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Old April 6th, 2010, 01:03 PM
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Debbie Deb

At just 16 years old, she had a hit record after being “discovered” at a north Miami record store.

Her two releases for Jam Packed Records…”When I hear Music”, and “Lookout Weekend” have become Freestyle classics on crossover radio, and can still be heard often on those stations during mix shows.

The Brooklyn, New York born, and North Miami Beach raised vocalist was never given a formal singing lesson, but spent much of her youth making her own “vocals only” cassettes, belting out Teena Marie and Deneice Williams tunes, and playing them back to herself on tape. Debbie notes: “I was very shy…So I never really sang for my friends at school. I kept my passion for music pretty much to myself”. At one point, a counselor asked Deb what she wanted to do with her life. Deb continues: “I knew I didn’t want to be a Doctor or a Lawyer, but that I wanted to do something in the field of music”. With that, Debbie began a work experience program which would earn school credit. The Peaches Record Store on 167th. St. was Debbie’s home base for two years from which she would order records for the Disco station. It was here she got her first break in the business…a chance meeting with producer Pretty Tony. Tony told Debbie he liked “the way she talked” and asked if she could sing, and the answer was an unequivocal YES!

The day following the record store meeting with Tony, she traveled to his studio to check things out. Upon entering the studio, the musical track for “When I Hear Music” was blaring from the studio speakers. Tony and Deb ended up writing the lyrics to “When I Hear Music”, and in a matter of hours, had the vocal tracks down.

Deb was excited and “psyched” to hear herself in a “professional” environment. During the next few months, “Music” was played on the radio. Then it was played again. Then again, and again, then again….. A baptism by fire followed which included the signing of one-sided contracts and whirlwind concert dates from New York to LA.

When Deb recorded “Lookout Weekend”, problems started, and her music was placed on the “back burner” as far as her record company was concerned. The record company went so far as to replace Deb on live shows with imposters, and to make matters worse, Debbie was not receiving any payments owed to her. Deb adds: “They never paid me any of the money I was owed, so six months later, I sued for back royalties, and although I won a settlement, the entire experience really soured me on the business….I thought I was out for good. After a little time to reflect, Deb, now a resident of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area, finds herself frequently back on stage with many other freestyle artist from the 80's. .
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Re: Debbie Deb

Debbie Deb is/was an alias for Pretty Tony productions. Does this person in this biography own the name Debbie Deb now?
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Old May 12th, 2010, 12:49 PM
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Re: Debbie Deb

Originally Posted by crypticreign View Post
Debbie Deb is/was an alias for Pretty Tony productions. Does this person in this biography own the name Debbie Deb now?
"This person" is the original Debbie Deb. Her name is "Debbie". She put the pen to paper after hearing the instrumental, and created When I hear Music and Lookout Weekend way back in the day in Miami with Pretty Tony. They threw a less talented blonde girl named Anne out there soon after cause Debbie wasn't 80's barbie thin and lacked stage presence. Anne sings on "Fantasy" and "Searchin" but thats about it. Years later after Tony nosedived and sold everything, Debbie came out with an album "She's Back" which had moderate success and is on Pandisc label, but nothing like the earlier anthems we all love. Pandisc "owns" it all as far as I've heard. You might be thinking of the term "Freestyle" which was the alias Tony used for many things including the band of "Its Automatic" fame...
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