Deborah Smith | Stay Awake

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Stay Awake

by Deborah Smith

Soulful. Empowering. Original Acoustic Funk-Rock songs. Steeped in New York City's urban-folk influence, Deborah's songs and voice are passionate and critical at once. Her stories and poems unfold brilliantly into percussive acoustic grooves.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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1. Don't He Smile
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2. San Francisco Browns
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3. Primate
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4. Solitude
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5. Gabriel Says
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6. The Coffee Song
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7. Forever After
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8. Don't Harm Anything Here
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9. Tonight the Lights
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10. Defeat
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Album Notes
"Stay Awake is an absolute delight!"- VenusZine

Biography of Deborah Smith

A stage performer since childhood, Deborah spent years developing her words ideas and rhythms into a unique performance style. She currently writes, records and performs regularly in Brooklyn and Manhattan with her four piece acoustic roots band, Medicine Woman ( Her humble beginnings as a musician include street busking, late night East Village folk sessions and a decade of playing in folk and rock venues throughout NYC and the country, which led to the recording of her debut album Stay Awake.

Deborah can also be found playing electric bass and singing in the rock-theater sensation, Ithaca, alongside LPFunk and members of her band.

Stay Awake is a diamond in the rough and stands the test of time with lyrical performance, poetry and musicality. Deborah takes a stab at capturing the raw and sometimes gritty essence of an emotional view of the world and achieves a beautifully honest and melodically rich album. Accompanied by Brian Jordan (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe), Anders Griffen (Lonesome Crew) and the unique underground stylings of Spencer Chakedis (Deep Sound Diver), as well as Ish Marquez, Mattias Carlson and Alice Hautvast, a late 90's New York City family of musicians come together to support her in the creation of these sounds like spiritual ships passing in a dark night of a Brooklyn basement studio. They share magical moments and capture a fierce love for the bliss of collective musical expression.

Deborah has performed in venues and events throughout New York including the Mercury Lounge, CBGB's, Lions Den, Baggot Inn, Makor, The Knitting Factory, Living Room, New York Independent Film Festival, NYC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Clearwater Revival, as well as The Kendall Cafe (Boston), the Tin Angel (Philly), and has toured most of New England, parts of the west coast, and a three month tour through Brazil, playing in Rio, Sao Paulo, and Salvador!

Deborah lives plays and records her music in Brooklyn, NY.

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Para escuchar este CD,se necesita pacienca y compacion.La primera vez que escuche esta musica,estube solo y pensando,y me dio un gran sentimiento la voz y guitarra de Deb Smith.La musica es muy profunda y trabaja bien en un carro,en una sala de cuarto,y en headphones ala full blast!

Sunny Jacobs

my teacher won't give it back... it's that good
Let me put it this way... while I was waiting for it, I listened to the clips on this page over and over. When I got it, I had friends and teachers in line to borrow it. I haven't seen it in five days... my band director is hording it.. and after that, I'm just going to let my friends call me and they can listen to it over the phone ;) cause i'm not giving it up again. Amazing.... very well thought-out (coming from a guitar & sax player). Worth the twelve bucks and more :D

J. Seth (aka) Joshua Seth Lulov

Every song is a grabber!!
There is no question that this CD represents 110% talent.
It was great just as promised. I was told that it took awhile
to do and it was definitly worth the wait. May this take her


This CD is incredible, I haven't stopped listening to it since it arrived, and I don't want to! Her voice is amazing, she isn't whiny at all, her arrangement is excellent. Very reminiscent of some of Ani's earlier work, but with more maturity.

Joe Asante

Lovely.....It's in her Voice!
Encompassing,Worth Listening,Value,Astonishing,
Fabulous,Uplifting,Inspirational,Good Taste,
Accomplishment and Well Done!

Toni Iovine

EXCELLENT work from a POWERFUL woman!
Deborah's force is so strong! This album is a great collection of songs people need to hear!


This is a great CD! I love the song Primate. The CD looks so good, too! Great art work!! Keep it up, Deborah!