About Deb Seymour
A masterful musical story teller, Deb Seymour's song subjects run the gamut from tango-dancing Martians and miscreant ally cats to celebrating the wisdom of blue-collar women. ("Mama Wears A Hard Hat")
Growing a San Francisco, CA family that loved Broadway show tunes, Deb learned early that you can write a song about almost anything. She started her music playing on piano at age three and then guitar at age 10. In high school, she was a member of the Tea Company, a folk ensemble playing covers and origianals and was quite active in the drama department.
Seymour attended college in Boulder, Colorado, discovered the music scene there, and ended up staying for seven more years after graduation. It was during those years she appeared at Brillig Works Tea Room & Renaissance Now open mics. A true die-hard, it was only a matter of time until she was organizing those open mics
In addition to her own performing, Deb also supported other musicians as a public radio host at KGNU 88.5 FM where she was known as one of the most diverse on-air hosts. Spinning platters for the folk, jazz, classical and rock programs, Deb's own musical style was influenced by all these genres. But her best known on-air persona was "The Blues Lady", anchoring the popular Friday night "Blues Legacy" program where she introduced often over-looked women blues singers into the regular blues jam mixes.
Deb was equally enthused by the soulfulness of her own musical heritage- Irish music. In 1987, she met fellow Irish music lovers Ann Krohn (flute, guitar) and David Rick (cello) and they formed Seventh String Celtic Trio which played in the Denver-Boulder area six years to dedicated fans. However, in between jigs and reels, Deb found herself writing her own songs and she put out her first CD of original material, "MartianTangos" in 1992.
In 1994, Deb decided she needed a change of scene and moved to Seattle,WA ,where she had discovered the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop a few summers prior. She quickly fell in with the Pacific Northwest Folk Scene and formed Twins Before Birth, a trio with guitarists Nick Dallett and Liz Savage and later Deb Seymour & the Debonairs, a musical quartet that raced the Northwest music scene with their tight, three-part harmonies from 2005-2009. Two more CDs ensued, "Cupid's Wheel" in 1999 and "Mama Wears A Hard Hat" in 2011.
Deb is a three-time Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Finalist and also won prestigious Top 5 Award, e 2011 Great American Song Contest -Country Category for her anthem to blue-collar women, "Mama Wears A Hard Hat" .She also received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Song of the Year Contest for that same song. She has three CDs of original music out, and a fourth is on the way in 2018.
When not on stage, Deb participates in electric car shows, is a member of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (for which she is also webmaster) and authors an electric car and zero-waste lifestyle blog called "Deb Goes Green" at www.debgoesgreen.com. She is also recently retired from a twenty-year career in webdesign, giving her more time for music:-)