Debbie Gibson Overview
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson (born August 31, 1970) is an American United States singer-songwriter who was a teen pop icon. She was po***r in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. At the age of 17, Gibson was the youngest artist ever to write, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 # 1 hit single (in the USA) with her song "Foolish Beat",bio] effectively taking the crown from her then teen idol George Michael (who had, coincidentally, been asked to produce "Foolish Beat," but passed on the opportunity).
She appeared repeatedly on the covers of teen magazines (in the USA), such as Tiger Beat. She has gone on to starring roles on Broadway Broadway theatre and touring musicals, as well as independent film and television work. She continues to record, and reached the Billboard Billboard (magazine) Adult Contemporary chart as high as # 24 during 2006 in a duet Duet (music) with Jordan Knight titled "Say Goodbye."
Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the third daughter of Diane and Joseph Gibson.
Gibson spent years knocking on doors and handing her demos to every director, agent, and producer with whom she came into contact. Eventually, at the age of 16, with the help of manager Doug Breitbart, she caught the attention of Atlantic Records, and thus began her successful pop music career.
In 1987, while performing around the United States at nightclub venues, Gibson was also recording what would become her debut album, "Out Of The Blue." The album was recorded in 4 weeks. Four singles from Out Of The Blue Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson album) reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 100: "Only in My Dreams," "Shake Your Love," "Out Of The Blue Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson song) ," and the # 1 hit "Foolish Beat," followed by "Staying Together," which performed more modestly, reaching # 22. "Foolish Beat" set a record for Gibson, making her (at 16) the youngest artist ever to write, produce, and perform a Billboard # 1 single, a record she still holds, as entered in the 1988 Guiness Book of World Records. By the time Out Of The Blue Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson album) was established as a hit album, and she'd had considerable success in the UK, as well as in Japan and southeast Asia, carrying her Out Of The Blue tour to stadiums around the world. By the end of 1988 Out of the Blue her debut album had gone triple platinum.Gibson debuted on Broadway Broadway theatre in 1992, playing Eponine in Les Misérables Les Misérables (musical) . She then went to London, starring as Sandy (tried out for by 800 other girls before producers chose Gibson) in the West End production of Grease Grease (musical) to sold out shows, breaking 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 #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 Funny Girl (musical) tour. She has had many successful theater credits; she was among the many actresses who took on the starring role of Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast (musical) . She replaced Kerry Butler in July 1997 and was in the show until 1998 when she was then replaced by Kim Huber. She also starred the critically lauded production of Gypsy Gypsy: A Musical Fable (in a production staged at The Papermill Playhouse). She starred as Louise opposite Broadway legend Betty Buckley. Additionally, she participated in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where she played the part of The Narrator, and starred as Cinderella in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's famed musical with Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother. In October 2002, she starred as Velma Kelly in the Boston production of Chicago Chicago (musical) . In 2003, she played Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret Cabaret (musical) . From March to April 2004, she played the role of 'Marta' in the UCLA Reprise! production of Company Company (musical) .
Gibson recently starred as Anna Leonowens in the Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of the classic 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.In the summer of 2003, Gibson was a judge on the American Idol spin-off American Juniors which lasted one season.
In January 2006, she joined the cast of Skating with Celebrities on Fox Television Fox Broadcasting Company , partnered with former Canadian World Champion figure skater Kurt Browning. She was voted out in the third episode.The March 2005 issue of Playboy featured a *** pictorial of Gibson, coinciding with the release of her single, "***." The single peaked #35 on the Billboard "Hot single sales" chart in March 2005.
Following her Skating with Celebrities appearance, she has had a resurgence of po***rity in niche markets. Her single "Your Secret" came back from its dormant state and became po***r on some radio stations including Super 91.7 WMPH in Wilmington, DE. "Your Secret" has been on their request show, Total Control Radio, for 12 months. "Your Secret" reached # 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) which is a Eurodance mix of the song. They all have become recurrent hits on the station since.
Gibson continues to tour and has become a po***r attraction at*** Pride parades and various charity and music festivals around the US. Her 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 # 35 on the Billboard magazine Hot Contemporary chart, peaking at # 24 in early September through late November. The same year, Gibson appeared in the independent film Coffee Date with Wilson Cruz and Jonathan Silverman.
On November 14, 2006, Gibson released the song "Famous" on her official website. The song was written by Gibson and Tiziano Lugli, and the recording was produced by T. Lugli. On May 2007 the world premiere of Electric Youth: The Musical was unveiled at The Starlight Theatre in Orlando, FL. The musical featured 14 of Gibsons's songs and was directed by Dean Parker.
On September 2007, Gibson started to consider the idea of creating a camp on the West Coast. She is the founder and creator of Camp Electric Youth,
Gibson was also a judge for the online talent competition, Total Pop Star,
In January 2008, Gibson announced that she would revive and perform her 80s hits—along with her Broadway role songs—during a three-run week in May 2008 at Harrah's in Atlantic City. Later that month, on January 6, Gibson appeared on Deal or No Deal along with Corey Feldman as part of an '80s special.
She later appeared on the April 2008 cover of Lavender Magazine (a GLBT magazine in Minnesota)
She performed with Samantha Fox, Tiffany Tiffany (singer) , & Rick Astley at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada on April 10, 2009.
Gibson co-starred with actor Lorenzo Lamas in the low-budget action/adventure film Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, produced by The Asylum and released on May 19, 2009. The film's trailer has become a viral hit, scoring over one million hits on MTV.com and YouTube. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Ironically, Gibson's former music rival Tiffany had her film Necrosis Necrosis (film) (a.k.a. Blood Snow) premiere at the Cannes as well.
Gibson has confirmed in interviews that she is currently working on a new album. Previews of possible singles were played on her YouTube channel in June 2009 through a video she uploaded herself.Gibson has been romantically linked to American actor Lorenzo Lamas, former Beverly Hills 90210 actor Joey Gian Joseph Gian , and actor/singer Chris Bruno.
Over the years, Gibson has been the subject of stalkers. Robert Bardo Robert John 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, WI, 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. On April 15, 2008, Gibson filed a restraining order against Bassas Jorge Puigdollers, a fan club member from Spain who had been allegedly stalking her since 2002.
*Out of the Blue Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson album) (1987)
*Electric Youth (1989)
*Anything Is Possible (1990)
*Body Mind Soul Body, Mind, Soul (1992)
*Think With Your Heart (1995)
*Deborah Deborah (Deborah Gibson album) (1997)
*Colored Lights: The Broadway Album (2003)
The following singles charted in the U.S. United States , the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and/or the Netherlands.
* Ghostbusters (1984) (uncredited)
* My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (1999)
* Wedding Band (2001)
* Soulkeeper (2001)
* Celeste in the City (2004)
* Coffee Date (2006)
* Body/Antibody (2007)
* Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
* Beverly Hills 90210 (1991)
* Street Justice (1991)
* That '80s Show (2002)
* Skating with Celebrities (2006)*Pediatric AIDS Foundation
*The Make-A-Wish Foundation
*St. Mary's Children & Families Foundation
*Red Cross Clothes Drive
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