Deborah Levoy

Deborah Levoy

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Deeply soulful, edgy, beautiful, powerful vocals and songwriting. Riveting stage presence and some irreverent humor in the mix.

Biography

Recent Quotes and Awards

“She’s blessed with the voice of an angel.”
Brendan Okrent, ASCAP, Sr. Dir. of Repertory

“Exceptional, resonant, and passionate...”
SF Weekly

“Evocative lyrics, powerful images, compelling performance... ”
Derk Richardson, Music Critic, SF

“Her deep, rich vocals will win you over after one listen.”
All Music Guide

“Poetic as hell, raw, visual. I’m a fan.”
Jim Ocean, Musician’s Coffeehouse, CA

“Levoy cleans up at nearly every contest she’s entered, and for good reason. She has a strong, emotive voice, and an eye for turning everyday life ... into high drama in song form.”
The East Bay Express, Oakland, CA

1st Place
Northern California Songwriting Association

1st and 2nd Place
Mid-Atlantic National Songwriting Competition

2nd Place
Unisong International Contest (Rock Category - over 4200 entrants)

1st and 3rd Place
Portland National Songwriting Competition

Deborah Levoy possesses a riveting stage presence that is as irresistible as her luscious voice. She radiates intelligence and a bare-bones intimacy. Her award-winning songs are always stirring and sometimes disturbing, drawing her audience into the lives of ordinary people: a homeless Vietnam vet, a trapeze artist who's falling in love, a woman who murders her abusive boyfriend, and a lonely bride. Levoy has performed solo throughout the West coast and New England. She has recorded two acoustic albums, "You Are All of These" and "Hungry City". She has recently expanded into edgier territory, recording 10 new songs with her band, on her latest album "Something Sacred".

"Levoy cleans up at nearly every contest she's entered, and for good reason. She has a strong, emotive voice, crisp guitar accompaniment, and an eye and ear for taking everyday life situations and creating high drama in song form," writes The East Bay Express (Oakland, CA). "God Watch My Back," Levoy’s raw and rootsy ballad of a woman forced to defend herself against an abusive lover struck a chord with Lilith Fair fans to garner the most votes in the 1999 Lilith Fair National Online Talent Search. Deborah's award-winning song, "Maria" was featured on NYC's Fast Folk Compilation (known for showcasing rising talent including Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega).

Deborah's been invited to perform at the premier showcases in Los Angeles: ASCAP's "Quiet on the Set" and The National Academy of Songwriters' "Acoustic Underground". She's performed at some of the nations' most prestigious music festivals and listening venues (Great American Music Hall, High Sierra Music Festival, Iron Horse Music Hall, Kerrville Folk Festival). She was invited to showcase with her band at the EAT'M Conference in Las Vegas and at the Rockrgrl Conference in Seattle.

In her childhood home of New Jersey Levoy absorbed the diverse influences of Joan Armatrading, Paul Simon, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Billy Cobham, and Sting. She went on to sing in a vocal jazz ensemble, a jazz duo, and a world-beat band during her collegiate years in western Massachusetts. And then she took it up solo, fusing her eclectic tastes into a unique one-woman show that is "exceptional, resonant, and passionate," according to the SF Weekly (San Francisco). She now performs both solo and with her band.

Recent venues:
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
Rockrgrl Music Conference-Seattle, WA
Eat'm Music Conference Mainstage Showcase- Las Vegas, NV
University of Portland, Maine
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Club Passim, Boston, MA
The Bitter End, New York, NY
Sweetwater Saloon, Mill Valley, CA
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
Madison's, Seattle, WA
Cafe Paradiso, Eugene, OR
Willamette Folk Festival, OR
Sine, New York, NY
Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
ASCAP Songwriter Showcase, Los Angeles, CA
Tapestry of Talent, San Jose, CA
Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz, CA
Uncle Calvin’s, Dallas TX
Kerrville Folk Festival, TX

AAA/alternative folk/college radio airplay nationally. See http://www.deborahlevoy.com for more info

Lyrics

Lay Me Down

Written By: Levoy and Coleman

Lay Me Down

It started in New Jersey baby
Felt like a mosquito bite
All swollen and itchy and longing
To scratch everything in sight
Would it be putting it mildly
To say you got under my skin
But they don't make an ointment
For the shape you leave me in
Now I'm feeling dizzy
And I'm moving kind of slow
So

Lay me down upon your bed
Night is out but the sky's still red
This lonely world is far from here
And the cure is so near
So lay me down

I'm sitting up at night
Got the radio on
And it doesn't matter what they're playing
I want you more with every song
I never fall but I’m starting to sway

Lay me down upon your bed
Night is out but the sky's still red
This lonely world is far from here
And the cure is so near
So lay me down

Lay your hands
Say the words
A greater plan
Draws us here


Lay me down upon your bed
Night is out but the sky's still red
This lonely world is far from here
And the cure is so near
So lay me down

God Watch My Back

Written By: Levoy and Coleman

God Watch My Back

He came from Carson City
With a thirst for a new life
He was walking down the highway
I was driving by
But I'm so damn careless
I fell into his lonely eyes
Till his arms were my horizon
His promises stretched for miles
And I fell in love good
And I fell in love hard
But now I need to run
And I need to run far

God watch my back
Cover my tracks
I need your help
To help myself
I did what I done
Cuz his love was killing me

He said I was his river
I made sure that he was right
He drank my kisses in the morning
Swam rolling currents every night
But I didn't give up
I didn't leave his side
Till he'd gotten every drop
Even the tears in my eyes

God watch my back...

Bridge:
The rain poured down. covered the sounds
No one could hear the pain and fear
The first time I knelt. T he next time I prayed
The last time he struck I walked away

God watch my back
Cover my tracks
I need your help
To help myself
I did what I done
Bless my gun
Cuz his love was killing me

You Are All Of These

Written By: Deborah Levoy

You Are All of These

If you were a dance floor of golden wood
On a late, late night, in an empty room
I would take off both my shoes
And slide and glide down the length of you
And I would fly

If you were an ancient quilt, the color of rose
I'd wrap you 'round me and lay down in your folds
And close my eyes and feel your warmth everywhere
And I would dream

You are all, You are all
You are all of these to me
I never thought I’d find a love so sweet
You are all of these, to me

If you were an oak tree, so old and strong
I would climb up in your limbs so long
And I would play a simple song
While you cradled me
and I would sing

If you were warm waters of see through green
I would dive down to your deepest reefs
And find those treasures buried underneath
And they would shine for me
and I would shine

You are all, You are all
You are all of these to me
I never thought I’d find a love so sweet
You are all of these, to me

Discography

Hungry City
You Are All of These
Something Sacred
(available: iTunes, cdbaby.com, harmonyridge.com)

Set List

Mainly originals with some covers. 2 sets (45 min to 1 hr each). Sample covers: Fields of Gold (Sting), Love and Affection (Joan Armatrading), Better Than Anything (jazz standard), Why (Annie Lennox), Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen).