Born: September 15, 1966 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Vocalist/guitarist Deborah Winters is a vibrant performer who combines the elegance and sophistication of her extensive Jazz background with total command of a wide variety of popular music styles. With an emotionally captivating vocal quality and exquisite songwriting skills, her music is both spellbinding and uplifting.
Deborah Winters has always loved to sing and became increasingly influenced as she developed her personal style by singer/songwriters such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Rickee Lee Jones. And so began the journey of a relationship with singing and performing that later evolved to include her magical gift of songwriting. This led to Deborah playing clubs and finding her way into the studio to record her own compositions.
While forming her musical identity, her first performance took place at an open mic night at the world-renowned Mill Valley CA club, Sweetwater, where she won first prize to a standing ovation. She proceeded to perform there for many years in a solo acoustic setting before adding other musicians to the mix and developing a full band sound. As her musical palate expanded to include Jazz standards and contemporary musical forms, Deborah began to perform in San Francisco in a quartet setting. It was during this phase that she met the highly acclaimed pianist/arranger Frank Martin, with whom she has been collaborating ever since. Other collaborations with notable Bay Area luminaries over the years have included legendary drummer Tony Williams, singers Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, Brazilian guitarist Jose Neto, percussionist Ian Dogole, and an ever-growing list of musicians who span the gamut of musical styles.
All of this experience and passion has led to the release of Deborah Winters' long-awaited debut recording, Live in Session, on her Pure Passions Productions label. Future directions will incorporate multi-ethnic styles and instruments, demonstrating that Deborah Winters' perpetual search for new ways to express her highly captivating and emotionally riveting music are always front and center in her evolution as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Her legions of fans are in for a treat as her quest continues.
Deborah Winters - Live
Pure Passion Productions
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Willing to teach:
One of the greatest joys in music is to share in the excitement and fulfillment that it brings to us. Music truly is the "universal language."
Deborah Winters views teaching as a unique type of performance and considers it a great privilege to share her singing expertise, experience and life skills with her students. Her work begins with a discovery phase that encourages each student to open up and reveal their inner "fantasy," the vision of their dream to sing, and then to reinforce that with the knowledge and skills to produce meaningful sound from that deep place. Deborah creates a safe environment in which each student can release any preexisting inhibitions and develop complete trust in their own learning and growing process. Through this experience, her students are able to cultivate their own style, identity and sound and access the skills they need to fulfill their dreams.
Deborah works effectively with students of all levels and conducts each student's training at a pace that fits their needs. She employs a gradual technique that emphasizes body coordination, enabling each student to get the most out of their unique instrument. The practice also aims to balance the influences of mind, body and spirit together, so each student can adapt the tools internally and remain healthy throughout their career. By learning to trust in the process and by developing technique, the creative flow is freed and a unique personal landscape is birthed. This is where the real "magic" can be discovered. You know, when you get the chills!
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study with Deborah and discover your inner voice and learn to love the unique gifts you have to offer as an artist and performer.
Deborah offers private vocal instruction, beginning guitar and group workshops. An intro to songwriting is also encouraged with those who are ready to expand their talents further.
For lesson rates and packages contact Pure Passion Productions at 415-459-4995.
Each lesson is approximately one hour and requires a minimum of 24 hours advance notice for
rescheduling or cancellation. All lesson packages must be completed within 3 months after the time of