One listen to singer/songwriter Debbie Schrodt's original music and you will never be the same. Whether it's a tender love song that pulls at your heartstrings or helps you mend a broken heart, a folk ballad that gives you a glimpse into her story or a melodic spiritual chant which has you singing along and tapping your foot, you will immediately want to hear more. Her sweet, melodic voice seems to come from the angels, but it's her lyrics, which draw you in and make you feel like you are not alone; like a friend who understands what it's like to travel this path we call life. Her music so completely tells a story, gives you a new way to look at a situation and reminds us all that we are loved, we are blessed and love will always win at the end of the day......that you walk away changed at depth, with a little more bounce in your step and humming a new tune......literally. It's like Joni Mitchell meets Melissa Etheridge meets Alison Krauss and Eva Cassidy.
Debbie Schrodt is best described as a contemporary inspirational writer/singer comfortable with multiple music styles including folk, rhythm & blues, Christian, country and jazz that all seem to whisper in the background of her original compositions. She believes that music should touch people’s hearts and lives in a way that challenges them to do greater things and live a more fulfilling life. For Debbie music is an outlet to express her deepest emotions, love vibrations, and spiritual consciousness.
Debbie’s granddaddy told her that if she really loved music, then she had better follow her heart. She took his advice and developed her vocal, piano, and guitar skills initially through self teaching, but Rev. Thomas P. Lane, who was at the time, Music Minister of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis recognized Debbie’s talent and arranged for her to receive vocal scholarships to study with prominent Memphis voice instructors, Sarah Beth Causey and India Van Duyn. Debbie also studied briefly at Bob Jones University and Liberty University. She finished her training at Belmont University with Marjorie Halbert and vocal styles coach, Jeanine Walker earning a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in voice and a music business emphasis. Debbie played in some Nashville churches, pizza parlors, lounges and coffee houses and performed at many open mic nights. She met and worked with numerous other singer/songwriters. Some of her original songs were performed by fellow students in their senior recitals at Belmont University and a few of her songs were pitched to major artists like Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker and Sandi Patti.
Thinking that having a day job in the music business might bring her closer to people who could help her own career, Debbie (while maintaining a full time job managing an electronic store) interned in the Benson Record Company A&R department and later landed an extremely coveted position in the MCA Nashville Marketing & Sales division. A few short years later the Pop and R & B Music Division of MCA Records asked if they could give her more money to work for them so she moved to Atlanta as the South East Regional Sales & Marketing Manager. While it was rewarding to help other artists achieve their goals Debbie was never really satisfied because she couldn’t help everyone who asked and because her own dreams ended up taking the back burner…but there they always simmered…
Debbie’s changing career and life circumstances took her from Nashville to Atlanta, then to Houston and East Tennessee and finally back to Atlanta again. Regardless of how she made a living, her dream of being a self-supporting highly successful singer songwriter followed her all the way. She feels blessed to be where she is today. Part of the push Debbie needed to get back on track came from the words written by Marianne Williamson from “A Return to Love”, words that spoke to Debbie’s heart: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous talented and fabulous. Who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that’s within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. And as we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
All Along This Path is Debbie’s 1st CD of inspirational music. But expect to see other recordings with secular music and even children’s songs very soon!