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DEBBIE GIBSON

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Deborah Ann Gibson

Description: Vocalist, Composer, Actress, USA
Known For: Known for singles from “Out Of The Blue” and “Only in My Dreams”

Instruments: Voice, Piano
Music Styles: Dance-Pop, Pop/Rock

Location: NY, United States of America

Date Born: 31st August 1970
Location Born: Long Island, New York, United States of America

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CONTACT DETAILS

Web Site:  Official website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Debbie Gibson

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson (born August 31, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, and former reality television competitor.

In 1988, she was pronounced the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song “Foolish Beat”. She has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals, as well as independent film and television work. She continues to record, and reached the adult contemporary chart as high as No. 24 during 2006 in a duet with Jordan Knight titled “Say Goodbye”.

Debbie Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the third daughter of four for Diane and Joseph Gibson. She grew up in the Long Island suburb of Merrick and was raised Catholic. At age 5, she began performing in community theater with her sisters Karen, Michele, and Denise, and cousin T.J. Normandin and wrote her first song, “Make Sure You Know Your Classroom”. At age eight, she sang in the children’s chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She began playing the ukulele and taking piano lessons soon after, including with American pianist Morton Estrin. She said that her household was probably the only one where bystanders would hear kids fighting over piano playing time.

After years of writing and producing her own material, Gibson finally found her demo in the hands of a radio personality who eventually shared it with an executive at Atlantic Records. Based solely on Gibson’s original song, “Only in My Dreams”, she was signed to a development deal and began a promotional tour of club venues throughout the United States.

Gibson spent much of 1986 and the beginning of 1987 building her songwriting catalog while continuing to play club dates. Continuing her promotional tour, Gibson also continued attending classes at Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY, where she would later graduate as an honor student. Diane Gibson, Debbie’s mother and manager, accompanied her daughter on many of these track dates. “We played dance clubs, straight clubs and gay clubs,” Diane has said.

The promotional pressing of “Only in my Dreams” landed the song within the Billboard Hot 100.[5][6] Atlantic Records signed Gibson to a recording contract and thus began the process of completing what would be the first record.

Gibson, along with producer Fred Zarr, wrote, recorded and produced her first album “Out of the Blue” in only 4 weeks. Now having something to market, “Only in My Dreams” was selected as Debbie’s 1st single. This time, “Dreams” found traction on Top 40 radio and reached a peak of No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart.

Following the success of “Dreams”, “Shake Your Love” was released as the follow-up single and reached the Billboard Top 5. The “Shake Your Love” video was choreographed by Paula Abdul and was the 1st time MTV had visited Debbie on a video shoot.

In 1987, while performing around the United States at nightclub venues, Gibson was recording what would become her debut album, Out Of The Blue. It was recorded in four weeks. Four singles from the album reached the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart: “Only in My Dreams”, “Shake Your Love”, “Out Of The Blue”, and the No. 1 hit “Foolish Beat”, followed by “Staying Together”, which performed more modestly, reaching No. 22. “Foolish Beat” set a record for Gibson, making her (at 17) the youngest artist ever to write, produce, and perform a Billboard No. 1 single, as entered in the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records, and she remains the youngest female artist to do so. “Out Of The Blue” was established as a hit album and she had success in the UK and southeast Asia, filling stadiums with her “Out Of The Blue” tour. By the end of 1988, “Out of the Blue” had gone triple platinum.

The Out Of The Blue music video compilation was certified platinum by the RIAA; the concert tour video was certified 2x platinum. In October 1988, Gibson sang the national anthem for Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series.

Electric Youth was released in early 1989, and spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Top 200 Album chart. The first single released, “Lost in Your Eyes”, was No. 1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks, garnering her another achievement as the first female to have both an album and single simultaneously at No. 1. (She shared the 1989 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award with Bruce Springsteen.) Subsequent singles from the album were “Electric Youth” (No. 11), “No More Rhyme” (No. 17), and “We Could Be Together” (No. 71). The Electric Youth album was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA. The successful “Electric Youth” world tour and Live Around the World VHS (2x platinum) followed. In 1988, Debbie sang “Don’t Flirt with Me”.

Personal life

Over the years, Gibson has been the target of stalkers. Robert Bardo, who was convicted for murdering actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989, had a wall in his house adorned with pictures of Gibson and Tiffany. In May 1998, Michael Falkner, a disgruntled fan from Eau Claire, WI, was arrested outside Manhattan’s Palace Theater, where Gibson was performing in the live musical adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This was after Gibson received threatening letters, emails and faxes from Falkner, who used the alias ‘Starcade’. However, a temporary restraining order was not issued by the court, and a court date was set to determine if a restraining order was appropriate in the matter. The proceeding was dismissed when Gibson failed to show up at the courthouse for the hearing to present her case.

Gibson was once engaged to Jonathan Kanterman.

Gibson has been in a longterm relationship since 2008 with Rutledge Taylor.

Gibson has been battling Lyme Disease since early 2013.

Discography

Main article: Debbie Gibson discography
Out of the Blue (1987)
Electric Youth (1989)
Anything Is Possible (1990)
Body Mind Soul (1993)
Think with Your Heart (1995)
Deborah (1997)
M.Y.O.B. (2001)
Colored Lights: The Broadway Album (2003)
Ms. Vocalist (2010)

Filmography

Film

1984: Ghostbusters (uncredited)
1986: The Manhattan Project (uncredited)
1986: Sweet Liberty (uncredited)
1999: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
2001: Wedding Band
2001: Soulkeeper
2004: Celeste in the City
2006: Coffee Date
2007: Body/Antibody
2009: Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus
2011: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid
2012: Rock of Ages
2014: Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark

Television

1991: Beverly Hills, 90210; Episode: “East Side Story”
1991: Street Justice as Gabrielle in “Backbeat”
1995: Step by Step
1995: Kidsongs; Episode: “Fun With Manners”
2002: That ’80s Show
2000: Maggie Bloom as Maggie Bloom
2003: American Juniors as judge
2006: Skating with Celebrities
2009: Rita Rocks as Cindy Schotz in “Old Friends”
2010: Celebrity Ghost Stories
2012: Celebrity Apprentice
2015: The Music in Me (TV movie)

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After parting company with EMI, Gibson formed her own record label, Espiritu, to release her original material.

In 2001, Gibson released her seventh album on her then-new record label, Golden Egg, titled M.Y.O.B.

Gibson debuted on Broadway in 1992, playing Eponine in “Les Misérables”.

She played Fanny Brice in a revamped “Funny Girl” tour.

She also starred the critically lauded production of “Gypsy” in a production staged at The Papermill Playhouse.

In October 2002, she starred in the Boston production of “Chicago”.

Gibson also a talented pianist has sold over 16 million records.

Noted Albums

1987: Out of the Blue
1989: Electric Youth
1990: Anything Is Possible
1992: Body Mind Soul
1995: Think With Your Heart
1997: Deborah
2001: M.Y.O.B.
2003: Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

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