DEBRA ARLYN, Portland Music Awards “Best Female Artist of the Year”, continues to gain industry acclaim and success as one of Portland’s most established independent artists. While the presence and soulfulness of Debra’s incredible voice is unparalleled, her song writing and performance on her new CD, ‘Tomorrow Another Day’ has drawn comparisons to Alicia Keys, Colbie Callet and Carole King. Blending the Motown sound with contemporary songwriting sets Debra apart from other female artists, and leaves listeners wondering how such a mature soul singer comes out of a young, tiny blonde girl.
With several prestigious awards under her belt, including ‘Honorable Mention’ in both the John-Lennon Songwriting Contest and Billboard’s World Songwriting Contest, winning the ‘06 ‘Singer/Songwriter Award’ from ‘we are listening.org’, Runner-up at the ‘Winery Music Awards’ sponsored by Best Buy & ifanz.com, and being listed on the annual ‘Top Hot Unsigned Artists’ from LA’s Music Connection Magazine, Debra’s music continues to be recognized on a national level. Her music has been in the films ‘ClearCut’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel, and ‘Valley of Angels’ which won ‘Best Feature Film’ at the NY International Film Festival. Legendary producer Marta Kauffman of ‘Friends’ fame, handpicked Debra’s song “Why Can’t We Start Over?” to be featured on the CW TV show ‘Related’. Several other industry insiders have been captured by Debra’s talent: Randy Jackson, American Idol Judge and music icon, Jim Martone, founder of Trauma Records, and Andy Slaytor, former CEO of Capitol Records, commented Debra is "something you won’t hear every day."
With recently packed shows at Portland’s top venues, The Doug Fir & Jimmy Maks, Debra’s live show continues to astound with the addition of a 6 piece band. Recent opening slots for legendary artists CHRIS ISAAAK, TOWER OF POWER & CURTIS SALGADO proved Debra could perform with the best. Past touring has brought Debra to The Hotel Café in LA, NEMO showcase in Boston, NACA College showcase in Reno, Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego, and The Bite of Oregon, Bite of Seattle, and Taste of Tacoma music festivals. Debra also performed at14 NW Border Stores, and over 30 college campuses on the West Coast. Not only is Debra’s music currently being played on over 50 college radio stations, Debra has cultivated relationships with Oregon’s top Hot AC & AAA Radio stations, including 105.1 KRSK The Buzz, 104.7 KDUK and KINK 102fm. Now with the addition of 6,000 fans through Ilike.com , Facebook, and 61,000 spam-free Myspace plays, as well as reviews in national publications “Music Connection Magazine”, “Music Spectator Magazine”, and “All-Access Magazine”, Debra’s music is far out-reaching her homegrown grasp.
Though only 23, Debra has come a long way since winning Clear-channels ‘Oregon Idol’ contest and competing for the ‘American Idol’ TV show. While pioneering her own musical path with indie label Homeslice Music, it is clear Debra has something significant to offer the music world as a musician, songwriter, and performer. Gifted with an exceptional voice, and mesmerizing stage presence, there is no doubt DEBRA ARLYN has all the makings of a truly remarkable artist.