Debbie Cunningham
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Debbie Cunningham

Franklin, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Franklin, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"Live Interview with Debbie Alan"

Listen to archive date 1/11/08
Debbie Alan interviews Debbie Cunningham on What are you doing the rest of your life?
Starting a new career after 40.

About the Host:
On The Homestretch ™ Debbie Alan's credits include Host of the internationally syndicated, "America's Dumbest Criminals" as well as the Co-Creator and Original Host of NewsChannel 5's "Talk of the Town" broadcast in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Unsigned-The Magazine"

The Rest of Your Life - Debbie Cunningham
What a glorious sound Debbie makes on this album. "The Rest of Your Life" is a collection of timeless jazz classics souped up by Mrs. Cunningham and her talented friends. What I love about this album is her vocal fearlessness. She's not afraid to open her mouth and place the notes exactly where she wants them. There are a hundreds of "My Funny Valentine" renditions floating around and her sassy version is rather refreshing. Kudos to John Swana, on trumpet. The playfullness of the lyrics is echoed in her sensuous, playful delivery. You can tell she had fun with it.

Each of the 11 tracks on this album are an absolute elegant treat. "The Way He Makes Me Feel" made me picture myself in a sepia toned reality where everything is sophisticated. This is a very professional, romantical and sophisticated effort. Debbie's voice has a firm command of human emotion.

Anyone that knows me knows that I take my Stevie Wonder very very seriously. I couldn't wait to get to "Overjoyed" just to see if she might have messed my boy's classic up. NOPE. She nailed it. Her backing instrumentalists ( Piano: Barry Sames; Drums: Wilby Fletcher) should be given props here as well for their remarkable musicianship.
Mut Asheru - Unsigned- The Magazine (Dec 2, 2008) - Mut Asheru

"WRHU 88.7fm-New York"

"Cunningham's CD is a gem! Stylish singing,great musicianship,and a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs "
Bob Collins - WRHU 88.7 fm - Hempstead,NY (Mar 24, - Bob Collins

"From Greg Lee/WMOT JAZZ 89"

"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 on her CD, 'The Rest of Your Life'.
Such sensitive delivery, her choice of songs, the arrangements and accompanists belie the fact this is her debut disc. WOW!"

Greg Lee
program/music director
WMOT-FM, Jazz-89

- Nashville

"Debbie Cunningham-October Artist of the Month for W.IN.E magazine"

W.IN.E.(Women IN Entertainment) is a musicians publication distributed in Chicago,NYC and L.A. Debbie is the featured Artist for October 2007 and has a full page spread introducing her debut CD to new music fans. - Henley Associates and Entertainment


"The Rest of Your Life" Debut release
Available on Amazon, itunes and cdbaby.



Debbie 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 trio. In 2008, she was chosen to perform at the Nashville run of the international female artist showcase Chick Singer Night. In addition to that show at the French Quarter Café, she has entertained audiences at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, regional hotspots like F. Scott’s jazz restaurant in Green Hills, Criallo’s in Franklin, the Palace Theatre in Crossville and Wine Down Main Street, a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, also in Franklin.

Hitting the ground running on her career, the Massachusetts born, Central Pennsylvania raised singer recorded an album that Cunningham’s growing legion of fans call “soulful, sultry and smooth…delicate, delicious…elegant and sophisticated…lyrical and intimate…engaging” and, even more to the emotional-spiritual point, like musical “Botox for the soul.”

A wonderfully eclectic jazz trio, swing and bossa styled mix of Great American Songbook covers (“My Funny Valentine,” “What’s New,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay”), pop standards (“The Way He Makes Me Feel,” “Overjoyed”) and one original (the Diana Krall styled bossa nova “How Much I Love You”), The Rest Of Your Life reunited her in Philadelphia with longtime friend and fellow Temple University alum, jazz pianist Barry Sames, who played on and produced the album. Knowing of Cunningham’s great love for jazz standards and the music of Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett and Herb Alpert when she was growing up, Sames began encouraging her jazz aspirations many years earlier, when she was studying for her B.A. in Vocal Performance.

The industry buzz around The Rest of Your Life has been equally compelling. Critic Mut Asheru from Unsigned: The Magazine recently 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.” Cunningham also scored major write ups in the international women’s magazine More and in Jazz Magazine Italy, which included “The Way He Makes Me Feel” on one of its compilations.

“I’ve always believed that finding that intimate connection with the audience is the key part of being a successful artist and performer,” says Cunningham. “When I perform these standards and the new songs I am working on for my upcoming second album, they know I’ve lived a lot of the lyrics. I’m not 15 singing about a lifetime love…I’ve been married over twenty years, am raising a wonderful family and have a colorful personal history that includes 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 the songs I perform give them a chance to relax and decompress. 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.”