Born in South Korea, her father gave her the name Un Chong meaning blessed and on the straight path. She sang in a church choir at an early age. After elementary school, her family emigrated to the US and her uncle changed her name to a more American name, Debbie.
She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and majored in Flim Studies. At a campus jazz performance, she met Vernon Martin. Martin, a jazz bass player, had played with the Legendary Roland Kirk, and he asked her to sing with him at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival. After that performance, to rave reveiws, she formed the bands "Blue and Green" and Five East Pieces" and became part of the Santa Barbara jazz scene and they were written up in the Santa Barbara Independent by Josef Woodard. She recorded with Garrett King and Jim LaDiana on the track "Your Eyes" for their album "Silent Partner:.
Moving to Los Angeles after getting her B.A. in Film Studies, she met Dennis and Scott Bennett and sang back up vocals for thier showcase. Then, she recorded with Sal Marquez, trumpet player for Frank Zappa, on the track "With Your Kiss".
2006, in her song writting class at UCLA Extensions taught by David Batteau, she met her producer Double R (Robby Robinson) and they teamed up to record her first solo album, and she named herself Xia Dove.
Her music is simple, passionate and expossive, her sound, deep and rich. She is influenced by her film work and her music can be described as being cinematic. Her lyrics are based on her writings and poems about her strugggles.
Xia Dove (Lead Singer)
Michael Wycoff (Background Singer, Keyboards)
Robby Robinson (Bass, Keyboards)
Darren Smith (Drums)