"Calgary's (Blues) piano ace and powerhouse vocalist Debra Power ..." - John Valentyn, "John's Blues Picks, Maple Blues Newsletter
Pianist, singer and songwriter Debra Power is known for her powerhouse vocals and sparkling keyboard skills, having built a long list of performance/recording credits across Canada and in the U.S.
Debra was weaned on Big Band music growing up, her father a bandleader during the dance era. Encouraged by her parents, Debra studied piano in her youth. In high school she formed her first band, an all-girls group that played local concerts and venues. She then headed off to study music at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she majored in voice. This period also saw her launch her professional career, where she began carving her broad skill set and gaining experience in R&B and Rock & Roll bands, touring Eastern Canada.
Moving to Alberta in the late 80's, Debra further expanded her repertoire playing in country bands and performing at feature venues such as the Calgary Stampede. She briefly returned to the Windsor/Detroit area, performing piano bars and festivals before returning to Calgary to settle down, marry and raise her daughter.
Debra's studio work has included a solo work of original songs, gaining radio airplay on Holger Peterson's 'Natural Blues' program, and on numerous radio stations in Detroit. Her playing can also be heard on several commercial advertisements.
The Calgary blues scene embraced Debra's great talent as a solo performer and in ensembles, recording/performing in a variety of settings with Canadian greats including Tim Williams, Bill Johnson, Back Alley John and Johnny V, to name a few. She's become a fixture on the Calgary club scene, and has been a featured performer at the Calgary International Blues Festival as well as Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, where among her many performances, she backed the great Eddie Shaw. March of 2017 Debra opened for legends Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop at the Jack Singer Concert Hall as part of the PCL Blues Series. August 2017 Saw Debra opening the Edmonton Blues Festival.
In 2014 Debra was honoured with the CBMA Award for Keyboard Player of the Year. Representing Southern Alberta in the Solo/Duo Category of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee (2016), Debra made it to the semi-finals at the prestigious event. She captured the award for Blues Album of the Year at the inaugural YYC Music Awards (2016), was nominated for Blues Artist of the Year at the WCMA's (2016) and received a nomination for Best New Artist at the Maple Blues Awards (2017).
Debra's debut release, Even Redheads Get The Blues (2016), has garnered rave reviews and wide airplay across North America and in Europe. May, 2019, sees the release of Debra's latest CD, That's How I Roll, another great album of originals featuring some of the nation's finest musicians.