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Debby Yeager

During the mid-1950’s I was born into a Bohemian environment. Music was like breathing. At the age of three, pop tunes were blasting from a little radio in our kitchen. And in another direction, the ocean breeze carried jazz sounds from our neighbor's hi fi record player, while someone from down the street played bag pipes every morning! Venice, California (known for its eccentric artists and beatniks) was a magical place in time. "Harry Belafonte to the left, Miles Davis to the right, Bob Dorough in back, Scotland coming through the front, and Chet Baker around the corner! I guess I breathed it all in, got a good dose of early ear training and was labelled the goofy kid!”
By the time I was five, the family took a financial tumble and relocated to the inner city of Lynwood, CA, where I first heard Gospel music. Since it came from a small church on the corner of our shabby street, I believed those glorious voices were sent from the heavens above. Ballet training came shortly after and continued well into my teens, dancing and singing my way through a disheveled childhood. At about eight or nine, every bit of my weekly allowance was spent on vinyl and a record collection began to grow like wildfire. Jazz, pop, blues, African rhythms, Broadway, R&B... and then a new sound, the Bossa Nova, which stopped me in my tracks! I discovered the voice of Wanda De Sah. It was true! Brazilian music (at that time) seduced the world. Who would have thought that thirty-seven years later, I'd be recording "Reza" on my debut disc, "Mood Swing"? History played the same trick on me when I also recorded a duet with the legendary, Bob Dorough.
Around 1977, divorced as a young mother, music was still the guiding force. Vocal lessons became necessary when I auditioned as a lead vocalist and landed my first job as a singer. Formal training was essential in order to belt out rock tunes for several hours, five nights a week. A few years later with an intensive vocal study regimen and carrying a beautiful daughter in my arms, I landed a gig on a Japan tour as a lead vocalist for a Funk band.
As time marched on, I was fortunate to have studied under Grammy winning composer/arranger Alan Copeland, jazz genius Horace Silver and Jim Mooney from the original Sage and Sound Recording Studio in Hollywood, and jumped into the Jazz Scene. Lucky to work with some of the most gifted musicians in LA, my performance level continued to progress, especially in regard to improvisation. Eventually I became a band leader and began to teach vocal technique and therapy while playing jazz clubs, concerts and various venues.
But living the dream ended abruptly when repressed memories of childhood abuse surfaced and all hell broke loose. Suffice it to say life got in the way.
Early June 1996, “Mood Swing” was released. The album was remastered and re-released in 2017, with a bonus track. Now recording and producing a variety of music, my second disc, "Precocious", was released January 2018, following up with a vocal project, "Psychology of Jazz", to be released in mid 2018.
For further information, please visit my website www.DebbyYeager.com, and drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks,
Debby

' A portion of proceeds is donated to the education of child abuse prevention services '

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