Bio

Debbie Cunningham

“If you wake up in the mornin’ and you can’t think of anything but singin’ first…then you’re supposed to be a singer, Girl.” -Sister Mary Clarence from Sister Act 2.

Debbie Cunningham is known as a powerful and engaging entertainer. Her musical styling of jazz is soulful and sultry, yet elegant and sophisticated.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from Pennsylvania’s Temple University. Upon graduation, Debbie married her high school sweetheart and moved to Nashville, TN where she continued to pursue her music career as a vocalist.

The industry buzz around The Rest of Your Life,  has been compelling. Critic Mut Asheru from Unsigned: The Magazine  wrote: “What a glorious sound Debbie makes on this album…What I love about this album is her vocal fearlessness…There are hundreds of ‘My Funny Valentine’ renditions floating around and her sassy version is rather refreshing…each of the 11 tracks are on absolute elegant treat.

Greg Lee, Program/Music Director for WMOT-FM, Jazz-89 Nashville adds, “Some singers’ entire careers are spent searching for that delicate, delicious connection with their listeners when a song becomes an intimate statement one is compelled to hear. Debbie Cunningham grabbed it right from the start. WOW!” Debbie Alan, original co-host of Nashville’s Talk of the Town says “Debbie has a voice like velvet” and Bob Collins from WRHU Jazz Radio NY calls Cunningham’s debut CD “A gem!”

She also scored major write -ups in the international women’s magazine, More and in Women in Entertainment.

Debbie Cunningham and Jim MichieIn addition to the amazing press, Cunningham has won over countless jazz fans in and around her adopted hometown of Nashville and beyond with the passionate live performances she plays with her quartet. She has entertained audiences at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, LP Field, regional hotspots like F. Scott’s jazz restaurant, small local theaters, wine festivals, corporate and charity events. When asked about how she feels about her career, she said. “I’ve always believed that finding that intimate connection with the audience is the key part of being a successful artist and performer. When I perform these standards and songs from my NEW album -A Million Kisses-the audience knows I’ve lived a lot of the lyrics. I’m not 15 singing about a lifetime love…I’ve been married 30 years, have raised a family  and I have a great reverence for those artists who are part of jazz history. I love bringing happiness into people’s lives through music. We are living in stressful times and I offer a place where they can enjoy themselves and unplug from the world for an evening. It’s a joy and an honor sharing that experience with them.”

Debbie’s NEW album- A Million Kisses is a blend of swing and Latin styled jazz original love songs. Additionally, she is currently authoring a book: The Art of Staying in Love. In it Cunningham shares stories behind the songs on the album, lessons from her 30 years of marriage and interviews from couples that have walked through difficult seasons of their relationship and stayed together.