Deborah Ann Gibson was born August 31, 1970, in Long Island, New York. With her family always behind her, Deborah wanted to delve into show business at an early age and began songwriting at the age of five.
She also took her talent to the stage of the Community Theater, with her sisters. Three years later, she was part of the children's chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
By the time she signed to Atlantic Records at age 16, Deborah had already showed off her vocal skills on Broadway, in various shows. Although Deborah was gradually paving her way in the industry, she was a normal student at Sanford H. Calhoun High School, where she was a cheerleader.
In 1987, Deborah (then Debbie) Gibson's first album was released, titled Out of the Blue
. It spawned the hits "Only In My Dreams," "Foolish Beat" and the title track. The success of "Foolish Beat" made Debbie the youngest artist to have written, produced and performed a Number One song (at the time). With over five million copies sold, Debbie set on to continue her success with her follow-up album, Electric Youth
Released in 1989, Electric Youth
went triple platinum, and spawned the title track and the single, "Lost In Your Eyes." The latter earned the New York Music Award for Song of the Year in 1990, while Deborah took home the same award for Best Pop Female Vocalist that same year.
Debbie had just forged a name for herself in the music industry, but in 1992, she returned to theater as Eponine in the Broadway production of Les Miserables
. In the years that followed, Deborah played opposite roles as Sandy and Rizzo (respectively), in productions of Grease
, and was also cast as Fanny Brice in the Broadway production of Funny Girl
In 1990, Anything Is Possible
was released and was certified Gold, while Body Mind Soul
was released in 1993. Think With Your Heart
, as well as a Greatest Hits
album, was released in 1995, and her self-titled album, Deborah
, hit shelves in 1997.
In the meantime, Deborah had returned to Broadway again, this time as Belle in Beauty and the Beast
, and Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy
at the Paper Mill Playhouse. You may have also recognized her voice as the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
, and stepped into the shoes of Cinderella as the title role of the national production.
Her most recent album, M.Y.O.B (Mind Your Own Business)
was released in 2001, and features material written and co-written by Deborah. It was released on her own label, Golden Egg Records.
While it doesn't seem like Deborah has time to do anything but sing and act, she created her own Broadway musical called Skirts
in 2001, and starred, executive produced and musically supervised a VH-1 movie titled, Teen Queens
Deborah also has a long acting resume to add to her musical and theatrical careers; she has appeared in Beverly Hills 90210
, Step By Step
, and the films Ghostbusters
, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
and My Ex-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception
When she's not busy at work, Deborah is an active supporter of charities like Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Mary's Children and Families Foundation.
She is currently recording a new CD to be released soon.
Also she is Composer Lyricist on two new Musicals. " Skirts", written by Hillary Carlip and Katie Ford, and " The Flunky", written by Jimmy Van Patten.
Deborah looks forward to seeing both productions on the Broadway stage in the near future.