Deborah Davis is a gifted singer and consumate performer that has captivated audiences throughout the world. A Jazz singer fused with the gospel, Texas Blues, a whole lot of soul , natural flowing charm and a flawless stage presence, Deborah Davis draws you into her show. A native of Dallas Texas, Deborah’s musical development lead her to move to NEW YORK CITY, where she has carved out a niche for herself on the U.S., East Coast, European, Asian, Russian, & Middle Eastern music scenes.
Deborah's distinct style of phrasing, extraordinary singing ability and professionalism has earned her invitations to perform with legendary jazz greats RAY BROWN, LIONEL HAMPTON and CLARK TERRY, as well as an rare opportunity to substitute for ABBEY LINCOLN. In addition, FREDDIE HUBBARD, ART BLAKEY, LOU DONALDSON and HAROLD MABERN have all shared their stage with Deborah. She has led her own bands featuring many of New York’s jazz lions such a DELFEAYO MARSALIS, BENNY GREEN, CYRUS CHESTNUT, GERALD CLAYTON, CHRISTIAN MC BRIDE, PETER WASHINGTON, RON AFFIF, RUSSELL MALONE, JEFF WATS, GREG HUTCHINSON, BRIAN BLADE, LEWIS NASH, and too many others to name.
Deborah has lit up the stages of very well established New York jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals including THE BLUE NOTE, BIRDLAND, VILLAGE VANGUARD, SWEET BASIL, SMALLS, SMOKE, THE JAZZ STANDARD, THE ZINC BAR, TAVERN ON THE GREEN, THE RAINBOW ROOM, and for dignitaries at the UNITED NATIONS & U.S. EMBASSY affairs including a performance for PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. In 2004 Deborah and her band were chosen by the U.S. State Department and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, in a national audition to represent the U.S as Jazz Ambassadors traveling to Latin America fostering good will and presenting jazz awareness. Deborah has performed in Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jamaica, Monaco, Iceland, Russia, Kazakhastan, Daghestan, & Dubai just to name a few of her favorite locations. She has performed with THE SHIRELLS, jammed with BON JOVI and BILLY JOEL, and opened for DIANA ROSS, CELINE DIONE, SANTANA, CHICAGO, ERIC CLAPTON, Z.Z.TOP, JILL SCOTT, ALICIA KEYS, MACY GRAY, ALANIS MORISETTE, JAMIE CULLUM and more. On the music business front Deborah established MANHATTAN MUSIC DESIGN, booking, contracting and performing for many of New York’s Elite Social Functions & Corporate Events, as well as contracting singers for international jazz clubs & festivals and hotels. Deborah formed her own label GOT MY OWN RECORDS while self producing her first three CD’s, “Only Part of Me”, “No Ways Tired” & “Compilation”.
Deborah began singing as soon as she could speak. She sang in church choir, school talent shows, and cover bands. Her first inspiration towards a jazz career was when her high school choir director ROBERT SANDERS added her to his weekend jazz gigs. Deborah went on to earn a BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION DEGREE in vocal studies from NORTH TEXAS UNIVERSITY and subsequently an ASSOCIATE ARTS DEGREE in RECORDING ENGINEERING at CEDAR VALLEY COLLEGE, and a TESOL degree online.
Always striving to be a well rounded person, Deborah adds to her list of life accomplishment a 26.2 mile fundraising marathon for the LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY (which she completed in Dublin, Ireland), and ongoing annual benefit concerts at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club, to raise funds for that cause. When not on the road Deborah enjoys Substitute Teaching, Jewelry Making, Sewing, Abstract Art, Poetry,Vegetarian Cooking, Bikram Yoga, and working out. Deborah also collects any thing relating to MONKEYS.