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Category : Midwinter Bluesfest, Women In Blues
Feb 10, 2021

Pianist, singer and songwriter Debra Power is known for her powerhouse vocals and sparkling keyboard skills, having built a long list of performance/recording credits across Canada and in the U.S. Debra was weaned on Big Band music growing up, her father a bandleader during the dance era. Encouraged by her parents, Debra studied piano in her youth. In high school she formed her first band, an all-girls group that played local concerts and venues. She then headed off to study music at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she majored in voice.

Debra's studio work has included a solo work of original songs, gaining radio airplay on Holger Peterson's 'Natural Blues' program, and on numerous radio stations in Detroit. Her playing can also be heard on several commercial advertisements.

Debra has been a featured performer at the Calgary and Edmonton International Blues Festivals. Representing Southern Alberta in the Solo/Duo Category of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee (2016, 2017, 2019), Debra made it to the semi-finals at the prestigious event on all three occasions. She captured the CBMA Award for Keyboard Player of the Year (2014) and the award for Blues Album of the Year at the inaugural YYC Music Awards (2016). She received nominations for Blues Artist of the Year at the WCMA's (2016) and for Best New Artist at the Maple Blues Awards (2017). Debra was she was asked to showcase at the Toronto Blues Summit 2017, and that year also saw her open for Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musslewhite at Calgary's prestigious Jack Singer Concert Hall. In 2020, Debra was awarded the YYCMA Blues Recording of the Year for her " That's How I Roll" release.

In 2017, Debra's original song, Streets of Heaven was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition blues category, and in 2018 she was a finalist with her original song Temptation. In 2020, Debra's song If We Haven't Got Love was a semi-finalist iin the the global competition.

Debra's debut release, Even Redheads Get The Blues (2016), has garnered rave reviews and wide airplay across North America and in Europe. May, 2019, saw the release of Debra's latest CD, That's How I Roll, another great album of originals featuring some of the nation's finest musicians. That's How I Roll is receiving extensive airplay and brilliant reviews, coming in at 120 out of 200 on the 2020 Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues charts.