Deborah Gibson

Follow
Deborah Gibson

Born

8/31/1970, Brooklyn, New York

Birth Name

Deborah Ann Gibson

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Debbie Gibson
  • Debbie Gibson and Tiffany star in the Sy...
  • Debbie Gibson and Tiffany star in the Sy...
9.3
out of 10
User Rating
9 votes

Biography

EDIT
Deborah Ann Gibson was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 31, 1970, to Joseph and Diane Gibson. She has three sisters. She became known to the world at large at the age of 16 with the release of her single "Only in My Dreams." Her album Out ofmore

Credits

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In Fall 2007, Deborah was rumored to have been dating American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis. She has stated that this is untrue.

    • In July 2008, Deborah's Camp Electric Youth will offer its first four-week session. It is a performing arts summer day camp geared towards young performers ages 7-17. Deborah will teach both voice lessons and songwriting.

    • In 2007, Deborah hosted Dick Clark's 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand with Frankie Avalon.

    • Deborah has had only three commercially released music-related videos: Out of the Blue, Live in Concert -- The Out of the Blue Tour, Live Around the World.

    • In May, 2007, Electric Youth: The Musical, opened at The Starlight Theater in Orlando, Florida. The musical features fourteen of Deborah's songs.

    • Deborah's duet with former New Kids on the Block member Jordan Knight, "Say Goodbye," peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot Contemporary Chart in September, 2006.

    • Deborah is a friend of Barry Williams, best known for playing Greg on The Brady Bunch.

    • Deborah was a childhood friend of Ricki Lake.

    • Deborah is heavily into Yoga.

    • Deborah once dated actor Brian Bloom, whom she met when they both were on The New Hollywood Squares.

    • Deborah once dated actor Chris Bruno.

    • "The Flunky", the musical written by Jimmy Van Patten, with music by Deborah, and lyrics by Deborah and Jimmy Van Patten, is now in pre-production. It is set to go into Workshop possibly by late fall.

    • In October 2006, Deborah began dating The Bold And The Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas.

    • Deborah was on the hit list of celebrity killer Robert John Bardo, the person who succeeded in killing My Sister Sam's Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989.

    • Deborah appeared in the 2005 film, Coffee Date.

    • Deborah starred in the 2004 TV-movie, Celeste in the City.

    • Deborah was to star in her own series, called Maggie Bloom, which was never produced.

    • Deborah appeared in the films My Girlfriend's Boyfriend and My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception.

    • Deborah had uncredited appearances in the 1986 movies Sweet Liberty and The Manhattan Project.

    • Deborah currently drives a Mini Cooper.

    • It had been rumored that Deborah was up for replacing Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol. However, that rumor proved to be false.

    • Deborah won an award as Rock Producer of the Year at the 1990 American Songwriter Awards.

    • Deborah won an award for Artist of the Year at the 1990 New York Music Awards.

    • Deborah's song "Lost in your eyes" won an award for Song of the Year at the 1990 New York Music Awards.

    • Deborah won an award for Best Pop Female Vocalist at the 1990 New York Music Awards.

    • Deborah was co-ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for 1989, tied with Bruce Springsteen.

    • Deborah was the co-host of the 1989 American Music Awards.

    • Deborah's Out of the Blue won an award for Debut Album of the Year at the 1989 New York Music Awards.

    • Deborah won an award as Debut Artist of the Year at the 1989 New York Music Awards.

    • Deborah has one authorized biography, titled Between the lines, whose name comes from an unreleased song on her first album Out of the blue. The book is long out of print.

    • A number of Deborah's studio albums, including Anything is possible and Think with your heart, contain bonus tracks in their Japanese release.

    • Deborah is the former spokesperson for the Leadsinger Karaoke microphone.

    • Two of Deborah's favorite artists and inspirations are fellow singer/songwriter/pianists Billy Joel and Elton John.

    • In Deborah's first attempt at the role of Eponine in Les Miserables, she lost out because she was too young (she was 15). She would later get that same role for a limited engagement in 1991-92.

    • Raptori, a Finnish rap band, composed a song about her called "Debi Gibson."

    • Deborah graduated with honors from Calhoun High School in Merrick, Long Island, in 1988.

    • Deborah's dream car was a 1957 Ford Fairlane, which she bought following her early success as a pop idol. The car was later won by a fan in a radio contest.

    • In the late '80s Deborah was the spokesmodel for Natural Wonder Cosmetics.

    • In the late '80s, Deborah had a perfume named after her hit album and single, called "Electric Youth."

    • Deborah has been the composer and lyricist for the musical Skirts, something she has been working on since her Electric Youth days. A song from the unfinished musical called "Sex" appeared on her latest studio album, Colored Lights.

    • Since the beginning Deborah's career has been managed by her own mother, Diane, who is nicknamed her "Momager".

    • Deborah was a cheerleader in high school.

    • Deborah's song "Red Hot", from her first album Out of the Blue, is playing briefly during a scene in Whoopi Goldberg's 1987 movie Fatal Beauty.

    • Although most well known as a blonde, Deborah's natural hair color is brown.

    • Deborah wrote a letter to "The New York Times" speaking out against Madonna's book Sex. The letter was not published.

    • Deborah is skilled at playing piano, programming synthesizers and drum machines, guitar and flute. However, she is best known for playing the piano.

    • Despite all the rumors and hype at the time, Deborah and Tiffany were never really feuding.

    • Deborah has created two independent record labels: Espiritu, under which her album Deborah was released, and Golden Egg, under which M.Y.O.B. was released.

    • Deborah has always preferred being called Deborah over Debbie, and since her sixth album Deborah, has only gone by the name Deborah Gibson. Out of respect for her wishes, most fans call her Deborah as well even though most were used to calling her Debbie for years.

    • Deborah just released a single with fellow '80s pop idol Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, called "Say Goodbye." It debuted at #35 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, and is her first appearance on the charts in over thirteen years.

    • Deborah was also the subject of Mojo Nixon's parody song "Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with my Two-Headed Love Child."

    • David Lovering of The Pixies wrote a song named "Make believe," Deborah is the subject of this song.

    • Deborah's album "Electric Youth" and her first single from that album, "Lost in your Eyes," were simultaneously #1 on their respective Billboard charts.

    • Deborah's album "Electric Youth" and her first single from that album, "Lost in your eyes," were simultaneously #1 on their respective Billboard charts.

    • Deborah wrote her first song at the age of six, and it was called "Make sure you know your classroom."

    • Deborah was an extra in the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. She is at the table with the balloons in Tavern on the Green when Rick Moranis's character is attacked by the monster dog.

    • Deborah posed for the March 2005 issue of Playboy, in an issue themed "Sex and Music".

    • Deborah is 5'6" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Deborah: (on posing in Playboy) My real fans have grown with me, so they respect my choices. Those other people want me to be 16 forever, maybe because they don't want to admit that they're getting older too. But that's their issue. Deal with it, people.

    • Deborah: (on a performer being able to sustain herself over time) They don't have attitudes. They've been around a long time because they didn't get wrapped up in it - they know what their responsibilities are, they know why they're doing it - because they love music. The people who have attitudes are the ones you run across who have one record out and suddenly think they're it. Even having your picture in magazines is meaningless unless you really know that it's still a lot of work and there are responsibilities and you're not going to make instant money, then you're not going to get caught up in it. My real concern is being in the studio and being on stage - that's the fun.

    • Deborah: (on writing a fan letter to George Michael, 1987) I know I would have died if I would have gotten a response, but I didn't. I understand that he must get 1,000 letters a day.

    • Deborah: (on her songwriting, 1987) I'm very observant of everything that goes on around me. I get ideas from reading teen romances, movies, friends, my older sisters - and sometimes a phrase will spark me to make up a story.

    • Deborah: (from 1987) Some people don't realize what's involved. They think you wake up one morning and find an envelope with Ed McMahon's picture on it saying 'You have won a recording contract.' What they don't realize is that how much work you put in you get back.

    • Deborah: (from 1987) I saw Kenny G open for a Whitney Houston concert, and he walked around the stadium playing his saxophone - it was wild!

    • Deborah: (from 1987) I'm not an untouchable person. I often pull people on stage to dance. Or, I'll jump into the audience in the middle of a number like 'Only In My Dreams'.

    • Deborah: (from 1987) If I ever want to be cheered up, I read my fan mail. It's a lot of fun. I've been pretty much keeping up with the writing back, even if it's a short note to thank them. The age group is 10-24. One young girl wrote, 'I like to sing and now I know I can make it at a young age if I work hard.' It's good, kids relate to me because I'm close to their age and it gives them hope to keep following what they want to do.

    • Deborah: (from 1987) My friends and I are kinda like your typical all-American teens. We have fun going to movies, malls, and just hanging out at someone's house. They haven't changed towards me, 'cause I haven't changed towards them. Everyone has their own interests, you know, some of the guys are into their sports - we all go cheer them on. I have friends that are into tennis and we'll go to their matches. So, I'll perform and my friends will come see me. It's all kind of the same thing.

    • Deborah: (from 1987) I'd put my ear to the speaker in my bedroom and run back here to the piano and play - left and right hands together. Classical music gave me a good foundation. When I was little, I could play 15 classical pieces. I would put a ragtime beat to jazz them up for fun.

    • Deborah: (from her America On-Line chat on 3/27/96) What you are is God's gift to you and what you become is your gift to God.

    • Deborah: (on why she thinks she hasn't been asked to do Chicago on Broadway yet) For a while they were casting the role of Velma a bit older. When I auditioned for it, I was playing Belle [laughs], which I think definitely gave them the wrong idea in the perception area. After doing it twice regionally, I am quite satisfied at no longer pursuing the role on Broadway.

    • Deborah: I tend to get into something, like two feet and jump in, you know, she's always kind of going, 'Come on, Deb, it's your career, slow down, take it easy.'

    • Deborah: What we found is that there is a whole network of people who are college age and older, who are fairly well educated and are looking for an alternative to what's on pop radio. They are into books, movies, and go to cappuccino bars instead of alcohol bars - they are actually a lot like me.

    • Deborah: What I love about how my career has gone up to this point is that I've always, always put my head down on my pillow at night, and I've been able to say that I've done, honestly, what I've felt like I wanted to do. And that's really all you can hope for in everything you do.

    • Deborah: This is the time it all starts, I'm telling you. Like, 16, I mean, forget it. You could just get beat up, you could go through these grueling schedules.

    • Deborah: This business is about working. It's really not about glamour. For me, the most glamorous thing about it is to be able to get on stage and perform my music for people. That's the privilege. And that's what all the work leads up to, and that's why it's worth it to me.

    • Deborah: The music now is about my personal life, where I'm at as a 24-year-old young woman, so it's very honest and it's very pure and it's very emotional.

    • Deborah: The ideal situation would be to bypass all of the drama and mayhem and just get the music right to the people. I'm confident that we'll eventually figure it out.

    • Deborah: (on her album, Think With Your Heart) One of my favorite songs from the album is a song called 'For Better or Worse,' and it's basically about unconditional love, which is, I'd say, an ongoing theme in my personal life.

    • Deborah: (referring to Christina Aguilera's song "Genie in a Bottle") You can't put the genie back in the bottle.

    • Deborah: I tried to warn everybody that a man like Carson Daly would rise to power. But nobody wanted to listen to me.

    • Deborah: There's a lot of real talent in the world. Problem is...they're ugly.

    • Deborah: I'm kind of a quirky dresser usually. Like today, I'm actually pretty put together, but I dress kind of off sometimes, but that's just part of my personality

    • Deborah: Once I started writing songs, though, there was this feeling of, 'Oh my God, what a cool thing to be able to say to someone, 'You've never heard this before. And I know you haven't, because I wrote it.' I felt like, 'Wow, if I could present something new to people, that would be the ultimate thing.'

    • Deborah: For as long as I can remember, I walked, talked, and sang, and entertained. I mean, this picture that I look at, and, you know, I don't even remember it, obviously, because I was only two.

    • Deborah: And I always had people telling me, 'You can't do this. You're from Long Island, how do you expect to be on Broadway? You can't go into the city and be on Broadway.' What do you mean? It's an hour away! Of course I can be on Broadway someday.

    • Deborah: There are those people out there that live to destroy communities. I'm just afraid that one happened to get elected here.

    • Deborah: I'm glad I started so young, because you are really able to endure so much at that age.

    • Deborah: I think everybody changes from 16 to 24. Actually, I'm right on the verge of 25.

    • Deborah: I think any parent that makes their kid sit at a piano against their will and practice, they're going to have a kid that's not going to want to play the piano.

    • Deborah: I did, like, a couple of sexier videos, because all of a sudden I went, 'Wow, I have a body. I have this side of me that I haven't shown yet.' And I started kind of playing around with that side of things.

    • Deborah: Kids can see you don't have to have a sexy costume or shave your head or do crazy things to be successful. You just work at it and be normal.

    • Deborah: I've learned to have a sense of humor about myself. Lord knows everyone else does!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An all-time favorite!

    10
    I really felt bad to see Deborah on the Skating with Celebrities episodes, because something like that just screams has-been and I hate to see her lumped in with that.



    I've loved Deb since the beginning. I fell in love with her music from when she put out "Only in my dreams" and now, nearly 20 years later, I still love listening to her music. I was lucky enough to see her in Les Miserables in the early 90s, and I also got to see her in concert twice. She was great in all of them.



    With her level of talent, it really bothers me that she seems to have been all but forgotten by the world. I keep hoping that one day she'll make a comeback, but it just seems more and more unlikely.moreless