career. She studied jazz intensively at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, honing the piano skills that she continues to display as a singer-songwriter. At first her songwriting and singing came as an afterthought, but then took the forefront. In the last five years she’s shown impressive development on the guitar as well.
In her performing and recording life, Debbie has had the good fortune to work with top-tier jazz musicians who share her interest in quality songwriting — people like drummer Brian Blade and saxophonist Joshua Redman. Upon moving back to Brooklyn, she lived in a “jazz den” with some of the city’s most promising jazz musicians, including saxophonist Seamus Blake, drummer Marc Miralta and pianists John Stetch and George Colligan. “Everyone came through our place,” says Debbie. “The people I’ve played with, they’re all my friends and they’ve known me, they’ve been my roommates and people I went to school with.” Their presence on Debbie’s recordings and at her live shows is a powerful endorsement.
Debbie continues to gig extensively in New York and beyond. She is proud to be a part of Brooklyn Above Ground, a diverse music collective that has donated proceeds from its compilation CD to the grass-roots organization World Hunger Year. Debbie’s songs have appeared on TV’s “Party of Five,” on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s album Let’s Go Bang, and in a number of films. In addition, she is a cast member of the Great American Pop Show: the History of American Popular Music, which tours elementary schools in and around New York City. Teaching music is a big part of her life.
Her self-titled debut CD, produced by bassist Jeff Andrews and featuring Wayne Krantz, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Phil Markowitz and more, was licensed by ESC Records and released in Europe in 2005. She was featured on Radio France, and on Lufthansa Airline's Inflight program in 2006. The label also honored Debbie by including her rendition of “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)” on the 2006 compilation Maestros of Cool: a Tribute to Steely Dan.
In June 2007 Debbie releases her second album, the richly rewarding Grove House, on RKM Records, a label run by the illustrious jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Once again, she brings warmth, sophistication and rock-n-roll edge to the table, leading another cast of fine musicians as she sings of love, ambivalence and freedom.