Coming From Blue

Debbie Kirkland

“Coming From Blue”

A delightfully arranged composition of contemporary Jazz music.

Singer, songwriter and gifted lyricist Debbie Kirkland began singing as a young child and graduated from the acclaimed Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Kirkland graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors Degree in Classical Vocal Performance. While in college, Debbie worked with legendary Blues guitarist Bill Harris regularly. It was through that exposure that she was hired to sing at the famed Charlie’s of Georgetown, the Jazz club whose stage regularly hosted top tier performers such as Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing, Mel Tormé and Nancy Wilson. That became Debbie’s main performance venue billing her five nights a week while earning her music degree.

Debbie has shared the stage with some of the great names in music including George Duke, Marcus Miller, Chuck Mangione, Pieces of a Dream, Lala Hathaway, Chaka Kahn and Lonnie Liston Smith.  As a seasoned performer, Kirkland has appeared on BET / Black Entertainment Television’s “BET on Jazz” and has performed at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, The East Coast Jazz Fest, the prestigious Capitol Jazz Fest at the Meriwether Post Pavilion and the renowned Washington, DC Jazz club Blues Alley. Kirkland’s sound has been compared to Jazz greats Nancy Wilson and Eloise Laws and her style of music from Dianne Reeves to Sade and has traveled the world touring Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Featured on Kirkland’s upcoming sophomore CD entitled “Coming from Blue”, set for release in early Fall 2017, are nine beautifully written original tracks as well as a delightful rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady”.  The recording was produced by Debbie and the great “Jazz Guru” Al Pryor, currently with Mack Avenue Records and is recorded with an All-Star ensemble of musicians that include superstar percussionist Mino Cinelu (Miles Davis, George Benson, Weather Report, Wayne Shorter), bassist Clyde Bullard (Weather Girls, Martha Wash, The Gap Band, Jazz and Funk guitarist James E. Rohlehr (Martha Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Cissy Houston), drummer Victor Jones (Stan Getz, Bill Ware, Dizzy Gillespie, Deodato), trumpeter and brother of Jazz drummer Billy, Wayne Cobham (Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Deniece Williams) and keyboardist and Musical Director Preston Vismale (Harlem Gospel Choir, Carmen Lundy, Will Downing).  The CD was recorded and engineered by Jeff Jones at Kaleidoscope Studios and Bill Mueller at Omega Studio. Famed Mix Engineer Todd Whitelock mixed the album at Flux/Valvetone Studios in Manhattan, NY and the album was mastered at Sony Studios Battery Park by legendary Mastering Engineer, Mark Wilder.