Debbie Davidsohn picked up her first guitar at 3 years old which was a child's acoustic nylon string and started writing songs and singing. This was bought for her by her parents. By ten she was picking up music by ear, playing piano, and writing songs also on piano and singing. One of her first songs on piano was called, "Star Child". Being raised in a somewhat musical family with her sister also playing music and hanging out with famous music celebrities who came by their home her inflences started to soar. Dance classes and professional music training came next and her mother afforded her private piano lessons, ballet, and tap lessons. Her first dance show was a performance in an auditorium for thousands of Viet Nam War Vets.
By teens Debbie entered her first Rock band called "Red & Blue" and were soon to be playing Club 88. Although Debbie was too young to enter the club she wasn't allowed to drink but was allowed to sing on the stage and exit. Debbie also sang in a number of choirs from the Hebrew Choir to the Christian Choir to the Bhuddist Choir. She moved to Washington with her guitar and studied guitar. When she went back to L.A. to continue writing and working with other musicians. Debbie continued to write music, perform, and study with private voice coaches as well.
Debbie recorded and collaborated with Dan Schmidt from Oinga Boinga at his State of The Art Studios where they recorded the songs "You're My Superstar" and "I Always Want To Be In Love". She opened at nightspots doing classical standard material with well known singers while studying music. Debbie Davidsohn sang everything from classic standards such as "New York New York" at Ritzy private lush spots, to lyp sinking her singles at discos and party clubs.
In 1983 Debbie was ready with her first part of her LP for radio when her personal manager gave her select songs radio stations to air. They were also helping a charity and added the music to PSR radio. KDAY picked up a song on the LP called "Diamonds In My Backyard". Other stations also did air the songs on one time airplay. The album wasn't complete yet until Debbie met up with a profound writer, musician named Justin Tyme. Together they worked and formed a band performing out wherever they could and recorded in many major studios together. The duo played at the opening of BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) with their combined Rock, Soul, Funk outfit Yankee Rose. The couple wrote "Fire In The Bed", "Angel", "Hot N Secsy", "I Am The Jungle Rock Queen", "Rock N Roll For the Bucks", together which was recorded all in professional 24 track studios. Other songs were added such as "We're Survivors", "Rocksody Of Love-Will You Marry Me Part I", and others. Debbie also released this on her first record label called BDRQ Records and put the product in stores nationwide and by 1989 there were two versions of the project with 10 music videos and eons of music video footage with film accomplished sitting on the editing floor mostly left unedited. Music Connection wrote the first story about her. KROQ added the music. There were sample edits accomplished by an MGM editor with Leslie Segal(director, novel writer) who released versions of the songs on public access cable stations.
Debbie also collaborated and worked with all sorts of groovy musicians in and out of the studio who traveled from Europe and Japan to record with her. Debbie worked with Paul Sabu (CBS, Childsplay, Alice Cooper, Rose Royce, Ann Margarate) Producer, world reknown guitar player on her productions of "Children Of Tomorrow" EP which was written about throughout the Rock Press and added to Spain's Playlist and to underground radio. Paul heard the songs and together they went into the studio reediting what was already cut with Paul adding his guitar solos throughout the production
Deborah formed an all girls version of Sun Goddess in which they recorded a live music video at SIR studios. She regrouped and the band recorded a 4 song LP. Deborah played rythm guitar in this band, sang lead vocals, and played keyboards. She also arranged the string arrangements. The music turned into routy, operetic, and raunchy coupled with human rights call outs.
Deborah formed another grouping of Sun Goddess with Kenichi Suzuki, Barney Cortinez, and Michael Blaise with Debbie singing lead and playing rythm guitars, strings, and piano throughout the production. This group recorded a 7 song LP at Paul Hilton's Bonghit Studios. Phil Brown did some of the mixdowns with Deborah on 3 of the songs, "Tonight Let's Be Together", "Our Love" & "Cast Upon Waters". Phil Brown worked on Robert Plant's album "Dreamland", has recently appeared in Guitar One Magazine, worked with Cher, and Bonnie Taylor.
By 2005 when Debbie started to write "How The West Was Won" Debbie invited Johnny Travers (The Regulators) to perform on the song in a bluesed out version of her original version a rock version. Johnny Travers hadn't toured or played for awhile and was sad and he felt glad to be playing a guitar again.
"Naughty" was written by Debbie and Shari Verona and recorded at Verona studios. Debbie did the music and vocals, programs and Shari helped arrange and coined "Naughty", mixed and did the engineering work involved this time.
Deborah opened for The Drifters, Joe Sample, sang with Billy Preston live on "That's The Way God Planned It" and has performed at many nightclubs around the city, music interviews and tv shows such as Sheena Metal Rock Reviews, the Korean Festival, and others. She opened and headlined clubs for and with many Rock N Roll bands. Some of the shows are done in video. She recorded vocals for Rhada Como (Perry Como's neice) and also appeared in music videos that of her own and others. Along side this she appeared bit roles in major films.
Besides this Deborah collaborated writing a song with hit songwriter "Taka" (The Whispers and a ton more) and wrote "I Need Somebody". Deborah also wrote with Carl Ruckerman (Stones, Nina Hagen), Phil Brown, and others. She also recorded in the best studios including Natalie Cole's studio where she made the album with her father Nat King Cole, Hollywood Sound, Studio Sound, Valley Center Studios, Baraka's (Sting and others) "Two Guys From the Valley", her own small studio "The Garden", and others.
Her first rapping experience is before Rap became popular when she befreinded a little boy named Donald Milller whose daddy passed away. He and Debbie went to his big empty house together and he got on his piano and pulled out some Jimi Hendrix sheet music. Together with Deborah they played rapped and sang to pass those days away. They recorded cassette tapes at that time of the friendly singing/raps of Jimi Hendrix. Donald Miller's daddy was in the band WAR.
Besides making music Deborah also studied and performaed dance and created new styles of dance, performed in music videos, studying dance and choreography on 2 scholarships and five grants in college. To earn a living Deborah moonlighted as an exotic dancer doing shows with humor and combining ballet, jazz, tap on those stages. She performed the Flamenco Ballet in a video which is flamenco on pointe shoes (not very common), and choreographed dancers from ballet to jazz for music videos. She was chosen to star in Jay Bird's top 40 music video "Body Language" and together they won the Best Exotic Video Awards.
Debbie also danced in dance companies including Myles Marsden ballet sponsored by Jason Marsden (Mr. Saturday Night and others) and performed "The Night Before Christmas" a take off on "The Nutcracker" as a snow angel and a doll under the tree. Deborah danced with the African dance troupe Shirley Martin's Martin Dancers for two years and studied with them. She also taught voice, dance, and music for the City Of L.A. to kids putting on shows with the kids for the City.
Deborah also produced and got involved with motion picture financing. To earn a living she also worked at Universal Pictures in product placement, at MCA in music publishing and the video department, in the RCA building at Valentine records releasing Beatles Product, for A.I.D.A. Mgmt. as the owners Assistant, at the Columbia Record Club doing account royalty accounting for the biggest selling artists.
Deborah won 3 awards with the So. California Motion Picture Council. Two for a stage production she acted in, sang for, and became Associate Producer in "One My Valentine". The awards were in the categories of producing, directing, dancing, acting, and singing. The first award was won for her self proclaimed music videos, film productions she starred in, sang in, danced in, choreographed for, directed, produced, and acted in.
Deborah studied opera with the great Francesco Vespia also known as Tony Dino who sang with Mario Lanza. She studied six days a week with him for 6 1/2 years. Tony Dino appeared as a star in 20th Century Fox films such as "The Story Of Ruth" and others. She also studied guitar technique with Lauren Cambell.
CHILDREN OF TOMORROW (the original song recording under the artist name Sun Goddess and band artist name Yankee Rose)
A little bit of rock history. The original version of this song was written by Debbie Davidsohn and Helen Quam. Debbie recorded the song at a major studio and Paul Sabu joined the team added guitars, and did some engineering. Debbie gave the CD to the band Scorpions as a gift and in response they wrote and came out with "Winds Of Change".
Debbie has worked and recorded with many many musicians for various shows, performances, albums, and eps. Some include Chuck O'Stein (keyboards- toured with Tina Turner), Justin Tyme (toured with Billy Preston - guitar, bass), Ken Eppie (performed with the Band Of Gypsies - guitarist), Michael Blaise (Drummer), Barney Cortinez (bass), Kenichi Fukazawa, Clay Muyers (drums), Phil Brown (guitar), Helen Quam (guitarist), Barney Cortinez (bass), Bill Lindenman (drums), Rich Estes (guitar), Marco (bass), Koda (guitar), and many many other great great musicians.
DISCOGRAPHY: 'DIAMONDS IN MY BACKYARD' 10 SONG LP Yankee Rose (two versions) Deborah Davidsohn version and Yankee Rose version - bdrq Records and tapes; SUN GODDESS BY SUN GODDESS; "Punitive Damage" by Sun Goddess; "Keeper Of the Flame" Sun Goddess - Pirate Records; 'SOUL FREEDOM'; PARTY - 'SOUL FREEDOM II" The first version has already been downloaded allover the world.
Debbie's sound has varied over the years from Rock to Soul to back again; from Funk Rock to very hard rock, to heavy metal, to blues, R&B, and Hip Hop mixes. Some of Deborah's favorite artists or influences are Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Julie Chadwick, Santana, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Los Lonely Boys, Moby, Nirvana, Muddy Waters, Gypsy Kings, Earth, Wind, & Fire, the original Soundgarden, BB King, KISS, Puff Diddy, Prince, Sarah Mclaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Cole, the Stylistics, Drifters, Chemical Romance, John Mayor, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, The Beatles, Richi Havens, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Humble Pie, Pink Floyd, Pat Benatar, Citizen Cope, Janice, Sarah Vaugn, Sarah Brightman, and many others. "The list is so wide of the albums I have purchased, singles I have bought, music and cds I've run to the store for it would take up too many pages of space to begin to write about who I've listened to. It could be Melba Moore singing "Aquarius" or the blues guitar player from the "Hitchhikers" at a small club. I also wouldn't actually say that anyone has influenced me. The word inspired comes to mind at moments but my real influence God created within me. When an artist speaks to me or delivers music that has meaning to my life I call that good music or something that sounds good, feels good or is groovy. When I can dance to someone else's music or feel a good way about it it doesn't make it an inspiration it makes it groovy groovin music I can move to and work out with. If the music lifts me up into a spiritual understanding then I call it spiritual. It doesn't mean I am going to write my songs that way. I've enjoyed those artists in their own right although my real influence comes from within me, from my life's experiences, from Gd, the light, my creative soul, and from letting my spirit run loose through the music I play. I've played the blues, I've sung R&B, I've delivered gospel, I've danced, and sang alot of Rock N Roll ranging in styles from Hard Rock heavy, sweet, soft and in all sorts of feelings or modes. I have recorded unreleased Pop 24 track masters, New Wave with (D Shmidt one of Oinga Boinga's players) and I have written and composed classical, ballets, funk, funk rock with an edge, folk, Americana, and Jewish Hebrew Spirituals. I have been considered at times ahead of everyone because while I was producing sexual music videos and being turned down for the lewdness of it; later on artists win grammy's, show up on the grammys with basically the very same show and idea thing I was doing before it was considered appropriate. I've heard some great spin offs on songs I've delivered and wrote myself from other major artists as well. I'm a trend setter in many respects and have broken the huge ice capsule. I have also heard many a band or artist on radio where they don't say their name yet I tremendously like the song and artist so I cannot tell you their names."
"I sound like myself. I've been compared with many major female artists out there today - I like and have enjoyed many bands and artists but I never copy anyone."
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT SOUL FREEDOM II SONGS:
"I like where you're coming from" - MAURICE WHITE, PRODUCER
(Kalimba, EWF) CALLING DEBBIE AT HER STUDIO.
"You have a great voice and great songs. When I listen to 'I Wanna Go" it is mystical and reminds me of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplan" - ROLLING STONE WRITER, TOM BOFFI while listening in the studio while Deborah recorded and gave some input.
ABOUT THE SONGS!
"AGE OF INNOCENCE - FREEDOM BUTTERFLY" (Davidsohn) All music and production by Debbie Davidsohn with Debbie on bass, acoustic guitars, lead electric, drums, and engineering.
"Blow Wind Blow" (Verona/Shure) with music played by Michael Shure. Lead and back-up vocals by Deborah. A sweet melodic easy listening Rock song with a windy catchy melody.
Engineered by Shari Verona
Recorded in Verona Studios. Mastered at The Luv Room Studio.
"How The West Was Won" written and sung by Deborah Davidsohn with guitars by Johnny Travers (Regulators, Thrice Winner Nominee of The Best Blues Guitarist Awards)
Engineer: Debbie Davidsohn
Drum Programming by Deborah Davidsohn and mastered by Tim Kleiman at the Luv Room Studios. A Rock Blues Classic rendition of the original song.
"Tonight Let's Be Together" - the Remix by Davidsohn. Vocals, piano, and string arrangements by Deborah Davidsohn. Lead guitar by Ken Suzuki Fukazawa. Bass by Barney Cortinez. Drums by Michael Blaise. Engineered by Paul Hilton. Mix by Phil Brown. Remixed and mastered by Deborah Davidsohn in the Luv Room Studio.
"Rock Of Salvation" by Deborah. Vocals and music by Deborah. Bass, Lead and Rhythm Gtrs by Deborah Davidsohn. Recorded, mixed, and mastered in the Luv Room Studios by Deborah Davidsohn. Self Produced. A Soulfull Dance Pop classic.
"I Wanna Go" by Deborah. Gtrs, vocals, and drum programming by Deborah. Slide Guitar and bass by Johnny Travers. Recorded, mixed, mastered in the Luv Room Studios by Deborah Davidsohn
"Our Love" by (Davidsohn/Suzuki) Lead and backup vocals by Deborah. Piano by Deborah.
Ld Guitar by Ken Suzuki. Bass and back-up vocals by Barney Cortinez. Drums by Michael Blaise. Mix by Phil Brown. Engineered by Paul Hilton. Mastered by Deborah Davidsohn in the Luv Room Studio.
"American Pie - Ain't Fixin To Die" by Davidsohn. Gtr and vocals by Deborah. Recorded and mixed in the Luv Room. A Classic Americana Folk song and tribute.
"Let's Stay Together" (Green/ Jackson Jr./Mitchell) Performed by Deborah Davidsohn 'live recording'. Piano and vocal by Deborah. A Soulfilled cover version of Mr. Green's "Let's Stay Together" recorded live, with no edits.
Courtesy of Bug Music-BMI
"Naughty" (Verona/Davidsohn) Vocals and music played by Deborah. Keyboards by Deborah.
Engineered by Shari Verona.
Recorded in Verona Studios
Mastered in the Luv Room Studio
"Raining Rain" (Suzuki/Davidsohn)
Vocals by Deborah Davidsohn
Lead Gtrs by Ken Suzuki
Music arrangements by Craig Owens
Solo Piano by Kei Kawauchi
Engineer: Craig Owens
Mastering by Maurice Gainen Studios
"Memory Lane" (Davidsohn/Ibarra)
Sung by Deborah Davidsohn
Lead guitar by Paul Sabu
Rhythm guitar by Allan Shwartz
Bass by Rana Ross
Drums by B. Hershey
Keyboards by Kelly McGeetigan
Back up vocals by Vet Roberts, Henry Jones, Dunston, Debbie Davidsohn
Engineer John Falzarano
Engineer Eric Resnick
Engineer Paul Sabu
Engineer Chuck Smith
Mixing: Paul Sabu
Recorded at Studio Sound Master, Valley Center Studios, Studio On Wheels
Remastered in The Luv Room Studio by Deborah
"CAST UPON WATERS" (Davidsohn/Fukazawa Suzuki)
Vocals and Rythm Guitar: Debbie Davidsohn
Ld Guitar: Ken Suzuki Fukazawa
Bass: Barney Cortinez
Drums: Michael Blaise
A Rock Blues yet heavy Hitting tune to listen to.
"I WANNA BE YOUR LADY" (Davidsohn/Suzuki Fukazawa)
Vocals and Rythm Guitar: Debbie Davidsohn
Ld Gtr: Ken Suzuki Fukazawa
Bass: Barney Cortinez
Drums: Michael Blaise
This is Rock N Roll Bluesy Be Bop sort of tune.
Booking or information: *1-818-219-1552
Record Label: PARTY
Label Type: Indie