Debra Fotheringham

Debra Fotheringham

 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
SoloFolkAmericana

With a voice that's clear and effortlessly melodic, a guitar style that pivots between fluid fingerstyle and syncopated rhythms, and lyrics that reveal thoughtfulness and intelligence, Debra Fotheringham is a singular talent who never fails to leave her mark on your heart.

Biography

Debra is a singer/songwriter from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has released three studio albums of original folk/roots music, including her self-titled debut album (2007), Time (2010), and The Darkness and the Sun (2017), produced by Scott Wiley (Elliott Smith, Bonnie Raitt). 

She was a finalist at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition in Lyons, CO in 2008 and an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest. She showcased at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN this fall. 

Debra is also a member of the popular Utah-based traditional roots and gospel group, The Lower Lights. Debra's vocals with The Lower Lights were prominently featured in an episode of AMC's period drama, Hell On Wheels. The Lower Lights have released six studio albums.

Debra has been a featured vocalist on three albums from EDM megastar, Kaskade. Most notably, Kaskade's album, Atmosphere, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Album. 

Lyrics

Odd Shaped Pieces

Written By: Debra Fotheringham

You wear your heart out on your sleeve
I keep mine locked away from thieves
You like thrills and you like races
I like calm and quiet spaces
We’re just like that

You and I are odd shaped pieces
the ideal, we ain’t it
But you and I when we’re close together
Honey, we fit

I have my solitude and fears
You have your oil and steel and gears
I like lonesome you like lively
You let go and I hold tightly
We’re just like that

You and I are odd shaped pieces
The ideal, we ain’t it
But you and I when we’re close together
Honey, we fit

We’re such a puzzle now
But we’ make it through
When I fit my hand in yours
I know that we are true

You and I are odd shaped pieces
the ideal, we ain’t it
But you and I when we’re close together
Honey, we fit

Stranger in a Strange Land

Written By: Debra Fotheringham

Four eyes filled with embers
They lock and they’re aflame
No words have filled the silence
No one has said a name

Limbs caress and reach out
Digits, they entwine
They’re touching and enfolding
But none of them are mine

I'm a stranger in a strange land.

Words and body language
Subtleties of speech
I see communication
It’s all just out of reach

I'm a stranger in a strange land.

I whisper words of warmth
But don’t feel the heat
I’d give up anything
to taste the bittersweet

I’m a stranger in a strange land.

Sometimes the Wolf

Written By: Debra Fotheringham

Pure and lovely
like freshly fallen snow
But don’t be fooled sweet child
The earth is dead below

Sweet and wholesome
Like berries bright and red
But don’t be fooled sweet child
One bite and you’ll be dead

Sometimes the wolf looks like a friend
Sometimes your love means nothing in the end

Bow to your betters
They’re truthful and wise
But don’t be fooled sweet child
It’s all a grand disguise

Don’t give up the journey
The journey is the goal
But don’t be fooled sweet child
We’re all just growing old

Sometimes the wolf looks like a friend.
Sometimes your love means nothing in the end.

Sometimes the wolf looks like a friend
Sometimes you give your heart and it’s nothing in the end

Pure and lovely
like freshly fallen now
But don’t be fooled sweet child
They’ll lay you down below

Winter That Will Never Come

Written By: Debra Fotheringham

The cottonwood limbs are bare
Bare bones in the air
The whole world is dressed in shades of brown
And I’m thinking hard about skipping town

The harvest is long since dead
Just empty husks in a garden bed
Trying to find a reason to smile
But I’m telling you now it might be a while

I’m waiting
For a winter that will never come
A spring that won’t be sprung
A summer on the run

My heart is laid open, bare
I would have thought this heart could take me anywhere
But now I see it’s all been a lie
I’ve never been a queen. I’m a pawn just getting by.

I’m waiting
For a winter that will never come
A spring that won’t be sprung
A summer on the run

I’m waiting
for a season to try
to open our eyes
A reason to do more
than get by

Discography

2017 The Darkness and the Sun, produce by Scott Wiley (Bonnie Raitt, Elliott Smith)
2010 Time, produced by Scott Wiley
2007 Debut album, self titled: Debra Fotheringham. Produced by Giles Reaves (Patty Griffin, Chantal Kreviazuk) and Debra Fotheringham
2003 Acoustic Demo: Solo, Acoustic

Compilations:
2013 "How It Is" Atmosphere Kaskade (Ultra Music)

2007 "With Wondering Awe" Mary's Lullaby: Christmas Songs for Bedtime
(Shadow Mountain Records)

2006 "I Feel My Savior's Love" A Child's Prayer: Primary Songs for Bedtime
(Shadow Mountain Records)

2006 "Samba Love" Here and Now DJ Kaskade
(Om Records)

2005 "Learn of Me" Janice Kapp Perry's Parallel Universe
(Hale Yeah Records)

2004 "I Need Thee Every Hour" The R.M. Soundtrack (Hale Yeah Records)

2003 "With Wondering Awe" Singles Ward Christmas (Halestorm Records)