About Debbie Cunningham

Debbie Cunningham is a romantic jazz/pop artist residing in Franklin,TN. She writes songs about staying in love, pursuing your dreams and living life as a mid-life female. She is passionate about her family, relationships, loving others well, sunsets and dark chocolate! www.debbiecunninghamjazz.com

CD RELEASE CONCERT!

Local CD RELEASE CONCERT Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 3 pm at the Brentwood Library!  FREE event but seating is limited so please REGISTER HERE: http://brentwood-tn.libcal.com/event/3591904

So excited to be sharing my CD release as a part of the Brentwood library’s Arts series. Looking forward to seeing all of you at this long awaited release! Great music & Give aways ! Bring friends!!

A Million Kisses Album cover

A Million Kisses Album cover

 

New Album, 2 Graduations,1 Wedding , oh my!

Hellooooo end of Summer!

I’ve had a crazy last few months…..  finished producing and recording the new album, had both kids graduate …my son from high school and my daughter from college.  My daughter got married at the end of June! Whew!  What a marvelous, exhausting ride planning a wedding can be. Two days after the wedding, my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary!! Lots of big life events in a short few months. I’m really excited but a wee bit emotional about the empty nest. Our daughter  has already moved away and our son will be off to college next week!. Upcoming? CD release…Finally, I know! I’ve gotten great feedback from those that pre-ordered the album so I’m looking forward to the public release! For now here’s a few pics of my crazy few months. Soon I’ll be announcing the BIG CD release EVENT so stay tuned!!

A Million Kisses Album cover

Deanna and Drake Graduation

Deanna and Drake Graduation

Family Wedding pic

Family Wedding pic

Debbie and Derek 30 years!

Debbie and Derek 30 years!

Southern Snow Day= Mandatory slow down

southernsnowjan2016    I woke up yesterday to a Southern Snowfall in TN. It truly is beautiful although it wreaks havoc here in the South. I grew up in the North so I’m no stranger to those little white flakes that fly through the air with a beauty that is magical yet wreaks craziness on the ground. What I love about snow in the South is that it requires a mandatory slow-down for everyone. I mean…we got an inch and everything closes down. My Northern friends are laughing but here we seem to get a layer of ice under that lovely white blanket. Partner that will winding roads and Tennessee hills and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. SO we HAVE TO SLOW DOWN….in everything. In today’s society, we are racing at a ridiculous pace. I often tell people I am just trying to keep up with my own life. Sad but true. There’s always something that needs my attention..family,household chores, my music career and right now added to that is college audition process/paperwork and a wedding to plan! It takes discipline and intention for me to put on the brakes and breathe. I’m not always good at it but I’m learning. Because when I don’t slow down regularly, I pay for it eventually with my health and sanity.  The best thing about yesterday’s slow down was everyone’s work schedule cancelled, rehearsals were cancelled and we had a wonderful family dinner together and played a game for hours. We laughed so hard that we cried at times and it was wonderful. (FYI-the game is Awkward Family Photos and it is a  blast with teens and adults. And no I’m not getting paid to say that just love the game!) We had hot chocolate and cookies that I had stashed in the freezer for such a spontaneous moment as this. It was wonderful!!! As a mom who has a child graduating high school and going off to college, one graduating college, getting married and moving away…I will forever remember this mandatory slow down. It was a gift from an unexpected snowfall. And I received it with a grateful heart. When is the last time you slowed down? What would it mean to your family or marriage or personal health  to slow down for a breather? If it snows in your neck of the woods…I hope you will. And the next time you are baking cookies…stash a few in the freezer for an unexpected family moment. You’ll be glad you did! Remember to like,share and comment. I love to hear from you.

Pre-Order my New Album Now!

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A Million Kisses….is almost complete! Join me in ushering this new music into the World. By PRE-ORDERING you’ll get bonus items,exclusive content and be on my private team through completion. And you’ll be getting some great romantic jazz into your ears!

This music is for you if you’ve ever known love and wanted to nurture it and make it last. It’s for you if you know that lasting love means hanging in there no matter what.
This project is dedicated to those who celebrate STAYING IN LOVE. I married my high school sweetheart and 29 years later, we’re still enjoying the journey of being in love, weathering storms and living our adventure together. And It’s possible for you too! This album celebrates and encourages couples on their journey of making love last.
So if you believe in the power of love and loving for a lifetime, please pre-order your copy today!

New CD in the works…..

Spring has sprung in TN! I have been busy working on my new CD A Million Kisses! So exciting to finally be making some progress with this record. I am kicking off a per-order-crowdfunding campaign very soon so stay tuned. In this process you will be able to see behind the making of the music …get cool stuff like an autographed CD, singing telegrams, hand written lyric sheets, a song written just for you or someone you love and you get to cast your vote on a few things like cover art and more! To make sure you get all the insider info join the Insiders newsletter at debbie cunningham Jazz.com

 

Marriage & Branding

Last night I was the featured vocalist at a regional Christian Women in Media event where I heard Mila Grigg from Moda Image Consulting speak on personal branding. Now branding is a hot topic in this age of digital media. What others think of your company or your product makes a difference in your company’s success. I’ve heard many people speak on branding over the years but this one resonated deeply with me. It got me thinking about marriage.  I know you are thinking, “huh?” but stay with me.  Mila said that you don’t own your brand, your customer does and what they say about you when you leave the room IS your brand. So let’s translate that to your marriage relationship. What if your marriage “brand” directly correlates to your relational success? What is your brand there? Would your spouse say you are kind, generous, loving, joyful, forgiving in your marriage or would the residue that remains when you leave the room be frustration, anger, bitterness, annoyance or sorrow? IF the way we carry ourselves within what we do for a living can truly make or break us, wouldn’t that same principle apply to our relationships? Specifically our marriages?

It nailed me. Too often the fragrance I leave in the room is not one that truly resonates with who I want to be as a wife. Juggling my family, career, volunteering at church, planning 2 weddings ( my daughter’s & my sister’s), being head of a local high school music board, running a household ie: laundry,cooking ,cleaning….can leave me frazzled, if not kept in balance. When it is out of balance it spills over into my marriage. Not pretty…Ugh.

Marriage isn’t easy. It takes intentional investment to maintain and grow a rich relationship. What do you want to be known for in life? More specifically, what do you want to be known for in your marriage?  I can tell you, what you are known for in your peripheral relationships can be way different than those close to you at home. You should ask your spouse or your kids. They’ll tell you the hard truth. They are the ones who see the good, bad and the ugly and love you anyway.  At home the real branding emerges. So what is your marriage brand? Is it what you want to be known for? If not, how might you change that today? Something to think about.

Would love to hear from you if you want to comment below. And yes I’m open to the good, bad and the ugly because it matters. Please feel free to like, share this post too. 🙂

February & Intentional connecting

It’s February! The snow is falling here in middle TN which means no school today.  As a northern gal relocated to the south this always tickles me. 12 inches of snow in the North = 1 hour school delay LOL! Here, the city is shut down. But I get it…the roads are hilly and we don’t have the salt trucks and removal system that they have in the north. We seem to always get ice here too…usually beneath the layer of snow which makes the roads very treacherous. The 1 or 2 inches of snow  are beautiful though, glistening across the farm behind my house. Stillness.. I love those days that interrupt the busyness of life. We run here and there…going to work, PTO meetings, church meetings, grocery store….it can be a never ending cycle. Those of us that work from home don’t stop working on these days but I try to be present. Sitting by the window watching the snow fall while I drink my coffee at least.  Taking a few minutes to breathe ….Life is more than running here and there. God created a world and a life and people He wanted us to care for and embrace. We have families and friends and neighbors we barely see because we are rushing to or from somewhere. At least I have found that to be true in my own life. What about you? When is the last time you had a pause…to breathe, to connect with a friend or how about your spouse? Marriages fall apart quickly when we don’t connect. I see my husband every day but even we have to be intentional about pausing to connect together because life is busy and full. This is the week of Valentine’s Day. Sometimes we pause and have dinner or share a moment or bring flowers or candy for special days like Valentine’s but when was the last time you really connected intentionally with your spouse? Dinner and a movie at home? Game night? Trying a new hobby together? Trying a new restaurant or cooking together? It’s fun! In fact, what are the creative ways you connect with your spouse when life is busy? (outside of the bedroom)  I’d love to hear from you and maybe we’ll all learn to pause a bit more together!

Since it’s Valentine’s week and in the spirit of intentional connecting ….I will be giving away my romantic Jazz CD to one lucky commenter this week!

 

 

It’s a New Year!

By now we are 2 weeks into the new year- 2016! I’m still having to catch myself writing the date. January can be exciting because it is a time to reflect on the previous year and to look forward to what is in store or maybe what changes can be made. Perhaps 2015 was hard for you so 2016 means a fresh start! I had a very busy year in 2015. I think every year seems to get busier when you have a family.  I had exciting opportunities; Singing at Carnegie Hall, working with a vocal coach in NYC that I had been wanting to work with, working with some amazing musicians this year, streaming my first show on line,writing new songs for my upcoming record, having my family sing with me at my annual Christmas concert in TN ( that’s the pic above…I promise the purple hair IS from the stage lights!), turning 50, Celebrating my daughter’s engagement and spending time with extended family over the holidays!  There was lots of mundane too; the work of owning my own business, day in and day out of managing a household, cooking ,cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry (you didn’t think I get out of all that did you?)…chauffeuring kids when unexpectedly we were down to one vehicle with 4 schedules and jobs. We all learned to be more flexible in that season. I tore my rotator cuff several months ago and now I’m learning to delegate and ask for help…not my forte! Those are just the highlights that made for a crazy year. Whew! Some of this last year was difficult and  I’m glad to start fresh again. But I am so thankful for all of it, albeit, in hindsight. I learned a lot! Looking forward, I believe many exciting things  are coming THIS year just awaiting for us to uncover them. Michelangelo once said, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” 

What walls do you need to hew away in order for your best year to be revealed?  Maybe some things, habits and  over commitments need to go in order for you to live the life you desire. Perhaps to be less stressed? Healthier? More time for things that are priorities? Think about it and comment below what changes and or new habits you are planning to incorporate this year. I would love to hear from you and maybe you’ll inspire someone else. And remember to write 2016!

 

Live Streaming Show Dec 18Th!

Debbie singing Santa Baby to audience participant

So excited to share we are LIVE STREAMING the Christmas show! I will be doing a live broadcast on Concert Window which starts at 9:00pm EST on December 18. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in!  It will happen at https://www.concertwindow.com/14295-debbie-cunningham.

WE have sold out of PreSale tickets but If you live in Nashville area and want to attend the live show, there will be tickets at the door. $20  Tickets booth will open at 7:15…show doors at 7:30. First come first serve on seating.  8pm show

Franklin Brentwood Arts Performance Hall  210 Gothic Ct   Franklin,TN 37067

Hope you can join me Live in Franklin or On line and share some great Christmas music and we will get you in that holiday spirit!!

Merry Christmas!!

-Debbie

Christmas Show Announced!

 

Debbie singing Santa Baby to audience participant

Debbie Cunningham and friends annual Swingin’ Christmas show is scheduled for

Friday December 18th, 2015!

8pm $20 Door

*$15 PreSale thru 12/12 Buy Here: http://dcjazzxmasshow.brownpapertickets.com

Location:

Franklin Brentwood Arts Performance Hall

210 Gothic Ct. Suite 200

Franklin, TN 37067

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