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Debbie Liske

2012: Debbie Liske has recorded the first album of her career that combines all of her thoughts and emotions into one package of songs that smoothly blend the common traits of funk, rock, pop, and bluesy ballads to form what is best described as blue-eyed, funkified, acoustic, rockin, soul. Scheduled for a full release in 2013, Extra Mile, her fourth album, is dedicated to people affected by natural and man-made disasters. The lyrics are as light as they are penetrating and the music is held together with an organic rhythm section with the likes of Rob Ladd on drums (Alanis Morissette, Don Henley) and Robert Sledge on bass (Ben Folds Five). But clearly by design, the soothing quality of Debbie’s voice and her passionate vocal presence is meant to be heard and felt above everything else. As Jerry Carter from WNCU Radio states, “the lady can sing”.

Debbie’s previous albums were described as acousti-funk rock as she fronted her bands with a pivitol acoustic guitar, and she brings that forward again on this CD, but this time focuses less on the acoustic and pushes the edge of funk more by adding instruments like the clavinet. But what is even more noteworthy is her first use of a real string section in seven of the twelve songs that, like a magnet, bring everything together. Recorded and engineered by John Plymale at Overdub Lane in North Carolina and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in NYC, Extra Mile is scheduled for release in early 2013. A single from the Extra Mile CD will be released in the fall of 2012.

Debbie’s first solo album, Heart Thoughts was recorded in the early 90’s and was promoted with acoustic solo and full band performances in many venues and festivals in the North Carolina area. After being awarded honorable mention for Best Local Musician In The Triangle by the Spectator magazine in the thriving music scene of North Carolina, she released her actual debut album entitled This I Know Is So in 1995. Following this release, Debbie and her 4-piece band hit the road for an east coast tour covering clubs and festivals from Georgia to NY with as many as 4 shows per week. Although the music and stage performance was hot and captivating enough for college clubs, the songs were cerebral and engaging enough for listening rooms and music festivals. She opened for bands such as Cravin’ Melon and Uncle Mingo, and performed at large music festivals such as Musikfest in Allentown, PA., and at clubs such as the Bitter End in NYC. This I Know Is So received airplay on dozens of college and commercial radio stations across several states.

In the year 2000, traumatic events in Debbie’s life drove her into a Walden-like period of solitude and withdrawal from public performances and into a whirlwind of cathartic songwriting. The emergence of a new paradigm of purpose took hold and shifted this artist’s internal drive from wanting her music to be heard, to wanting her music to be felt. In 2005, Debbie decided to partner with charities, incorporate benefit concerts into regular performances and identify ways to bring hope into peoples lives. By 2008, she was able to complete her third album entitled Back Around after a 10 year period since it’s inception. Back Around was released digitally in 2009. This album is a collection of tracks based on her perspective on life. The listener is motivated to live in the present moment, believe in themselves, and adhere to the energy of the universe. Back Around is a true reflection of the acoustic-funk rock sound of her touring band.

The release of Extra Mile in 2013 will illuminate the maturity and complexity of Debbie’s life for existing fans who have heard her previous music. For new listeners, there is a story in every song that can sneak into a stranger’s heart and mind as if it was written for them.