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Biography

In 1977, Debby Boone earned instant fame when "You Light Up My Life" became one of the biggest songs in history, charting #1 on Billboard for ten straight weeks and selling in excess of four million albums. That year she received the Grammy for Best New Artist and has since received an additional seven Grammy nominations, winning two more. In 2008, the song was ranked #7 in Billboard's 50th Anniversary All-Time Top-Charting Songs.

Debby has appeared a number of times on the stage in New York, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982), Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary production of The Sound of Music (1989), and in the part of Rizzo in the long running revival of Grease (1996). She also toured nationally in Meet Me In St. Louis (1990), and performed the role of Anna in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, The King and I at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center in California (2001) and July 2018 in 42nd Street at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Debby’s last release was her thirteenth studio album, a tribute to Las Vegas in the 60’s entitled, Swing This. The accompanying show, which premiered at New York’s prestigious Carlyle Hotel in March of that year, has memories and stories shared from Debby’s formative years, when her father, Pat Boone, was headlining at the Sands and Sahara Hotels like driving the golf cart for her dad and running into Barbara Streisand, and going back stage to meet Elvis Presley. She also shares stories of eventually getting to work with members of the Rat Pack like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

"Debby Boone is a joyous blend of delicacy, wit, swinging sophistication, smoky sexiness and unbeatable artistry, often at the same time—all rolled into one swinging musical package… she offers variety, versatility and class all wrapped up in a brightly colored burst of show business know-how... one of the few headliners today who is keeping great music alive." Rex Reed

Debby continues to grow her reputation as a singer of the Great American Songbook, building on her previous release for Concord Records, Reflections of Rosemary. The album is an intimate musical portrait of her late mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney, for whom Debby had great love and respect. Each song is tied to a specific story that Debby shares in live performances. Debby has toured Reflections of Rosemary along with John Oddo at Performing Arts Centers and Symphony Halls throughout the USA, including an appearance with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston.

For a number of years, Debby has enjoyed being a part of the Lyrics and Lyricists Series in New York, benefitting the 92nd St. Y.

A project close to her heart, Debby is currently developing a new documentary & recording project based on her grandfather, the legendary country singer, Red Foley.

Debby lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Gabriel Ferrer, who works as an Episcopal priest. They have four grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two adorable grandchildren with a 3rd on the way!

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