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About

Deborah C Smith - Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Producer

Deborah C. Smith is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn NY whose music and storytelling have roots in country and folk songs. Deborah's rock driven rhythm guitar, jazz-inspired flow, and life lessons in poetry form a unique songwriting style which she has applied to projects ranging from studio recordings and live performances to lyric writing for rock-operas, classic musicals and published poetry collections. 

She has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad as a solo folk musician and with the female roots ensemble Medicine Woman. Deborah's latest full length album, Hearing In The Bardo, explores the depths of personal loss and letting go, and illustrates her study of jazz, soul and lyrical poetry. 


"My journey with the acoustic guitar has been driven by my study of percussion and storytelling. Songwriting is the way that I process my life experiences, challenges, emotional peeks and valleys and how I relate to the world. I am so happy to share my music, including a new collections of songs which deal with the feelings of loss, letting go and surrendering to the truth and flow of life."


 ORIGENS

A tap dancer from the young age of 3, Deborah spent her early childhood immersed in the exploration of rhythm. As a college student at SUNY Geneseo, the beat moved upward from her feet and she danced and drummed for 3 years with SanKofa Company, a West African ensemble led by Clyde Morgan. African drumming activated the hands and voice and it was not long before she began strumming an acoustic guitar. Her undergrad study of cultural religions and theater formed a clear path for storytelling and Deborah began a life-long journey of crafting words and rhythms for the stage.

In 1997, Deborah moved to NYC to pursue artistic collaborations with the most hard core. It was there in the heart of the city that her skills were honed and polished and she stepped professionally into the producer role, working on the sets of live television and assisting stage directors in dance and theater.  Her performance career has landed her on premiere stages city and nation-wide, including some of New York's notorious folk clubs (CBGB's, The Bitter End, The Sidewalk Cafe, Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory) and countless unique spaces (Chez LaRoe, Dixon Place, Red Square, Angel Orensanz, The Bowery Poetry Club, St. Marks Church).

She has recorded 2 full length albums and a Live EP of original songs, collaborated on countless works of theater and co-written and produced 2 original rock-operas with long time musical collaborator Lucas Papaelias. 

Deborah has been blessed to perform live for international audiences in Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Aruba, and Canada.  

Current projects include crafting the songs for a new record, a two week tour in October to Western Europe and a collaboration of songs for a feature film.