Famous for her massive hits such as "Shake Your Love", "Lost in Your Eyes" and "Only in My Dreams", Debbie Gibson has been a household name in the 80s for her impeccable singing and performing skills. In fact, her career propelled in the late 80s when Electric Youth, her successful album, was released to the public. Aside from her singing career, she also took part in some Broadway productions such as Gypsy and Beauty and the Beast. These were all products of her perseverance and passion in singing and acting, which were two of her favorite activities as a child and throughout her adulthood.
Born in New York, Deborah Ann Gibson (otherwise known as Debbie Gibson) has always been a musician at heart. She took piano lessons from the legendary Morton Estrin, who was also the teacher of Billy Joel. Gibson was already noted for her love for music at a tender age of 5, which was also the time that she began singing and playing the piano. When she was 6, she wrote a song entitled "Make Sure You Know Your Classroom", and she continued to express her musical talent in 5th grade when she composed her very own opera called "Alice in Operaland". Indeed she started composing at a young age, and she also took part in some theatrical acting since she was 5 years old. At age 8, she joined the Metropolitan Opera House's children's chorus, which was in New York City. No matter how busy her schedule was, though, she still managed to enjoy her childhood as she played with friends.
The Making of an Artist
Driven by her intense love for music, Gibson decided to transform the garage at her house into a makeshift music studio. She spent her free time in this part of the house where she wrote and recorded music. When she was 12 years old, she joined a song-writing contest and won $1,000. The title of her original song was "I Come from America", and it was at this point in her life that her parents realized her extraordinary talent. Thus, they hired a manager for Gibson, and it was Doug Breibart who guided the young artist on how to arrange, produce and engineer her original compositions. By 1985, Gibson has already written more than 100 songs. So, when she formally released her album called Out of the Blue back in 1987, it was not a surprise that the public were impressed and coined her as a pop icon.
In spite of her extremely busy schedule, Gibson still managed to juggle her time between being a pop icon and a student. In fact, she graduated High School with honors, and this proved how she could become both a successful person in her private and public life. Among her list of accomplishments include the ASCAP award for Songwriter of the Year in 1989, which she shared with Bruce Springsteen. Her album in 1989, entitled Electric Youth was also at the No. 1 spot for 5 weeks in the Billboard Charts. Presently, she is not very active in the music scene, but her legacy in the music industry makes her a legend. Image Credit