, It's Time is my current favorite. It never gets old and I just feel good when I listen to it. I think I love everything David Foster gets his hands on. I listen to so many styles of music and I like how this incorporates the big band sound with pop and rock influences all in the same record. Lovely duet with Chris Botti, whose phrasing makes me melt. It's great when you are cleaning the house! And yes, I still clean my own house, LOL!
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."
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."
Your teaching approach:
When I coach any student I focus on lyric phrasing. Vocalists have to stop and think about how they would "say" a phrase before they put it to music. Otherwise, they lose the integrity of the lyric by singing too much.
Your dream band:
I would love to work with Christian McBride. His father played bass on my CD and was amazing.
The Palace Theater in Crossville, TN. It is an old refurbished theater, quaint, with lovely acoustics. It is a jewel in the South.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
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