Debbie Zepick

Debbie Zepick

BandChristianCeltic

Blend the contemporary and the folk, the raw, earthy with the sublime ethereal. intelligent lyrics and beautiful, melodies...songs about the real stuff of life. Winner of Great American Song Contest 2005 and 2009 as well as numerous other awards and nominations.

Biography

My first stage was the hay stack on my Dad's ranch in Southern Alberta. My first audience was the gathering of cows, horses, cats and dogs . I know they were impressed!

I did my first recordings at CBC Edmonton for some kind of compilation that never happened. A few years down the road, I recorded several songs for US airplay, in Nashville. Then I promptly went home to have babies, and didn't follow up the moderate success of those songs. (by the way, those babies are now playing in the band....so that was a good move!!)
I began work as an "indie" artist in 1992 with the release of the first album, which amazingly enough, didn't sell itself under my bed.So, I began making plans to hit the road when the second album was released, in 1995. Since then, I play and tour as much as possible, in churches, community centres, schools and streets. It is hard work, but the moment I start to sing, the work is worth it all. Most of my cds are sold that way too.
My music is influenced by my celtic heritage and my "pipes" which were made for the lyrical melodies that I write. Other influences...the prairie wind and the big Alberta sky.
One reviewer, in B.C. Christian News called my singing "transcendent" and said that "angels must sing like this." I am no angel but I am thankful for a voice that is unique and unmistakeable in its clarity and transparancy.

I think that maybe I am also a poet and in the tradition of the celts, I love to tell stories and asks questions. I invite listeners to participate in my journeys of reflection and relationship. I want each song to be a jewel, set and polished to perfection, yet raw in emotion and fresh in approach. The melodies take their influence from generations of Irish and Scottish songwriters, whose songs remain as popular as ever. The lyrics deal with the "real stuff" of life, fear, loss, joy and triumph.
The music has an appeal to a wide range of listeners...from the college crowd who like to dig into the lyrics and surprising songwriting, to the rural folk who identify with my musical stories of life on the prairies, to the musical elite who appreciate all those hours of practice!!

Lyrics

Anti Gravity

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Anti Gravity

Words and Music by Debbie Zepick
©2003 Zepick Musick
("I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly!" Jesus)

Like the sheets on the line on a prairie windy day

I leap, I flip, I fly

And I'm flat on my back in the middle of this sea

Watching the clouds dance by

Oh, God, I am high on You

This is anti-gravity

Oh, Lord, I am grateful for these senses you have given me

The gift to feel again

Oh, God, I am high....

Like the scent of the soil after winter's endless stay

I drink, I laugh, I play

And I'm drowning in this apple blossom incense on the breeze

I just might float away

Chorus:

Bridge:  But nothing compares with the words "I am sorry"

And nothing compares to your words, "I forgive"

And nothing compares to knowing that nothing compares to You!

It's like falling in love for the very first time

My feet don't touch the ground

It's the brush of your kiss in the pillow of the mist

The earth can't hold me down

Oh, God, I am high on You

This is anti-gravity

Oh, Lord, I am grateful for these senses you have given me

The gift to feel again

Oh, God, I am high

Anti-gravity

This is the Mystery

Written By: Debbie Zepick

This Is the Mystery
words and music by Debbie Zepick 2005

Lose your life to win it,
Die so that you might live
Forgive, forgive, forgive
This is the mystery
This is the mystery

And oh,
Give away,
And oh,
Extravagantly
Love
Go then
Live for others
This is the mystery

Love those who would hate you
Do good to those who harm
Disarm, disarm, disarm
This is the mystery
This is the mystery

And oh,
Give away,
And oh,
Extravagantly
Love
Go then,
Live for others
This is the mystery
(This is the mystery)

Lessons from the mountain
Rules for the street
this is learning from the Savior
this is walking with the Savior

There's strength in weakness
And foolish are the wise
Surprise, surprise surprise
This is the mystery
This is the mystery

And oh,
Give away,
And oh,
Extravagantly
Love
Go then,
Live for others
This is the mystery
(This is the mystery)

Rain Upon the Roof

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Rain Upon the Roof
Words and Music by Debbie Zepick
Copyright Zepick Musick 2003

I am a farmer, I watch the sky
For those things that bring new life, I so rely
There is no hay, there is no grain
Without the warmth, without the sun, without the rain

There are the seasons when I confess
That I believe that You've forgotten how to bless
The sky is empty, the land is bare
And though I cry to you, it seems that you don't care

Chorus
But You are God and I am not
You know the reasons
And you do not need my words to know the seasons
Though I do not understand, I know You're not aloof
As I listen for the rain upon the roof

I am a farmer, so weak and frail
Tossed about as much by doubt as wind and hail
All through the night, all through the year
You bring the harvest of my soul, peace to my fear

I am a farmer, it is my call
And I live to plant in spring, harvest in fall
But in between, I'm on my knees
Father, bless the work of these hands if you please

Chorus

I Run to You

Written By: Debbie Zepick

I Run to You
©2005 Zepick Music

When the pain's too great
I cannot bear it
When the sorrows come
Too much to carry it

I run to you when I do not understand
I run to you just as fast as I can
Will you bear my burdens there?

When the questions come
I cannot answer them
When the hopes seem gone
I can't manufacture them

I run to you when I cannot find the way
I run to you when there's nothing I can say
Will you bear my burdens there?

When the oceans roar too strong to free me
When thousands fall all around me
I look to you in the great catastrophe
I look to you, Oh Lord remember me
Will you bear my burdens there?

I look to you when I cannot find the way
I run to you, O Lord remember me
Will you bear my burdens there?


Calling All Angels

Written By: Debbie Zepick

When you were a baby, tiny and fragile
I loved you so much it was frightening
While you were sleeping, I'd sit and watch you
And just before I left your bedside I'd say

Chorus:
Calling all angels to be near you
Calling all angels round your bed
Calling all angels always with you
Hold your heart and guide your head

Now you're a tall one, almost a grown man
I dread the day that you'll be leaving
While you are wandering, I'll be here waiting
And every night before I sleep I will pray

Chorus

Your world is calling. Life so enthralling
As you begin the great adventure
Amid the dangers, make friends of strangers
And God be with you every step of the way

Chorus

I Am Grass

Written By: Debbie Zepick

I Am Grass
©2001 Words by Debbie Zepick
Music by Debbie Zepick and Aaron Zepick

Chorus:
I am grass, oh, I am grass, I am grass. I will wither
I'm the flower that fades away
I am grass, I am grass, oh I am grass and I will wither
Lord won't leave me that way
I'll be brand new some day

Can I hang the stars in space
Can I add to life one hour
Here the sun comes up because of You

Chorus

Can I hope to save my soul
By strength or by my honour
Any good I do, it comes from You

Not a breath comes from my lips
That you have not decided
All my days were numbered long ago

Though the petals fall and lose their face
You have pity on this fallen race

Chorus

Not Like In the Movies

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Blessed are the poor in spirit
They shall see heaven
Blessed are the meek
They will inherit the earth
Blessed are the grieving
They will be consoled
Blessed are those who long for justice
They shall be filled

Chorus:
Not like in the movies
Not like in the movies
Where in ninety minutes
Everything is all warm and chummy
Where the big guy wins the fight
And gets the girl and the money

Blessed are the weak
For in weakness Jesus is strong
Those who work for peace
Are called the children of God
Blessed are the persecuted
For the Father defends them
Blessed are the merciful
To them His mercy extends

Chorus

That's how it really is
That's how it really is
A dim mirror doesn't show us
The end of the story
That's how it really is
The plot thickens while we wait
For the hope and the glory

Blessed are the pure in heart
For they shall see God
Blessed are those who are slandered
They can be glad
Great is the blessing
And great the reward
For those who suffer
For the sake of the Lord

Chorus

But the forecast says
Forever's gonna be sweet and sunny
'Til the credits roll Lord Jesus
Give us strength for the journey

Counting On You

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Counting on You
©2009 Zepick Music

I have these questions without answers
What about the suffering and the pain
What to say to the skeptics and the scoffers when I can’t explain
I put all my cards in your pocket
I put all my stakes in your claim
I put all my stocks in your market
Don’t put me to shame

I‘m counting on you
I’m counting on you
Lord I’m counting on you
That you are who I know
That you did what you do
I’m counting on you

I believe you are the risen saviour
Who lived this life without sin
I believe you are my God incarnate
You’ll come back again

I’m counting on you
I’m counting on you
Lord I’m counting on you
That you are who I know
That you did what you do
I’m counting on you

I found another gospel
It doesn’t sound like good news
There’s a spirit of deception
A plan to confuse

I want to be the one who is certain
No more tossing with the breeze
Sustain my faith and my passion
When faith’s under siege

I’m counting on you
I’m counting on you
Lord I’m counting on you
That you are who I know
That you did what you do
I’m counting on you
I’m counting on you


Laughing Out Loud

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Laughing Out Loud

An outlaw, a rebel, that's what I was, that's where I've been
A seeker, a loner, tossed like curtains in the wind
Only this grace that held my face between it's hands
Forced me to listen when you said you loved me

And now I'm amazed
Joy has made me giddy
Dancing barefoot in the crowd
And now I'm a case
I'm in a brand new space
Hear me laughing out loud

So angry, so hasty, crying for help the best I could
Forgive me, I'm sorry, I said things I never should
You are the only one I could not drive away
No matter what I did oh still you'd stay

And now I'm amazed
Joy has made me giddy
Dancing barefoot in the crowd
And now I'm a case
I'm in a brand new space
Hear me laughing out loud

So now you're seeing a new kind of fool
But I don't think that's bothering you

A cynic, critic, that's what I was, that's what I am
You mold me, you make me, somehow you always understand
Pulled up beside me and said let's go for a drive
Living with you is such a rush, such a ride

And now I'm amazed
Joy has made me giddy
Dancing barefoot in the crowd
And now I'm a case
I'm in a brand new space
Hear me laughing out loud


Insignificant

Written By: Debbie Zepick

I am not insignificant
I am not invisible
Even when I feel dispensible
I am not, I am not, I am not

I am not unacceptable
I am not inconsequential
No one might assume I'm forgetable
I am not, I am not, I am not
Because you love me

Love wraps me up
Love glows
Love sees what the world never knows
Without a word love shows
That I am am not insignificant

I am not undesirable
I am not unremarkable
Though I might appear unexceptional
I am not, I am not, I am not
Because you love me


Bend Like a Willow

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Bend Like a Willow
©2009 Zepick Music

I've got a dog who won't listen
He won't do anything I say
Whenever we go out walking
He wants to run the other way

Gotta bend like a willow
Bend like a willow
Follow you every step I take
Bend like a willow so I don't break

If I had Solomon's wisdom
And had the patience of Job
I'd always follow your direction
Never take the wrong road

And bend like a willow
Bend like a willow
Follow you every step I take
And bend like a willow so I don't break

Determined to control I cannot bend at all
Being flexible means always going where you call

In all this time that I've been living
You'd think by now I'd understand
Stop putting up these stubborn struggles
When you interrupt my plan

Bend like a willow
Bend like a willow
Follow you every step I take
And bend like a willow so I don't break

That's why the horse has got a bridle
That's why a dog is on a chain
I never seem to learn my lesson
You have to teach me it again

Bend like a willow
Bend like a willow


This Day

Written By: Debbie Zepick

This Day
©2009 Zepick Music

This day is so threatening
If I could start over I would
Maybe I’ll just roll over use my pillow as a hood

But as long as you call me to pick up and follow
I know that I cannot resist
As long as this earthly body will allow me
I’ll hardly consider the risk
I believe, I believe Lord
I believe in You

This world is so broken
I get overwhelmed by the pain
This world so needs redemption
I know that’s why you came

So as long as the sparrow still sing in the morning
As long as the sun warms my back
As long as your love continues to surround me
Nothing will I lack
I believe, I believe Lord
I believe in You

It’s a crazy hope it’s a durable joy
I did not create and I cannot destroy

This life is so uncertain
Tomorrow is no guarantee, but
Someday you’ll pull back the curtain
And I’ll understand perfectly

So in spite of the chaos that overwhelms me
In spite of the doom and the gloom
Because of the light that you ignite within me
Because of the empty tomb
I believe, I believe Lord
I believe in You

I believe, I believe Lord
I believe in You

Polish Me

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Polish Me
©2009 Zepick Music

I waste sunny days down in this lonely room
Squander precious moments in self inflicted gloom
And sleepless nights, on things I cannot change
End up dull, defeated, joyless in exchange

Lord I need forgiveness
Polish me, polish me
Constant amnesty on
Polish me, polish me
Divine intervention, holy absolution
Your sanctification
Polish me

I spend energy keeping up appearences
I am altruistic 'till it strains my finances
When most engaging at at best, I'm still a sham
Only You can make me much more than I am

Lord I need forgiveness
Polish me, polish me
Constant amnesty on
Polish me, polish me
Divine intervention, holy absolution
Your sanctification
Polish me

Want to glow like silver but I'm made of straw
I want to be made perfect, I have this fatal flaw
So I will let you shine me the best that I know how
To shimmer and to mirror everything you are

Lord I need forgiveness
Polish me, polish me
Constant amnesty on
Polish me, polish me
Lord I need your mercy
Polish me, polish me
I need clemency oh
Polish me, polish me
Divine intervention, holy absolution
Your sanctification
Polish me

Vapour

Written By: Debbie Zepick

Vapour
©2009 Zepick Music

You are sky you are sun
You’ll still be here when all this is done
You are heat you are light I am vapour
You are the song I just ghostwrite
You are the thunder in the night
When I listen you remind me I am vapour

I am a whisper I am the mist
A fleeting raindrop brief and adrift
Out of ions you know me intimately
Vapour, vapour

You are diamond you are gold
Nothing good do you withhold
As you shine I just reflect
I am vapour
You are good you are kind
Yet so far beyond my mind
You are river you are sea
I am vapour

I am a whisper I am the mist
A fleeting raindrop brief and adrift
Out of eons you know me intimately
Vapour, vapour

Lord you make us a rainbow
From sun and rain
Giving you glory
Reflecting your fame

You are the giver you are the prize
Can’t wait to see you with my eyes
You are hope beyond my sight
I am vapour
You are wind and sail and oar
When you lift me from this shore
Then these clouds will never hold me
I am vapour
I am vapour

Discography

2009 Not Like In the Movies * contains 2009 Great American Song Contest Winner Polish Me, 2005 This is the Mystery * contains 2005 Great American Song Contest winnings songs "This is the Mystery, "Anti Gravity" and "Rain Upon the Roof".

2002 See Amid the Winter's Snow * nominated for
Vibe and Canadian Gospel Music Awards

2001 Fearless *contains Canadian Gospel Music Song of the Year "Unto the Lord" Nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

1999 Enjoy the Journey* Winner of Canadian Gospel Music Award

1997 Out of the Ruins
1995 Gold and Silver
1992 That's Why We Are Here
Other singles released to US Christian radio in the late 80's
Hear some of the music on www.cmradio.net or on celtic internet radio

Set List

Debbie is a story teller and we aren't sure whether she sings to tell the story, or tells the story in order to sing. The bulk of her concert is made up of original material off of her many albums. In addition, she does some stories that incorporate cover songs...from the Beatles to Louis Armstrong