Debbie Gibson
American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress
Debbie Gibson
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. In 1988 she was pronounced the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song "Foolish Beat" and she remains the youngest female to write, record, and perform a #1 single. She has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals, as well as independent film and television work.
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Tiffany Discusses her Latest Tour, Debbie Gibson and Professional Wrestling
Huffington Post - 5 months
Photo Credit: Ron Davis Tiffany made a triumphant return to New York City on September 7th at the Gramercy Theatre and left the audience amazed with her talent and ability. Being one of the greatest divas to find success in the 1980s, the "I Think We're Alone Now" singer was excited to return to the city that never sleeps for her "A Million Miles" tour. "Tonight was really good. The show was awesome," she said. She continued, "Hearing everyone sing with me on songs like 'Hold An Old Friends Hand.' Every show has been different. Somebody might scream out 'Johnny's Got The Inside Moves'. We try our best. 28 years of music is hard to fit into 90 minutes. So I picked out the highlights that I thought showed off all the old albums and of course putting a focus on the new album as well. I also got to do the old school stuff too. And if I need to change it up a little bit? I do. My poor band is always on the fly. It's fun and that's what makes it spontaneous. No one has go ...
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Debbie Gibson performs 'Only in My Dreams'
Fox News - 6 months
'80s pop star performs
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Silence Speaks? A Silent Film "Strike" as The Word Recapture Their "Soul"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It's like Debbie Gibson used to say "Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words)." It's so true, and that segues quite nicely into today's A-Sides sessions - well, sort of anyway. Our two featured acts today couldn't be any different. A Silent Film are young veterans in alt-rock that have been releasing one solid anthemic track after another since they dropped their 2009 hit single "You Will Leave a Mark." The second act, and by the way in no way is this in order of quality, is gospel-jazz supergroup The Words, which consists iconic artists Robert Randolph, John Medeski ,and the North Mississippi All-Stars. Don't call it a comeback? Well, not. Call it a comeback - this powerful band returned after quite a hiatus. Anyway, watch the "Silent" and the "Words" below, all the while, fully realizing what a stretch my first sentence was. In many ways, A Silent Film have rebooted a bit. For starters, the band now consists of just two founding members - Robert Stevenson and Spencer Walker - and for - wh ...
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How A Fluffy Tutu Helped Me Find My Magic Again
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
A few years ago I started noticing this trend in fashion blogging -- tutus. Blame it on SJP and Sex and the City if you will, but tutus were suddenly everywhere. Petite girls, plus size girls, women of all shapes and colors were donning fluffy skirts and posing for pictures on rooftops, desert roads, beaches and urban city streets. Oh look, another tutu pic... Cut to the present. I was deep in the throes of a stream of crappy dates -- feeling blue and lackluster. I'd sought solace at the bottom of many containers of Haagen Dazs Limited Edition Peanut Butter Pie. I had exasperated all my Back Up Guys via text and watched Sleepless in Seattle for the third time when I came to the conclusion of the cold, hard truth -- if I wanted to get My Magic back, I was going to have to get it myself. And that's when the idea pinged over my head like a cartoon lightbulb: I wanted a tutu. What would I do with one? Where would I wear it? How on earth did buying one make sense? I threw away e ...
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Lights Festival 2013 Kicks Off Chicago Holiday Season On Mag Mile
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Officials are anticipating more than a million people in attendance for the the 2013 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival when it kicks off the holiday season off in downtown Chicago Saturday. Amid chilly daytime weather, festivities started at 11 a.m. with the parade is set to step off at 5:30 p.m. according to ABC Chicago. The parade heads south on Michigan Avenue from Oak Street until it hits Wacker Drive. As ABC notes, the bulk of the festivities will take place before the parade kicks off, with the entire celebration culminating in a fireworks display over the Chicago River at 6:55 p.m. Grand marshalled by Micky and Minnie Mouse, celebrity appearances for the event include Debbie Gibson, Megan Nicole and actor Mario Lopez, the latter of whom will host "Largest Holiday Carol" singalong starting at 5 p.m., according to NBC Chicago. The event also includes a performance from the Coal City High School show choir, one of the central Illinois towns hit hard by last week's tornado ...
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Debbie Gibson Rocks NBA Game in Sparkly, Plunging Leotard
US Magazine - over 3 years
Still got it! Former teen idol Debbie Gibson looked sexier than ever as she rocked the New York Knicks game on Thursday, Nov. 14 in NYC. PHOTOS: Buzzed-about celebrity bodies The singer, 42, flaunted her fierce physique in a sparkly, revealing leotard with a plunging neckline and T-strap shoes during her Madison Square Garden performance. The singer confidently held the microphone as her lean, long legs walked across the court. Gibson, who paired her sequined look with an elaborate pair of earrings, captivated the basketball crowd as her trademark, blonde locks flowed from her pretty face. PHOTOS: Unlikely celebrity couples The former Celebrity Apprentice star, who suffered from acid reflux and relied on anti-anxiety meds in the past, shared in 2012 how her diet choices and lack of sleep were affecting her overall well-being. "I was constantly going to the doctor," she confessed. "I finally realized my food choices were affecting my health." PHOTOS: Celebrity health scar ...
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18 Totally Random Things I Only Know Because I'm a Gen Xer
Huffington Post - over 3 years
About a week ago, I turned 40 ... I was telling a friend that I'd totally trade in my Gen X status for that of a 30-year-old hipster who wears black-rimmed glasses for statement, not vision, purposes. That way, I wouldn't have to admit that I spent most Saturday nights of my childhood hoping beyond hope that Charo would be the surprise guest on The Love Boat or that somehow, Shari and Lambchop would find themselves in an eerie episode of Fantasy Island where Shari was the puppet. (What, I'm the only one who wished for that story line? I think not.) No, I wouldn't know a ton of things about pop culture, big hair or bad TV had I not been a poster child for Generation X. Things like this: 1. I wouldn't recall the Facts of Life before Edna's Edibles burned down and Cloris Leachman took over. I'd say, "Who's Mrs. Garrett?" and "Tootie on roller-skates, really? I don't think so." 2. I wouldn't know what it would be like to get up to change the channel on the television set or how to a ...
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Jon Chattman: A-Sides Aside: 100 Songs From The Last 25 Years That STILL Fly Under The Radar
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In 1999, my then-girlfriend (now wife), friend and his girlfriend, and single bud went to see The Matrix. With all the buzz surrounding it, we were all pretty pumped to check it out. Little did I know, the cult classic would end a friendship of mine before the night was over. I'll explain the lunacy...um...now. My girlfriend, friend and his girlfriend, and I just didn't like the movie. We all appreciated the groundbreaking effects and story, but found the delivery less satisfying. When we all informed my single friend about this, he lashed out at us. "You don't know art," he shouted before bolting the theatre exit doors and slamming them in our faces. From there, he went into a full wind up and threw a near-full bag of his candy at us and ran. This is all a true story. None of this is fabricated. I chased him down after that, took him by the shoulders, and asked what was wrong with him. He said "leave me alone," and drove off. That was the last time I saw him, and just like ...
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Debbie Gibson: Today's teen stars way sexier, way sooner
Fox News - over 3 years
Two decades ago, child stars and teen idols still looked and dressed pretty much like normal kids. They had braces, frizzy hair, freckles that weren’t airbrushed over, and clothes that did not resemble red carpet outfits.
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Video : SyFy plans shark marathon for 'Sharknado'
LATimes - over 3 years
Next week, SyFy has plans to premiere its latest TV movie, and the title really says it all: "Sharknado." In case that title wasn't clear enough, here's a bit of an explanation: sharks. In a tornado. Attacking people on the streets of Los Angeles. It's a tornado of sharks! A ... sharknado! In case this premise needed to become any more enticing to lure viewers, the film stars Tara Reid and "Beverly Hills 90210" star-turned-Las Vegas Chippendales dancer Ian Ziering. Not sold yet? Then how about this: SyFy plans to premiere the film as part of a day-long marathon of shark-related programming, reminding us all that "Sharknado" isn't the only patently absurd shark-related movie the cable outlet has presented to us, the shark-loving public. Who can forget "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus," starring former teen pop star Debbie Gibson? Or "Swamp Shark?" or the similarly titled "Sharktopus? (featuring a creature that's part-shark, part-octopus). Discovery Channel can have its "Shark Week ...
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Red Carpet Confidential: The Party Grows Up
Ok Magazine - almost 4 years
Mouseketeers no more! Damon Pampolina kicks off The Party’s Stage It gathering Thursday by reading a passage from Fifty Shades of Grey. The group’s resident heartthrob gears up for the erotic presentation this week when I join the male contingent— Damon, Albert “Jeune” Fields and Chasen Hampton, all 38—for a day at Studio D Recording inside Lava Room in Cleveland. (Deedee Magno arrives one day later.) Well, that’s one way for the gang to prove they’re all grown up now more than two decades after they met while starring on the same Mickey Mouse Club that launched the careers of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. OK! GALLERY: SEE PHOTOS OF THE PARTY, BRITNEY SPEARS, *NSYNC, VANILLA ICE, DEBBIE GIBSON AND MORE IN THE VALERIE GALLERY Still, The Party was first. The pop group went from the Disney Channel to the music charts in 1990 with Summer Vacation, ultimately releasing five albums, and touring with the likes of Vanilla Ice, T ...
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Sarah Kennedy: Finding the Perfect Boyfriend... Jeans
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Boyfriend jeans are back after a couple of years on fashion's sidelines. Currently grappling with skinnies for dominance, boyfriends can be much sexier -- see Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani for hot examples. But be warned, the perfect boyfriend, like it's real-life namesake, is tricky to weed out. For the desired sexy vibe, boyfriend jeans should be loose but fitted across the hips, narrow and tapered in the leg, rolled at the hem to no more than an inch above the ankle. Size is everything with new boyfriends, length and breadth must also be right. Too short and the effect is more Newsies than Gwen or Gwynnie. Too tight on the thigh and we are talking Miss Bodybuilder USA. There is nothing wrong with either of those looks, by the way, they are just not what the aesthete is aiming for in a boyfriend jean. While "destroyed" -- the fashion word for beaten-up -- rocks for weekends, too ripped can look a bit Lil Wayne. Darker versions work better for town or office, but they n ...
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American Musical Trash Is Japanese Treasure
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
Japanese record-shop owners head to a San Francisco LP fair to find music that may be considered passe' in the U.S., but is highly sought in Japan. Paula Abdul, Debbie Gibson, and Spandau Ballet are some of the artists who vinyl and CD collectors are looking for. WSJ's Neil Shah reports from San Francisco.
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Kayley Kravitz: Why I'm Glad I Grew Up With the Spice Girls
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Every generation has its female teen idols. Girls of the 1960s had groups like The Supremes and The Ronettes. In the '80s, girls had Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Those of us who grew up in the '90s had the Spice Girls. Their reunion at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony was the perfect mix of excitement, fun and nostalgia. No matter how old I get, I'll always love the Spice Girls and am thankful that I grew up under their influence. Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh hit the scene in 1996. "Wannabe" was a smash single and the girls quickly achieved international stardom. They went on world tours, starred in their own movie and even had a line of dolls created in their image. The inevitable stress of such success prompted Ginger's departure from the group in 1998. The remaining four Spices continued making music but ultimately split in 2000. In 2007, the girls put aside their differences and announced a reunion tour. The '90s were certainly over but Spicemania was not. A ...
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Friday Riffs: What’s your favorite song this summer?
ajc - over 4 years
So the first day of fall is more than a month away. But if the temperature doesn’t hit 90 and a football is being passed in the Georgia Dome, then my end-of-summer countdown is ticking. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.Summer inevitably births a handful of sudsy pop anthems, some classy (Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” in 2003) and some not (Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” in 2009…but hey, it’s still fun). Or how about Debbie Gibson’s 1989 debut, “Only in My Dreams”? No one saw Ruthless “Celebrity Apprentice” Diva in her future back when she was all about cropped T-shirts and perky haircuts, right? And then we have all of those timeless summer songs that have to be celebrated during the season because their titles dictate as much — “Summer Nights,” “Summer in the City,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Cruel Summer,” “Endless Summer Nights,” “Summer of ’69,” …
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'Rock Of Ages': Behind The Star-Studded Cameos
MTV News - over 4 years
Director Adam Shankman explains how '80s icons like Sebastian Bach and Debbie Gibson ended up in the movie musical. By Amy Wilkinson Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta in "Rock of Ages" Photo: The '80s are alive and well in director Adam Shankman's movie musical "Rock of Ages," which shimmied into theaters Friday (June 15). Based on the hit Broadway production of the same name, the flick follows would-be musician Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) as he falls for new-in-town Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and lands his big break opening for rock legend Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) at the famed Bourbon Room. The soundtrack is stuffed with the era's biggest hits like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Don't Stop Believin' " and "I Want to ...
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Def Leppard talk hair metal, Rock of Ages and Tom Cruise
Ciniplex - over 4 years
Def Leppard has no shame. When it comes to riding the fur-covered, animal print-lined coattails of Rock of Ages, the big-screen musical opening Friday about love and hair bands in the 1980s, the group isn't shying away from commandeering some of the film's spotlight to remind everyone they're still around, and they're still rockin'. Rock of Ages was, after all, the title of a Def Leppard hit long before it was a Broadway musical. The British band - lead singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell - re-recorded two of their songs that appear in the film, and they're teaming up with Poison and Lita Ford for a summer tour kicking off June 20 in Salt Lake City. "The movie helps a lot without the momentum of something like a new album," said Elliott during a break from rehearsing for the tour, which they're not-so-subtly calling the "Rock of Ages" tour. In the movie, Tom Cruise's out-there rocker Stacee Jaxx performs a ...
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‘American Idol’ Alum Hailey Reinhart on Her Debut Album: ‘It’s Sultry’
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Hailey Reinhart may not have won season 10 of American Idol, but her third-place finish, memorable performances, and celebrity fans all but ensured her continued success. Her debut album Listen Up! hits stores today— you can order it now here— and is a solid step into solo stardom with its mix of infectious, summer-ready tunes, soulful melodies, and artistic riffs. Is Jennifer Lopez Leaving American Idol? “It’s sultry and stretches between several different genres,” Reinhart, 21, told Parade.com. “It’s R&B, funk, and rock. It’s real-life experiences and I wanted to take people on a journey.” Top 10 Most Successful American Idol Contestants Read on for more on what to expect from her freshman effort. On being hands-on. “I wanted to create an album that I was a part of and could define me as the artist I’ve always wanted to be. I want people to be able to relate to it. I want it to have me written all over it. I was really lucky enough and adamant about the writing p ...
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'Celebrity Apprentice': Clay Aiken is a finalist -- again.
News Observer - almost 5 years
Hallelujah! In the first five minutes of tonight's "Celebrity Apprentice," Donald Trump fired the insufferably bratty Aubrey O'Day. Yes!! Not only did that mean Aubrey couldn't possibly win the competition, it meant Clay Aiken was a finalist -- against his pal Arsenio Hall. "I'm having a little deja vu," Clay said, referencing the 2003 season of "American Idol" when he was a finalist on that show with Ruben Studdard. Arsenio joked that he's "not that heavy." Trump asked Clay if "Celebrity Apprentice" was harder than "American Idol." "Oh, it's so much harder than American Idol," Clay answered. Then Trump dismissed the finalists and on the way out, Arsenio hugged Clay and said "I'm getting in your ass!" Clay: "You might want to re-phrase that." Arsenio busted up and started yelling, "It was a colloquialism that was misunderstood!" Outside the boardroom, the two shared a big hug and reflected on when they first met at the competition, with Arsenio giving his best Southern rendit ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Debbie Gibson
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In 2016, she appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, where she spoke out about her drug use in the past, after the death of singer Prince.
    More Details Hide Details “I really feel like I haven’t fully articulated it till now and really spoke candidly till now… When I heard the news about Prince and the fact that it might have been prescription drug-related, I really had a moment of, like, ‘That’s awful and that’s sad — and I can relate,’” she explained. “And, unfortunately, 90 percent of the entertainment community can relate.” Debbie said she had her own drug cocktail of choice when she was on the road. “I remember being on the road at, like, 25, touring with theater and doing my own cocktail of Tylenol PM and Xanax. It’s like, ‘Oh, I found a way to make the Xanax last longer with the Tylenol PM,’” she said. “I mean, it’s as simple as that, and that is how performers get in so much trouble”. Film
    On August 27, 2016, Gibson will star in an original Hallmark Channel film, Summer of Dreams, about a former pop star, trying to make a comeback, who finds herself better suited as a school's choir director.
    More Details Hide Details She also recorded a song, titled "Wonderland", for the film.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    Gibson was fired on April 1, 2012 in the seventh task because she had brought in the least amount of money between her teammates in the boardroom, Dayana Mendoza and Teresa Giudice.
    More Details Hide Details While both Mendoza and Giudice were arguably weaker candidates going forward, given that Mendoza was cited as the women's weakest link and Giudice had failed the task as project manager, Gibson was fired instead. Over the years, Gibson has been the target of stalkers. Robert Bardo, who was convicted for murdering actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989, had a wall in his house adorned with pictures of Gibson and Tiffany. In May 1998, Michael Falkner, a disgruntled fan from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was arrested outside Manhattan's Palace Theater, where Gibson was performing in the live musical adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This was after Gibson received threatening letters, emails and faxes from Falkner, who used the alias 'Starcade'. In 2008, Gibson filed for a restraining order against Spanish taxi driver Jorge Puigdollers, who had stalked her since 2002. However, a temporary restraining order was not issued by the court, and a court date was set to determine if a restraining order was appropriate in the matter. The proceeding was dismissed when Gibson failed to show up at the courthouse for the hearing to present her case.
    Gibson competed on the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, which began airing on February 19, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On the fourth task, she won $50,000 for her charity, Children International.
    Gibson made a cameo appearance in the 2012 film Rock of Ages in the ("We're Not Gonna Take It"/"We Built This City") face-off.
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  • 2011
    Age 40
    In June 2011, Gibson appeared in Katy Perry's music video "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" alongside several other guest stars.
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    On April 18, 2011, Gibson confirmed via Twitter that she will be touring with fellow 1980s pop princess Tiffany during the summer of 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Tiffany also made the announcement via the New York Post.
    Gibson and Tiffany starred in a Syfy original movie entitled Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, aired on January 29, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The pairing was suggested by Tiffany, who wanted to play off their supposed rivalry.
    In January 2011, Gibson wrote, performed and produced the song "Snake Charmer" for the film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid which is available on iTunes.
    More Details Hide Details Also clips of "Rise", "Cougar", and "Don't Wake Me" are available on her official site after the site was revamped.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    She performed as Mother Nature in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at Foxwoods/MGM Casino from July 27 to September 1, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, the album Ms. Vocalist, from Sony Japan was Top 10 on the Japanese Billboard chart and the first single from the album, "I Love You", hit No. 1.
    Her song "Rise", from the forthcoming documentary 3 Billion and Counting, was included on the short list for an Academy Award for Best Song in a Film in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In the summer of 2011, she released Rise on iTunes, and also performed it on Good Morning America in New York.
    Gibson announced in November 2010 that she would be doing an "DG Live From the Living Room" on "Stageit.com on December 1, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details This concert sold out. Here is the setlist she performed: "Heart Of The Matter" by Don Henley, Rich Girl, I dreamed a dream, Coming home, medley of: Another Brick Falls, Deep Down, Helplessly in Love, We Could Be Together, "The Rose", "You don't have to see" and brief news about upcoming album 2011 -(as of December 2011 no album), then concluded the encore with "Silent Night"
    The first official music video from the new album is "I Love You" which was released on Gibson Official YouTube site on October 19, 2010.
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    It was announced on her official website that "I Love You", the first single from her 2010 album Ms Vocalist, reached No. 1 on the international cable radio charts for the week of November 3.
    More Details Hide Details Debbie covered J-Pop tunes for the Ms Vocalist album that were originally sung by Japanese artists like Chage and Aska (Say Yes), Yutaka Ozaki (I love you), Sekaiju no Dareyori Kitto (by Miho Nakayama & WANDS) among others, plus Japanese/English version of her number-one hit "Lost in Your Eyes" and a duet with Eric Martin.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    She performed with Samantha Fox, Tiffany, & Rick Astley at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada on April 10, 2009.
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    Gibson gave a sneak peek of a new song on June 5, 2009 through her YouTube video blog uploaded herself.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2010, an unofficial clip "Cougar" was uploaded on YouTube. She also became a spokesperson for Murad's Resurgence Skin Care and plays piano and sings a line of the song called "Cougar"
    Released on her official website and reverberation, the song was released first on March 9, 2009, then the video on March 13, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The song was written by Gibson and produced by Fred Coury. It was accompanied by a music video produced by Guy Birtwhistle and directed by John Knowles, which starred Birtwhistle, Gibson, and Steve Valentine.
    On March 5, 2009, Gibson announced via YouTube video blog that she would be releasing a new song/video called "Already Gone".
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  • 2008
    Age 37
    Gibson starred as Anna Leonowens in Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King and I which began October 17, 2008 in the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and ran through October 26.
    More Details Hide Details Gibson co-hosted Nickelodeon's first Kids' Choice Awards in 1988, alongside Tony Danza, Brian Robbins, and Dan Schneider. On January 6, 2008, Gibson appeared on Deal or No Deal along with Corey Feldman as part of a 1980s special. Gibson co-starred with actor Lorenzo Lamas in the low-budget action/adventure film Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus, produced by The Asylum and released on May 19, 2009. The film drew in 2 million viewers on Syfy in 2009. Its trailer became a viral hit, scoring over one million hits on MTV.com and YouTube. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Gibson's former music rival Tiffany had her film Necrosis (a.k.a. Blood Snow) premiere at the Cannes as well.
    She is the founder and creator of Camp Electric Youth, a children's summer day camp which ran from July 7–18, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It claims to be the first camp of its kind in the Los Angeles area. The camp was reportedly attended by "over 120 talented singers, actors and dancers" from around the world. Gibson was a judge for the online talent competition, Total Pop Star, along with Andrew Van Slee (producer and judge), and Joey Lawrence (from Blossom). The first season ran from Nov 12, 2007 – May 30, 2008, though it was later extended to June. The show ended abruptly during the 2nd season.
    She later appeared on the April 2008 cover of Lavender Magazine (a GLBT magazine in Minnesota) and was interviewed about her career and upcoming projects.
    More Details Hide Details Then on the 24th, Gibson hosted and performed on Spotlightlive 80's Karaoke Experience in New York singing songs such as "Only in My Dreams", "Out of the Blue", "Love Shack" (an original hit for the B-52's) and "9 to 5".
    In January 2008, Gibson announced that she would revive and perform her 1980s hits—along with her Broadway role songs—during a three-run week in May 2008 at Harrah's in Atlantic City.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    In September 2007, Gibson considered creating a camp on the West Coast.
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    On August 24, 2007, Gibson and Frankie Avalon hosted Time Life Presents Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary Collection.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    On November 14, 2006, Gibson released the song "Famous" on her official website.
    More Details Hide Details The song was written by Gibson and Tiziano Lugli, and the recording was produced by Lugli. On May 2007 the world premiere of Electric Youth: The Musical was unveiled at The Starlight Theatre in Orlando, Florida. The musical featured 14 of Gibsons's songs and was directed by Dean Parker.
    In January 2006, she joined the cast of Skating with Celebrities on Fox Television, partnered with former Canadian World Champion figure skater Kurt Browning.
    More Details Hide Details She was voted out in the third episode.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    The March 2005 issue of Playboy featured a nude pictorial of Gibson, coinciding with the release of her single, "Naked".
    More Details Hide Details She has said that the magazine had asked her five times to pose for them since she turned 18. She agreed to pose in an effort to revamp her image, describing how one casting call called her agent, not realizing that Gibson had long since outgrown her teenage image. The single peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart in March 2005. In November 2005, it was announced that Debbie would go on tour with The O'Neill Brothers for "Someone you love Tour" in 2006. "Lost in your eyes" was revamped with an acoustic sound and a song "Someone You Love" was written and performed by Debbie and The O'Neill Brothers and also these two songs appeared on The O'Neill Brothers album Someone You Love. The 2006 single, "Say Goodbye", featuring dance-pop artist Jordan Knight, has made a good impression on the Soft AC and Hot AC radio formats, becoming the third-most added single on the format during summer 2006. It debuted at No. 35 on the Hot Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 24 in early September through late November. The same year, Gibson appeared in the independent film Coffee Date with Wilson Cruz and Jonathan Silverman and provided a soundtrack song called "Sounds like love"
    In 2005, Gibson co-wrote and recorded a song titled "Someone You Love" with the O'Neill Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details With the O'Neill Brothers, she released an updated, acoustic version of her number-one hit "Lost in Your Eyes". There was an Emmy-nominated PBS special in 2005. She had a resurgence of popularity in niche markets. Her single "Your Secret" came back from its dormant state and became popular on some radio stations including Super 91.7 WMPH in Wilmington, Delaware. "Your Secret" has been on their request show, Total Control Radio, for 12 months; it reached No. 1 on its third week on that station's chart in May 2006. It charted along with a few of her other singles, "M.Y.O.B." and "Only Words" (Dance Edit), the Eurodance mix. They all have become recurrent hits on WMPH.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    In 2001, she released her seventh album on her new record label, Golden Egg, titled M.Y.O.B.---i.e.
    More Details Hide Details Mind Your Own Business. It featured three singles: the sensual pop song "What You Want", the Latin-infused Dance-pop song "Your Secret", and the bass heavy "M.Y.O.B." Highlights from the album include the sultry Latin-flavored smooth jazz song "In Blue", a vintage style ballad "Wishing You Were Here", "Jaded", and a remix of "M.Y.O.B." with the background vocals of her two nieces.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 27
    In 1998, she sang the song, "I Do", which is featured on the soundtrack to the film, The Naked Man.
    More Details Hide Details The lyrics to the song were composed by the co-writer of the film, Ethan Coen. The soundtrack has never been released. After parting company with EMI, Gibson formed her own record label, Espiritu, to release her original material. Her sixth album, Deborah (1996), marked her full return to dance-pop. Deborah includes the lead single "Only Words". "Only Words" (Dance Edit) became a Top 40 Hot Dance Music/Club Play hit. The album's other single was the ballad, "Naturally". Though it only sold 20,000 in the US, Deborah remains well-respected.
  • 1995
    Age 24
    In 1995, she signed with EMI's SBK Records division and recorded what would be her only album for the label, Think With Your Heart.
    More Details Hide Details It was an Adult contemporary-heavy album consisting of piano and keyboard ballads recorded predominantly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The album's producer, Niko Bolas, who was usually Neil Young's co-producer, was producing the reunion album for veteran punk band Circle Jerks, and invited Gibson to a recording session for that band's album. She sang background vocals on the song "I Wanna Destroy You", as well as appearing at and participating in the Circle Jerks' performance at punk venue CBGB, wearing one of the band's T-shirts and sharing a microphone with frontman Keith Morris.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    Deborah Gibson debuted on Broadway in 1992, playing Eponine in Les Misérables.
    More Details Hide Details She then went to London and starred as Sandy in Grease—a role 800 other girls tried out for before producers chose Gibson—in a West End production. The show broke box office sales records. The single version of "You're the One That I Want", a duet with Craig McLachlan, taken from the Original Cast Recording, reached No. 13 on the UK charts in 1993. On returning to the States, she appeared in the Broadway touring production, this time playing Rizzo. She played Fanny Brice in a revamped Funny Girl tour. She has had many successful theater credits; she was among the many actresses who took the starring role of Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. She replaced Kerry Butler in September 1997 and was in the show until June 1998 when she was then succeeded by Kim Huber. She also starred the critically lauded production of Gypsy (in a production staged at The Paper Mill Playhouse). She starred as Louise opposite Broadway legend Betty Buckley. She participated in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where she played as The Narrator, and starred as Cinderella in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical with Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother. In October 2002, she starred as Velma Kelly in the Boston production of Chicago. In 2003, she played Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret.
  • 1991
    Age 20
    She recorded two more albums for Atlantic Records: Anything Is Possible (1990) and Body Mind Soul (1993). "Anything Is Possible", co-written with Motown mainstay Lamont Dozier, peaked at No. 26 on Billboards Hot 100 in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent singles from Anything Is Possible failed to chart on the Hot 100, although "One Step Ahead" scored on the Hot Maxi Singles and Hot Dance charts, peaking at No. 21 and No. 18 respectively. Body Mind Soul spawned another minor hit in "Losin' Myself", which was accompanied by a somewhat controversial video clip, which Matthew Rolston directed, that featured Gibson as a stripper. The second single from the album, "Shock Your Mama", would become a minor hit in Europe and the UK; however, "Losin' Myself" remains Debbie Gibson's last appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. During this time, Gibson was part of the supergroup that recorded the charity single "Voices That Care" which peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 chart.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 17
    In October 1988, Gibson sang the national anthem for Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series.
    More Details Hide Details Electric Youth was released in early 1989, and spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Top 200 Album chart. The first single released, "Lost in Your Eyes", was No. 1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks, garnering her another achievement as the first female to have both an album and single simultaneously at No. 1. (She shared the 1989 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award with Bruce Springsteen.) Subsequent singles from the album were "Electric Youth" (No. 11), "No More Rhyme" (No. 17), and "We Could Be Together" (No. 71). The Electric Youth album was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA. The successful Electric Youth world tour and Live Around the World VHS (2x platinum) followed. In 1988, Debbie sang "Don't Flirt with Me". In tandem with the second album, she created a perfume called Electric Youth that was distributed by Revlon, and other makeup essentials for young girls that were distributed nationwide through Natural Wonder Cosmetics, another of her sponsors at the time, among the first of artists to do so. Debbie's trademark was her hats, usually black bowlers. She also made tight, rolled-up jeans and wearing vests over your T-shirt, friendship bracelets, and two Swatch watches popular as she is clearly seen wearing on the back cover of her popular Electric Youth album and in her "Staying Together" music video.
  • 1987
    Age 16
    In 1987, while performing around the United States at nightclub venues, Gibson was recording what would become her debut album, Out of the Blue.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded in four weeks. Four singles from the album reached the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart: "Only in My Dreams", "Shake Your Love", "Out of the Blue", and the number-one hit "Foolish Beat", followed by "Staying Together", which performed more modestly, reaching No. 22. "Foolish Beat" set a record for Gibson, making her (at 17) the youngest artist ever to write, produce, and perform a Billboard number-one single, as entered in the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records, and she remains the youngest female artist to do so. Out of the Blue was established as a hit album and she had success in the UK and southeast Asia, filling stadiums with her Out of the Blue tour. By the end of 1988, Out of the Blue had gone triple platinum. The Out of the Blue music video compilation was certified platinum by the RIAA; the concert tour video was certified 2x platinum.
    Gibson released her debut album Out of the Blue in 1987, which spawned several international hits, later being certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.
    More Details Hide Details One of those singles, "Foolish Beat", made Gibson the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single. Her double-platinum second album Electric Youth (1989), gave Gibson another U.S. number-one hit with "Lost In Your Eyes". Gibson is the sole songwriter on all of her singles to reach the Top 20 of the Hot 100 charts. She was recognized by ASCAP as Songwriter of the Year, along with Bruce Springsteen, in 1989. She continued to record and release music throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2006, Gibson reached No. 24 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart with "Say Goodbye", a duet with Jordan Knight. In addition to music, she has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals including playing Eponine in Les Misérables and Sandy in Grease, as well as independent film and television work.
  • 1986
    Age 15
    Gibson spent much of 1986 and the beginning of 1987 building her songwriting catalog while continuing to play club dates.
    More Details Hide Details Continuing her promotional tour, Gibson also continued attending classes at Calhoun High School in Merrick, New York, where she would later graduate as an honor student. Diane Gibson, Debbie's mother and manager, accompanied her daughter on many of these track dates. "We played dance clubs, straight clubs and gay clubs", Diane has said. The promotional pressing of "Only in My Dreams" landed the song within the Billboard Hot 100. Atlantic Records signed Gibson to a recording contract and thus began the process of completing what would be the first record. Gibson, along with producer Fred Zarr, wrote, recorded and produced her first album Out of the Blue in only 4 weeks. Now having something to market, "Only in My Dreams" was selected as Debbie's 1st single. This time, "Dreams" found traction on Top 40 radio and reached a peak of No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on August 31, 1970.
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