Debbie has been a full time worship leader at University Baptist Church in Houston, TX and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Cypress, TX, and led part time at West End Community Church in Nashville, TN prior to that. She now leads worship for retreats, as a fill in at churches around Texas, and occasionally at women’s prisons.
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More about Debbie from past press and bios:
“It’s a burning ring of fire [wink] of thick, campy storylines, sultry vocals and (mostly) adult lyrics. Needless to say, we’re fans. And in a city that’s seen its share of successful Americana acts, yet another is making her mark: Debbie Forrest.” – S. Serrano, Houston Press
Most listeners would tell you that Debbie’s strength is in her performance in her live shows. The sensitivity and emotion combined with her rich, haunting voice are enticing, but for Debbie it’s much more about the song than a performance. Each song has its own story and life that can never be told the same way twice, and a good singer is only as good as the song they sing. To Debbie, diversity is essential to keeping life interesting. Debbie’s main musical influences also share this wandering spirit. She looks to artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Nicole Nordeman and Patty Griffin as inspiration for their commitment to creativity and risk taking as well as their staying power over the years. Debbie’s songs are rooted in faith and burned by trial.
With two full length releases (Long Ride Home ‘04 & The Grievous Angels ‘13), an EP (The Train Song ), and several single releases under her belt, Debbie feels like she’s only scratched the surface, but with several TV placements and a title track cut on Tina Adair Band’s bluegrass release at the beginning of 2013, she is hopeful. Debbie plays regularly in every place from churches, to bars and coffeehouses, to regular appearances at a women prisons.
Debbie continues her own musical journey through her commitment to exploration and adventure in the creative process. Whether anyone is listening or not, she plans to continue on this path for many years to come, and believes her writing can only get better as more life stories are made.