Debbie Campbell, who "left us all wanting more" when she died from cancer at the early age of 53 in February this year, had been dazzling crowds for over 30 years.
She began touring nationally while still in her teens with an all-girl band, the Kandy Kanes, and then went on to national recording prominence in the 1970's as lead singer for the country-rock band, Buckwheat, on the London label.
After leaving the West Coast and moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Debbie soon became established as a shining light of the now-legendary Tulsa Sound.
Her blues-tinged stylings combined with velvet-smooth interpretations of classic standards have established her among the great song stylists of all time.
Her latest (and last) recorded album, "Some of These Days," speaks across generations to a time, a mood and a place that resonate with swinging style, grace and romance.
The songs are timeless and Debbie's stylings, along with the scintillating instrumental performances accompanying her, redefine the term "classic."
In the last several years of Debbie's life, her career began to reflect a deepening interest in spiritual matters and Debbie also recorded two albums of all-original spiritual music, "Back 2 Basics" (1995 - out of print) and "Come As You Are" (1997 - also available on CD Baby). Although spiritual in theme, Debbie's songs and her performance of her songs always retained the soulful (and sometimes rockin'), blued-tinged edge (with just a hint of country, no doubt from her Ft Worth roots) that were her trademark and which made her one of, if not The Queen of the Tulsa Sound. You owe it to yourself to check out "Come As You Are" as well as this sterling compilation of standards - if for no other reason to be able to learn of a singer/songwriter who matches up very well with the acknowledged greats in America's songwriting history.