Prior to becoming a songwriter, Debra enjoyed a career as a television producer on programs such as ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports News, Daytime Emmy Awards, Wolfgang Puck, National Geographic Channel, and Dr. Phil.
After winning three Concord Records & Barry Manilow Songwriting Scholarships, Debra received a Lifetime Barry Manilow Scholarship Award, and left her television career, and the Dr. Phil show, to focus on songwriting full time.
She went on to win both the Grand Prize and the Lennon Award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and won several other international contests in different genres, including Pop, Dance, Adult Contemporary, Country, & Broadway.
When UCLA Extension chose THIS IS OUR TIME as its Official Graduation Song, it received a WORLD PREMIERE performance at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, performed by Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, Madam Secretary). The song was also recorded by the winner of Ottawa Idol, and released as her Debut Single.
Debra was commissioned by the Federal Trade Commission to write songs for their AnnualCreditReport.com commercials, which won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Public Service Announcement.
Her songs have been cut by Warner Music Spain artist INNOCENCE, as well as the 2012 & 2014 winners of OTTAWA IDOL, and she has five co-writes on the new album "DETOUR" by international singer/songwriter, Kyle Vincent.
Debra's songs have also been featured on several TV programs including the CW primetime show "90210," NBC's primetime drama "The Event," E! Entertainment's "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," Speed Network's "NASCAR Race Hub," and the UK's "It's Only The Beginning."
Later this year, one of her songs will appear in "A Sunday Horse," a feature film starring Nikki Reed, Linda Hamilton, & William Shatner.
Debra continues to make her mark writing songs with command and vision for the pop, rock, dance, country, and Hot AC markets. She recently won the HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD for Best Adult Contemporary/AAA Song.
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