Debbie Gibson Biography, Age, Career, Albums, Songs, Movies, Interview

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Debbie Gibson Biography

Debbie Gibson born  is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Gibson released her debut album Out of the Blue in 1987, which spawned several international hits, later being certified triple Platinum by the RIAA

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson Age

Debbie was born on 31 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. She is 48 years as of 2018.

Debbie Gibson Height

She stands at a height of 1.68 m.

Debbie Gibson Husband

Gibson was once engaged to Jonathan Kanterman and has been in a long-term relationship since 2008 with Rutledge Taylor.

Debbie Gibson Image

Debbie Gibson Image

Debbie Gibson Music Career

1986–1989

After years of writing and producing her own material, Gibson finally found her demo in the hands of a radio personality who eventually shared it with an executive at Atlantic Records. Based solely on Gibson’s original song, “Only in My Dreams”, she was signed to a development deal and began a promotional tour of club venues throughout the United States.

Gibson spent much of 1986 and the beginning of 1987 building her songwriting catalog while continuing to play club dates. Continuing her promotional tour, Gibson also continued attending classes at Calhoun High School in Merrick, New York, whence she later graduated as an honor student. Diane Gibson, Debbie’s mother and manager, accompanied her daughter on many of these track dates. “We played dance clubs, straight clubs and gay clubs”, Diane has said.

The promotional pressing of “Only in My Dreams” landed the song within the Billboard Hot 100. Atlantic Records signed Gibson to a recording contract, and thus began the process of completing the first record.

Gibson, along with producer Fred Zarr, wrote, recorded, and produced her first album Out of the Blue in only 4 weeks. Now having something to market, “Only in My Dreams” was selected as Debbie’s first single. This time, “Dreams” found traction on Top 40 radio, and reached a peak of No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart.

Following the success of “Dreams”, “Shake Your Love” was released as the follow-up single and reached the Billboard Top 5. The “Shake Your Love” video was choreographed by Paula Abdul and was the first time MTV had visited Debbie on a video shoot.

In 1987, while performing around the United States at nightclub venues, Gibson was recording her debut album, Out of the Blue. It was recorded in four weeks. Four singles from the album reached the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart: “Only in My Dreams”, “Shake Your Love”, “Out of the Blue”, and the number-one hit “Foolish Beat”, followed by “Staying Together”, which performed more modestly, reaching No. 22. “Foolish Beat” set a record for Gibson, making her (at 17) the youngest artist ever to have written, produced, and performed a Billboard number-one single, as entered in the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records. She remains the youngest female artist to have done so. Out of the Blue was established as a hit album, and she had success in the UK and southeast Asia, filling stadiums with her Out of the Blue tour. By the end of 1988, Out of the Blue had gone triple platinum.

The Out of the Blue music video compilation was certified platinum by the RIAA; the concert tour video was certified 2x platinum. In October 1988, Gibson sang the national anthem for Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series.

Electric Youth was released in early 1989 and spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Top 200 Album chart. The first single released, “Lost in Your Eyes”, was No. 1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks, garnering her another achievement as the first female to have both an album and single simultaneously at No. 1. (She shared the 1989 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award with Bruce Springsteen.) Subsequent singles from the album were “Electric Youth” (No. 11), “No More Rhyme” (No. 17), and “We Could Be Together” (No. 71). The Electric Youth album was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA. The successful Electric Youth world tour and Live Around the World VHS (2x platinum) followed. In 1988, Debbie sang “Don’t Flirt with Me”.

1990–2001

She recorded two more albums for Atlantic Records: Anything Is Possible (1990) and Body Mind Soul (1993). “Anything Is Possible”, co-written with Motown mainstay Lamont Dozier, peaked at No. 26 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1991. Subsequent singles from Anything Is Possible failed to chart on the Hot 100, although “One Step Ahead” scored on the Hot Maxi Singles and Hot Dance charts, peaking at No. 21 and No. 18 respectively. Body Mind Soul spawned another minor hit in “Losin’ Myself”, which was accompanied by a controversial video clip, which Matthew Rolston directed, that featured Gibson as a stripper. The second single from the album, “Shock Your Mama”, became a minor hit in Europe and the UK, however “Losin’ Myself” was Debbie Gibson’s last appearance on the Billboard Hot 100.

During this time, Gibson was part of the supergroup that recorded the charity single “Voices That Care” which peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 chart.

In 1995, she signed with EMI’s SBK Records division and recorded her only album for the label, Think With Your Heart. It was an Adult contemporary-heavy album consisting of piano and keyboard ballads recorded predominantly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The album’s producer, Niko Bolas, who was usually Neil Young’s co-producer, was producing the reunion album for veteran punk band Circle Jerks, and invited Gibson to a recording session for that band’s album. She sang background vocals on the song “I Wanna Destroy You”, as well as appearing at and participating in the Circle Jerks’ performance at punk venue CBGB, wearing one of the band’s T-shirts and sharing a microphone with frontman Keith Morris.

In 1998, she sang the song, “I Do”, which is featured on the soundtrack to the film, The Naked Man. The lyrics to the song were composed by the co-writer of the film, Ethan Coen. The soundtrack has never been released.

After parting company with EMI, Gibson formed her own record label, Espiritu, to release her original material. Her sixth album, Deborah (1997), marked her full return to pop. Deborah includes the lead single “Only Words”. “Only Words” (Dance Edit) became a Top 40 Hot Dance Music/Club Play hit. The album’s other single was the ballad, “Naturally”. Though it only sold 20,000 in the US, Deborah remains well-respected.

In 2001, she released her seventh album on her new record label, Golden Egg, titled M.Y.O.B.—i.e. Mind Your Own Business. It featured three singles: the sensual pop song “What You Want”, the Latin-infused Dance-pop song “Your Secret”, and the bass heavy “M.Y.O.B.” Highlights from the album include the sultry Latin-flavored smooth jazz song “In Blue”, a vintage style ballad “Wishing You Were Here”, “Jaded”, and a remix of “M.Y.O.B.” with the background vocals of her two nieces.

2005–2009

In 2005, Gibson co-wrote and recorded a song titled “Someone You Love” with the O’Neill Brothers. With the O’Neill Brothers, she released an updated, acoustic version of her number-one hit “Lost in Your Eyes”. There was an Emmy-nominated PBS special in 2005.

The March 2005 issue of Playboy featured a nude pictorial of Gibson, coinciding with the release of her single, “Naked”. She has said that the magazine had asked her five times to pose for them since she turned 18. She agreed to pose in an effort to revamp her image, describing how one casting call called her agent, not realizing that Gibson had long since outgrown her teenage image.The single peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart in March 2005.

In November 2005, it was announced that Debbie would go on tour with The O’Neill Brothers for “Someone You Love Tour”  in 2006. “Lost in Your Eyes” was revamped with an acoustic sound and a song “Someone You Love” was written and performed by Debbie and The O’Neill Brothers. These two songs also appeared on The O’Neill Brothers album Someone You Love.

She had a resurgence of popularity in niche markets. Her single “Your Secret” came back from its dormant state and became popular on some radio stations including Super 91.7 WMPH in Wilmington, Delaware. “Your Secret” has been on their request show, Total Control Radio, for 12 months; it reached No. 1 on its third week on that station’s chart in May 2006. It charted along with a few of her other singles, “M.Y.O.B.” and “Only Words” (Dance Edit), the Eurodance mix. They all have become recurrent hits on WMPH.

The 2006 single, “Say Goodbye”, featuring dance-pop artist Jordan Knight, made an impression in the Soft AC and Hot AC radio formats, becoming the third-most added single during summer, 2006. It debuted at No. 35 on the Hot Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 24 in early September. The same year, Gibson appeared in the independent film Coffee Date with Wilson Cruz and Jonathan Silverman and provided a soundtrack song called “Sounds Like Love”.

On November 14, 2006, Gibson released the song “Famous” on her official website. The song was written by Gibson and Tiziano Lugli, and was produced by Lugli.

In May 2007, the world premiere of Electric Youth: The Musical was unveiled at The Starlight Theatre in Orlando, Florida. The musical featured 14 of Gibson’s songs and was directed by Dean Parker.  On August 24, 2007, Gibson and Frankie Avalon hosted Time Life Presents Dick Clark’s American Bandstand 50th Anniversary Collection.

In September 2007, Gibson considered creating a camp on the West Coast. She is the founder and creator of Camp Electric Youth, a children’s summer day camp which ran from July 7–18, 2008. It claims to be the first camp of its kind in the Los Angeles area. The camp was reportedly attended by “over 120 talented singers, actors and dancers” from around the world.

Gibson was a judge for the online talent competition, Total Pop Star, along with Andrew Van Slee (producer and judge), and Joey Lawrence (from Blossom). The first season ran from Nov 12, 2007 – May 30, 2008, though it was later extended to June. The show ended abruptly during the 2nd season.

In January 2008, Gibson announced that she would revive and perform her 1980s hits—along with her Broadway role songs—during a three-run week in May 2008 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.

She later appeared on the April 2008 cover of Lavender Magazine (a GLBT magazine in Minnesota) and was interviewed about her career and upcoming projects. Then on the 24th, Gibson hosted and performed on Spotlightlive ’80s Karaoke Experience in New York singing songs such as “Only in My Dreams”, “Out of the Blue”, “Love Shack” (an original hit for the B-52’s) and “9 to 5”. She performed with Samantha Fox, Tiffany, & Rick Astley at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada on April 10, 2009.

On March 5, 2009, Gibson announced via YouTube video blog that she would be releasing a new song/video called “Already Gone”.Released on her official website and reverberation, the song was released first on March 9, 2009, then the video on March 13, 2009. The song was written by Gibson and produced by Fred Coury. It was accompanied by a music video produced by Guy Birtwhistle and directed by John Knowles, which starred Birtwhistle, Gibson, and Steve Valentine.

Gibson gave a sneak peek of a new song on June 5, 2009 through her YouTube video blog uploaded herself.

2010–present

In January 2010, an unofficial clip “Cougar” was uploaded on YouTube. She also became a spokesperson for Murad’s Resurgence Skin Care and plays piano and sings a line of the song called “Cougar”.

It was announced on her official website that “I Love You”, the first single from her 2010 album Ms Vocalist, reached No. 1 on the international cable radio charts for the week of November 3. Debbie covered J-Pop tunes for the Ms Vocalist album that were originally sung by Japanese artists like Chage and Aska (Say Yes), Yutaka Ozaki (I love you), Sekaiju no Dareyori Kitto (by Miho Nakayama & WANDS) among others, plus Japanese/English version of her number-one hit “Lost in Your Eyes” and a duet with Eric Martin. The first official music video from the new album is “I Love You” which was released on Gibson Official YouTube site on October 19, 2010.

Gibson announced in November 2010 that she would be doing an “DG Live from the Living Room” on Stageit.com on December 1, 2010.

Gibson’s song “Rise”, from the forthcoming documentary 3 Billion and Counting, was included on the short list for an Academy Award for Best Song in a Film in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she released Rise on iTunes, and also performed it on Good Morning America in New York.

Gibson performed as Mother Nature in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at Foxwoods/MGM Casino from July 27 to September 1, 2010.

In 2010, the album Ms. Vocalist, from Sony Japan was Top 10 on the Japanese Billboard chart and the first single from the album, “I Love You”, hit No. 1.

In January 2011, Gibson wrote, performed and produced the song “Snake Charmer” for the film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid which is available on iTunes.Also clips of “Rise”, “Cougar”, and “Don’t Wake Me” are available on her official site after the site was revamped.

On April 18, 2011, Gibson confirmed via Twitter that she would be touring with fellow 1980s pop princess Tiffany during the summer of 2011. Tiffany also made the announcement via the New York Post.

In June 2011, Gibson appeared in Katy Perry’s music video “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” alongside several other guest stars.

On August 27, 2016, Gibson starred in an original Hallmark Channel film, Summer of Dreams, about a former pop star, trying to make a comeback, who finds herself better suited as a school’s choir director. She also recorded a song, titled “Wonderland”, for the film.

In June 2017, Billboard Magazine reported that Gibson achieved her highest-charting hit in more than 25 years in her duet with Sir Ivan on “I Am Peaceman” which hit #26 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart.

In June 2018, Gibson appeared in the music video of American heavy metal band Voices of Extreme’s cover version of “Foolish Beat”.

Debbie Gibson Only In My Dreams

Artist: Debbie Gibson
Album: Out of the Blue
Released: 1987
Recorded: 1986
Producer(s): Fred Zarr
Genre: Teen Pop

Debbie Gibson Lost In Your Eyes

Artist: Debbie Gibson
Album: Electric Youth
Released: 1989
Genre: Teen Pop

Debbie Gibson Foolish Beat

“Foolish Beat” is the fourth single, and the first ballad release, from American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson. Originally recorded in the winter of 1987.

Debbie Gibson Songs

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Debbie Gibson Albums

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Debbie Gibson Tour

Saturday, 25 May 2019
20:00
New Kids On The Block: The Mixtape Tour

Wednesday, 12 June 2019
19:31
Debbie Gibson + Tiffany – Upgrade Meet & Greet Packages

Sunday, 23 June 2019
19:30
New Kids On The Block: The Mixtape Tour

Sunday, 14 July 2019
19:31
Debbie Gibson – Upgrade Meet & Greet Packages

Debbie Gibson 80s

Debbie Gibson Films and Television

Gibson co-hosted Nickelodeon’s first Kids’ Choice Awards in 1988, alongside Tony Danza, Brian Robbins, and Dan Schneider.

On January 6, 2008, Gibson appeared on Deal or No Deal along with Corey Feldman as part of a 1980s special.

Gibson co-starred with actor Lorenzo Lamas in the low-budget action/adventure film Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus, produced by The Asylum and released on May 19, 2009. The film drew in 2 million viewers on Syfy in 2009. Its trailer became a viral hit, scoring over one million hits on MTV.com and YouTube. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Gibson’s former music rival Tiffany had her film Necrosis (a.k.a. Blood Snow) premiere at the Cannes as well.
Gibson and Tiffany starred in a Syfy original movie entitled Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, aired on January 29, 2011. The pairing was suggested by Tiffany, who wanted to play off their supposed rivalry.
Gibson made a cameo appearance in the 2012 film Rock of Ages in the (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”/”We Built This City”) face-off.

Gibson reprised her role as Emma McNeil in the 2014 film Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark.

She starred in the UP TV movie called The Music in Me alongside Gloria Reuben in 2015. The movie also featured an original song called “Promises”, written and performed by Gibson.

In mid-2003, Gibson was a judge on the American Idol spin-off American Juniors which lasted one season. In January 2006, she joined the cast of Skating with Celebrities on Fox Television, partnered with Canadian former World Champion figure skater Kurt Browning. She was voted out in the third episode.

Gibson competed on the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, which began airing on February 19, 2012. On the fourth task, she won $50,000 for her charity, Children International. Gibson was fired on April 1, 2012 in the seventh task because she had brought in the least amount of money between her teammates in the boardroom, Dayana Mendoza and Teresa Giudice. While both Mendoza and Giudice were arguably weaker candidates going forward, given that Mendoza was cited as the women’s weakest link and Giudice had failed the task as project manager, Gibson was fired instead.

On September 6, 2017, Gibson was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with first time pro-dancer, Alan Bersten. On September 26, 2017, Gibson and Bersten were the second couple eliminated coming in 12th place

Debbie Gibson Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars

Debbie Gibson Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits is the first compilation album—and the last Atlantic Records album—of American singer Debbie Gibson. It was released in September 1995.

Track listing

  1. “Only in My Dreams” (LP Version) (3:55) from Out of the Blue
  2. “Foolish Beat” (4:25) from Out of the Blue
  3. “Electric Youth” (4:55) from Electric Youth
  4. “Anything Is Possible” (3:44) from Anything Is Possible
  5. “Staying Together” (4:07) from Out of the Blue
  6. “Lost in Your Eyes” (3:34) from Electric Youth
  7. “Shake Your Love” (3:44) from Out of the Blue
  8. “No More Rhyme” (4:13) from Electric Youth
  9. “Out of the Blue” (3:55) from Out of the Blue
  10. “Only in My Dreams” (Extended Club Mix) (5:50) from Out of the Blue
  11. “Shake Your Love” (Vocal/Club Mix) (5:56) from Out of the Blue
  12. “Losin’ Myself” (12″ Masters at Work Version) (5:47) from Body, Mind, Soul
  13. “Without You” (Japanese version only AMCY-900) from Non-album single
  14. “Eyes of the Child” (Japanese version only AMCY-900) from Non-album singl

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Debbie Gibson Interview

 

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Debbie, I really enjoyed The Music in Me. Would you say this role qualifies as a comeback?

Debbie Gibson: Well, I almost think of this as new territory because I’m performing constantly, but I haven’t had the opportunity to really carry a movie except in the sci-fi genre (laughs). I haven’t ever really gotten to play a normal grounded character on TV. I think people will see me in a new way. That’s for sure. It’s something new for me.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): How did you become involved in the project?

Debbie Gibson: My agent has had a longtime relationship with Barbara Fisher over at UPtv, and he put us together. We hit it off, and it seemed like I was a perfect fit for them. I’m at a point in my life where I feel like I’ve done so many things on my own terms for so many years, I’m not good at being just a hired hand. I don’t ever just want to work for the sake of working.

I like to do projects that are custom tailored to my personality and to me, and this network also has an uplifting message. I was like, “God, I get to work on music!” It seems they were taking in who I was as a person and what I wanted to project and present and really incorporated that into the story, which was a dream. The movie is also very female oriented with me, Gloria (Reuben) and Amy (Forsyth). It’s really about females helping females and supporting females in a lot of ways. I think that’s a story that needs to be told as well.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): “Promises” is such a great song.

Debbie Gibson: Thank you.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): The song really tells the story of the characters in the film. Were you given the script so you could write a song around it?

Debbie Gibson: Yeah. I was given the script, and it’s funny because I’m used to writing in a way where things just come to me. But in the script, it made mention of promises, and it was kind of like, “Oh, I guess they want this song to really be about promises and be called ‘Promises.’” But I decided to really make it about the fact that you need to make a promise and a commitment to yourself before you can really serve others. That’s the most important promise you’ll ever make and the most important promise you’ll ever keep. They really sparked to that idea which was super cool.

So yeah, as I was reading the script the very first time through, I saw written, “Jessica writes in her notebook the words ‘promises me.’” That’s all they had. In real time, as I was reading it, I heard, “Promises made, promises broken …” (sings) It was like it just kind of dropped in at that moment. The song was really born at that time. I knew the rest would come in its due time, but when that little phrase came in real time as I was reading the script, I thought, “Okay. That’s done. I don’t have to think.” (laughs). That’s usually how it happens.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Will “Promises” be added to a new album?

Debbie Gibson: No, but I think it will be available as soon as next week on CD Baby and iTunes and on my website for download. There’s not a new album just yet, but this single will stand alone and be available for people to get.

It’s not really like anything that I’m working on for my next record. It really is custom tailored to the movie, but at the same time, the thing it has in common with everything I’ve ever done or everything I will do in the future, is that it’s very melodic.

I had a guy named Stevie Blacke do the strings, and if you look him up online, you’ll be blown away. He’s done strings for every legendary artist. He did the strings when Miley Cyrus did The Chelsea Handler Show last year. He’s this really cool arranger, so it was fun to musically get to work with people like that on this movie.

I’m very much into melody, and I love a haunting melody, so I love that they let me go in that direction and didn’t want something really schmaltzy in a major key (laughs). I think it has some depth, and they wanted that which was really cool.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Are you working on new music now?

Debbie Gibson: I’ve been writing. Basically the last two years I’ve been dealing with a lot of health issues with Lyme Disease. It’s only these past six to eight months that I’ve even remotely started to get my mind back in gear and clear, and I’ve been able to sit at my piano. About a year and a half went by where I was not really able to focus. I was keeping up with all these live performance commitments I had, and I was just in a time, energy, health commitment juggling act, so I’m finally at the point where the last several months I’ve really started to get my ideas together.

I’ve been writing my favorite songs that I’ve ever written in my life over the last couple of years. I never stopped performing, but I left more room to have an actual life and live in the actual real world. I got re-inspired, but it’s hard to put a timeframe on things. I went back in the studio a few weeks ago and just started laying some ideas down, so that’ll unfold in the near future for sure.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Are you over the disease?

Debbie Gibson: It’s not over with unfortunately, but I would say I am 90% pain free. This time last year I was on a plane to Santiago, Chile, to perform. I was about 108 pounds, and I was eating constantly, so my body was just so out of whack. I had to lie across the floor at my boyfriend’s feet on the plane. I couldn’t sit. I got through that concert by the grace of God. I literally looked up and said, “I can’t do this, so somebody has to do this for me and through me.”

I couldn’t even ride a bicycle last year, so right now, I’d say that I’m about 90% there, but there’s this 10% of naggy stuff that comes and goes. I do holistic work. I work with a chiropractic kinesiologist. You have to jump on rounds of detox supplements here and there, and diet is very important. Like most people at Christmastime, I had a free-for-all at my family’s Italian Christmas, and it set me back. All of a sudden, I spent the next couple of months trying to get out of that hole. So it is an ongoing thing, but with that said, the strides I’ve made from last year are remarkable.

I have some great team members, I’ll call them, that help me, and I’ve gotten really out of the traditional medical realm because I feel like it’s kind of a dead end. This time last year I was on six different antibiotics at one time, which I think at some point you actually have to do to get out of the hole, and then you’re dealing with the fallout from your body going, “Why did you just put six different antibiotics in me?” (laughs)

As you can tell, I still have my sense of humor, but I also have my moments where I break down as I think anybody dealing with health issues would do. You want to get your life back and not be derailed, but at the same time, I’ve learned how to put it into a box off to the side, find the joy in my life in other ways and then address it. It’s a little juggling act.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I wish you continued good health and hope that you are on the road to 100% recovery.

Debbie Gibson: Thank you.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I find it so fascinating that you and your three sisters all expressed interests in music as youngsters. Who were your influences?

Debbie Gibson: My dad was an orphan, and he grew up in the foster care system. He and three of the boys in the Boys Home at Far Rockaway formed a barbershop quartet called the Four Peanuts. They were on Name That Tune, Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour and The Joe Franklin Show, which later I was on then got to talk about that. My dad has this amazing, natural singing voice. My mom has amazing rhythm, and thank God I got the best of both because my mom cannot carry a tune, and my dad can’t clap to a beat (laughs).

They got a piano in the house before they ever got a couch because they decided they wanted music in the house, but I don’t think they realized how much their four girls would monopolize the piano and be interested in it. I think I was always clearly the most interested. My sisters and I sang. We’d be four of the seven von Trapp children in The Sound of Music, so we all did it together, but it was always clear if one of us was going to sacrifice everything for that, it was going to be me. They wanted a little more normalcy in their lives, and hence they’re married with kids, and I’m still the road gypsy and doing my thing (laughs). Yeah, it’s definitely in the genes.

I saw this little Asian girl on Ellen who’s a virtuoso pianist and songwriter. Ellen asked her, “How do you think of these songs you write?” She said, “I just hear the music in my head, and I write it down.” I felt like I was watching myself because that’s always what’s happened. I think that a lot of writers can’t even call themselves writers. It’s like you have to call yourself a channeller because it’s not like you’re doing anything.

Just like somebody might hear one of their favorite songs in their head repeatedly, I hear songs that haven’t been written yet in my head, and I feel like it’s my responsibility to write them down and get them out. I just usually wave to the sky and say, “Thank you for that!” It’s always melodies for me. I hear melodies, strings and arrangements. I hear lyrics, but I have to work harder at them. I was just blown away by this little girl because she writes full classical pieces. It’s like she came to earth with this old soul, with this ability to channel that stuff. It was fascinating for me to see that in somebody else currently out there.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): As a young person in the 80s, though, wasn’t it difficult to write, sing and produce, to do everything yourself?

Debbie Gibson: It was really fun. The only difficult thing was convincing the record executives and the powers that be that I knew how to do it. I had to prove myself. Somebody else may have gotten signed off of a five-song demo, but the label heard literally about a hundred songs that I demoed in my garage. They said, “This has to be a fluke. We really don’t want to sign you until we are sure this isn’t a fluke.” I had to jump through all these hoops that other people didn’t have to jump through.

Now you do have people like Taylor Swift who, at a young age, exercised her writing abilities and production abilities, and it wasn’t such a novelty. But when I started, it was a real novelty. Girls were supposed to be puppets, and the older men knew better. I was always like, “Why is this real estate exclusive to men?” It’s really about hearing what you want to come out of the speakers in your head and knowing how to articulate it to the musicians.

I can talk music to musicians, and a lot of producers can’t do that, but they’re still fabulous producers. So many producers will describe even a sound as a shade like, “I want it to sound more like a green.” I’ve heard all kinds of things in the studio. If I had done that and not said. “I want a B-Flat Major 7 chord there,” they would’ve said, “You’re not producing your music.” I had to almost show off and prove myself in ways that others didn’t because I was both young and female which was like a double minority at the time. It was an interesting thing, but I found that almost more rewarding.

I always said singing was not my natural ability. I’ve always had to work very hard at singing, but hearing the music, producing the music, playing the music … all very natural for me. It’s what I can do in my sleep and what I probably get the most enjoyment out of.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What you did in the 1980s was groundbreaking for both young artists and the women that came after you.

Debbie Gibson: Thank you. I always say each generation oils the machine for the next. For me, I remember watching Marie Osmond who’s a pal to this day. She was out there doing it at sixteen. Before her, there was Lesley Gore who we just lost recently. I remember meeting her on Good Morning America and saying, “Oh my God, hail Lesley! You did this before me. Thank you!”

It seems like this generation doesn’t pay homage necessarily to the generations before so much. I think we live in the time where this generation thinks they invented everything. I always looked back. It’s subtle, but without a woman in every generation inching the machine forward a little bit, it would’ve been that much harder for me.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What’s next, Debbie?

Debbie Gibson: I’m doing some live shows coming up in May, June and July, and I’m doing a Southeast Asian tour in the fall, so mainly live performance stuff. I’m getting my new music down in the studio because that really has been a long time coming for me, and I’m ready (laughs). I’m ready to rock it, ready to hit it!

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