Debra Arlyn

Debra Arlyn

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

DEBRA ARLYN IS AN AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITER, ASTOUNDING VOCALIST & ACCOMPLISHED PIANO PLAYER. DEBRA DELIVERS A SOULFUL & HONEST LIVE PERFORMANCE, THAT NEVER CEASES TO CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES.

Biography

"DEBRA ARLYN, Portland Music Awards “Best Female Artist of the Year”, continues to gain industry acclaim and success as one of Portland’s most established independent artists. The presence and soulfulness of Debra’s incredible voice combioned with her award-winning songwriting, sets her apart from other female artists, and leaves listeners wondering how such a mature soul singer comes out of a young girl."

Debra's Career Awards:

*1ST PLACE WINNER in the 'SONG OF THE YEAR CONTEST' for unreleased song 'Hush'.

*FINALIST in 'UNISONG INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST' for song 'Worth The Wait'.

* 'Honorable Mention' in the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST, for song 'New Favorite Song'.

* WINNER of 'OUTSTANDING ACHEIVMENT IN SONGWRITING' for song 'New Favorite Song' in the 10TH Annual 'GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITING CONTEST'.

* 'Honorable Mention' in the 'BILLBOARD WORLD SONGWRITING CONTEST' for song 'Let It Go'.

* WINNER of the 'SINGER/SONGWRITER AWARD' for single 'Fine'.

*'BEST FEMALE ARTIST' WINNER from the '08 Portland Music Awards.

*'VOCALIST OF THE MONTH' Award from 'Singer Universe Magazine'.

* Wrote & Recorded entire soundtrack for documentary 'CLEAR-CUT', which premiered at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

* Won 'OREGON IDOL' Contest and competed for 'AMERICAN IDOL' TV show.

* Songs placed in CW TV Show 'Related', written & produced by Marta Kauffman (of 'Friends' fame).

*Song placed in the E! TV Show 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

* Listed among the 'TOP 100 UNSIGNED ARTISTS' in LA'S MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE.

Debra has showcased at these National Conventions:

*NACA WEST (Reno)
*NEMO (Boston)
*NARM (San Diego)
*WFA (San Diego)
*WINERY MUSIC AWARDS (San Luis Abisbo)

Debra has performed at these Music Festivals & Fairs:

*Bite of Oregon
*Taste of Tacoma
*Bite of Seattle
*Oregon State Fair
*Willamette Valley Music Festival
*Music on the Green
*Benton Co. Fair
*Lane Co. Fair
*Clackamas Co. Fair
*Clear-Water Casino Summer Concert Series
*Lake Oswego Concert Series
*Jackson Co. Fair
and many more...

Debra Has Performed at these Colleges:

*Olympic College
*Lewis & Clark College
*University of Nevada - Reno
*Redlands University
*Treasure Valley Community College
*Idaho State University
*Eastern Oregon University
*Western Oregon University
*Willamette University
*Central Washington University
*Gonzaga University
*Spokane Falls Community College
*Evergreen Community College
*Peninsula College
*Oregon State University
*Klamath Falls Community College
*University of Idaho
*Portland State University
*Wyoming University
*Eastern Washington University
*Yakima Community College
and many more...

Biography:

DEBRA ARLYN, Portland Music Awards “Best Female Artist of the Year”, continues to gain industry success as 'Portland's finest young pop singers..." says the Willamette Week. For the past 3 years, Debra has captivated audiences at colleges, major music festivals, and popular music venues. Performance highlights include mainstage shows at the Portland Waterfront BluesFest, both The Bite of Seattle and Bite of Oregon Festivals, and opening for Tower of Power, Chris Isaak, Curtis Salgado & Epic artist Lenka.

Debra's songwriting talent has won her top prizes in the John-Lennon Songwriting Contest, Billboard’s World Songwriting Contest, The Great American Song Contest, Unisong International Song Contest, The Singer/Songwriter Awards, Winery Music Awards and being listed on the annual ‘Top Hot Unsigned Artists’ from LA’s Music Connection Magazine . Her music was in the film ‘ClearCut’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel, and on TV shows including the CW TV show ‘Related’and 'Keeping up with Kardashians ' on the E! Network.

With a strong presence on the West Coast via college radio, Oregon Hot Ac radio, national magazine reviews and thousands of fans though Facebook, iLike & Myspace - Debra’s music is far out-reaching her homegrown grasp. Though only 23, Debra has come a long way since winning Clear-channels ‘Oregon Idol’ contest and competing for the ‘American Idol’ TV show. It is clear Debra has something significant to offer the music world as a musician, songwriter, and performer.

Lyrics

Let It Go

Written By: Debra Arlyn

The change in the weather
Is affecting me deeper, this year
It’s another reminder that time is passing by
Am I doing the right things?
Pursuing the right dreams?
I’ll go for a drive
As I take in the scenery, look up at changing leaves
It’s then I decide

Chorus:
Let it go, out the window
Just let it flow, out of my mind
Because I’ll never know, exactly what’s in store
So the best thing for sure is
Let it go

There’s a price that you pay
For deciding not to take the common way
I’ve always liked being different, but this is the difference
I never liked to fail
But they’re people I meet who are so much like me
They end up just fine
So I fill up my chest with another deep breath
And close my eyes

Bridge:
The hardest thing for me to take is,
When things don’t move at my pace
And the uncertainty of just where I’ll be
A couple of years from today
But I’m tired of the racing in my mind
So I’ll leave it all behind

Why Can't We Start Over?

Written By: Debra Arlyn

What is it about you babe,
That attracts me like a moth to the flame?
And why do I get chills up and down my spine,
At the mention of your name?

Pre-Chorus:
I want you babe
And I need you babe
There’s just no way around it
And this leads me to the questioning
Why did we let go of what we had?
Tell me

Chorus:
Why can’t we start all over?
Tell me why can’t we start all over?
Because we used to really dig each other
So tell me why can’t we start all over?

Repeat Pre-chorus
Repeat chorus

Fine

Written By: Debra Arlyn

I got used to you
but that was all my fault.
I should've been more careful,
I let down my gaurd.
I was in love with you.
But that was all your fault.
There's nobody like you,
they'll never be again.

Chorus:
Some days are good and some days are bad.
Sometime's I wake up and I'm not that sad.
Some nights are better and some nights are worse.
Sometimes I'm blinded by all of this hurt,
but I'll be FINE.

I have a new routine.
I like the old one more still,
this void in my life's getting harder to fill.
All of our memories, and the things that we shared.
Seems like a waste of time, cuz they got us nowhere.

Repeat Chorus:

Bridge:
We used to talk to eachother everyday, the last time you called I didnt know what to say.
I guess that shows how much has changed between us.
It feels like i was just filler till you found something better.
But don't think I'm wasting time, cuz I'm gonna be Fine.

Say Goodbye

Written By: Debra Arlyn

SAY GOODBYE

its 10pm
im driving home again
on the same old streets
in the same old city

i've lived here all my life
i know where everything is
which is nice
but ive seen the change
when they turn out the lights

the restlessness
is visible in the darkness
not on the face of someone else
but in myself

CHORUS:
When will i?
Get to say goodbye?
when will i?
get to say goodbye?
i want to take the next step
and never look back
when will i?
say goodbye?

there are broken dreams
all around me
dont want to be in that scene
of complacency

but i have my job
and i have my car
i just cant seem to drive
past this city's skyline

CHORUS:

BRIDGE:
there is an anchor at my feet
keeping me in town
but if this city was a sea
i would surely drown

CHORUS:

New Favorite

Written By: Debra Arlyn & Steve Sundholm

i heard that your still angry
you've been blaming me for all that went wrong
i knew you'd tell your story
before too long
were you too afraid to face me?
you had to hide your feelings in a song
you thought you'd get the best of me
but i've moved on, moved on

my friends kept saying that you wrote me a song
they thought it might be hard for em to hear
but it was candy to my ears
the chorus said that you had finally moved on
and your melody was catching me
its my New Favorite song.

its my new favorite, new favorite

did you think that you could hurt me?
did you expect me to react so strong?
well i find it kinda funny, that you were wrong.
you were wrong

how does it feel to know?
that i'll write a song of my own?
and ill expose all the things
that you did to me
and how it could be
that i just dont care anymore...

Forever

Written By: Debra Arlyn

There's no question, I'd go crazy without your touch.
And no doubt in my mind, that to all your faults, I turn a blind eye.
And when I say I want to be with you forever, I hope that's not asking too much.
Because the love like the love we share, there's nothing that compares.
And it leaves me feeling truly inspired.
And baby wherever you go, I'll be right there by your side.

Chorus:
Your love, your love is all I need
Your love, your love is all I need
And when I promise your FOREVER
FOREVER'S what I mean

Though your not my first, I know you'll be my last
Baby your my one and only.
I'm gonna work so hard, to make sure that this lasts.
I want all of you, if you will give it to me
And where ever you go, I'll be right there by your side

Bridge:
As for the hard times, I'm well aware that we'll have our share
But you and I both agree that our love can conquer anything.
We grow closer every day.

Tell Me Now

Written By: Debra Arlyn

I cant ignore the voices.
They tell me you've been making some real bad choices.
They say, you're making me a fool.
Tell me to my face, darling, is this true?

Maybe I'm losing my mind.
Maybe I didnt read the signs
Cuz I thought everything was fine.
Would you tell me if I'm wrong?
Don't leave me hanging on...

Tell me now
Tell me now
And I'll get over you somehow
Just tell me, if this show is over
Then I'll take my final bow
But please, tell me now

I'd hate to be the last to know
It hurts me deep inside to think you've been putting on a show
I refuse to believe
You'd be so willing to deceive me
I never thought that you would stoop so low

Maybe I'm losing my mind
Maybe I didnt read the signs
Cuz baby I thought we were better than fine
Would you tell me if I'm wrong
Don't leave me hanging on

If it's all true, then you've been wasting my time
She cant' be yours, you can't be hers while you still are mine
Never thought Id say it, but you gotta be cruel to be kind
Would you tell me if I'm wrong?
Don't leave me hanging on

Tell me now
Tell me now
And I'll get over you somehow
Tell me, if this show is over, then I'll take me final bow
But please, Tell me now.

Worth The Wait

Written By: Debra Arlyn

I never knew
Things could be so good
After all the sadness I encountered
My only wish
And it seems so selfish
I wish that you had found me sooner

Got me thinkin' maybe
All me days wouldn't have been so crazy
All that bad stuff wouldn't have fazed me
If I had had you by my side
But don't get me wrong baby
Please don't think that I'm complaining
It's just another way of saying
That you were a treasure I had to find

You took my hand
Everything changed, baby you came
Not a moment too late
You were worth the wait, worth the wait
Nobody else can bring me to faith
Baby you came not a moment too late.
You were worth the wait

I wasn't sure
Since I've had to endure
Relationships when we were in it for all the wrong reasons
But maybe all the people had to be shady
So that you could come amaze me
And show me what I'd been waiting for

You took my hand
Everyhting changed, baby you came
Not a moment to late
You were worth the wait, worth the wait
Nobody else can bring me to faith
Baby you came not a moment too late.
You were worth the wait

You were worth the wait

Get Ready

Written By: Debra Arlyn

Let me get that for you
You just sit back and unwind
I'm on a mission to prove
That Im whats missin' in your life

You've been so hesitant to let me in
Cuz you know I'll turn your whole world upside down

Get Ready for me
I'm the one who can do it better
Get Ready for me
If you let me show you how
Get Ready for me
We can make this last forever
Oh the rest of your life begins now
So Get Ready

What ya doing to me?
You've got me runnin' around in circles
But don't think that Im worried
Just one taste and you'll know that I'm worth more

You've been so hesitant to let me in
Cuz you know I'll turn your whole world upside down

Get Ready for me
I'm the one who can do it better
Get Ready for me
If you let me show you how
Get Ready for me
We can make this last forever
Oh the rest of your life begins now
So Get Ready

You don't have to search your mind to find
Another lady more qualified
I got everything you want
Let me show you how
Take it for a test drive and I know you'll be sold
It's in with the new and out with the old Boy
Forget what you thought you knew up till now

And Get Ready...

Never Wrong

Written By: Debra Arlyn

Your words were thrown at me
Like sticks and stones
They cut through my muscle
Broke all my bones

I wanted to get back to you
Wanted you to hurt like I hurt
What good would that do?
Just another broken heart in this world
Then I learned...

It's never wrong to choose love
Never wrong to forgive someone's mistakes
Put yourself in their place
It's never wrong leave the past alone
And take the higher ground
It's easier said than done
But Its Never Wrong

Don't get me wrong now
I'll never trust you again
Just because I forgive you
Doesn't mean that I'll forget

I wanted to get back to you
Wanted you to hurt like I hurt
What good would that do?
Just another broken heart in this world
Then I learned...

It's never wrong to choose love
Never wrong to forgive someone's mistakes
Put yourself in their place
It's never wrong leave the past alone
And take the higher ground
It's easier said than done
But Its Never Wrong

How can I ask to be forgiven?
If I have not first lived it or gived it
We all make mistakes
Regret things that we say
But at the end of the day..

Tell Me Now

Written By: Debra Arlyn

I cant ignore the voices.
They tell me you've been making some real bad choices.
They say, you're making me a fool.
Tell me to my face, darling, is this true?

Maybe I'm losing my mind.
Maybe I didnt read the signs
Cuz I thought everything was fine.
Would you tell me if I'm wrong?
Don't leave me hanging on...

Tell me now
Tell me now
And I'll get over you somehow
Just tell me, if this show is over
Then I'll take my final bow
But please, tell me now

I'd hate to be the last to know
It hurts me deep inside to think you've been putting on a show
I refuse to believe
You'd be so willing to deceive me
I never thought that you would stoop so low

Maybe I'm losing my mind
Maybe I didnt read the signs
Cuz baby I thought we were better than fine
Would you tell me if I'm wrong
Don't leave me hanging on

If it's all true, then you've been wasting my time
She cant' be yours, you can't be hers while you still are mine
Never thought Id say it, but you gotta be cruel to be kind
Would you tell me if I'm wrong?
Don't leave me hanging on

Tell me now
Tell me now
And I'll get over you somehow
Tell me, if this show is over, then I'll take me final bow
But please, Tell me now.

Discography

"The Get Ready EP" - 2009
-Singles:
- "Get Ready"
- "Never Wrong"

"Tomorrow Another Day" LP - 2008
- Singles:
- 'Forever'
- 'Tell Me Now'
- 'New Favorite Song'

"Complicated Mess" LP - 2006
- Singles:
- Let It Go
- Fine

"Thinking Out Loud" LP - 2005
- Singles:
- Dance With Me
- I Love You

Set List

60 origional songs.