“Coming From Blue”
A delightfully arranged composition of contemporary Jazz music.
Singer, songwriter and gifted lyricist Debbie Kirkland began singing as a young child and graduated from the acclaimed Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Kirkland graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors Degree in Classical Vocal Performance. While in college, Debbie worked with legendary Blues guitarist Bill Harris regularly. It was through that exposure that she was hired to sing at the famed Charlie’s of Georgetown, the Jazz club whose stage regularly hosted top tier performers such as Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing, Mel Tormé and Nancy Wilson. That became Debbie’s main performance venue billing her five nights a week while earning her music degree.
Debbie has shared the stage with some of the great names in music including George Duke, Marcus Miller, Chuck Mangione, Pieces of a Dream, Lala Hathaway, Chaka Kahn and Lonnie Liston Smith. As a seasoned performer, Kirkland has appeared on BET / Black Entertainment Television’s “BET on Jazz” and has performed at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, The East Coast Jazz Fest, the prestigious Capitol Jazz Fest at the Meriwether Post Pavilion and the renowned Washington, DC Jazz club Blues Alley. Kirkland’s sound has been compared to Jazz greats Nancy Wilson and Eloise Laws and her style of music from Dianne Reeves to Sade and has traveled the world touring Europe, the Middle East and Africa.