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Debbie’s Guitar Search

For the past 2 weeks Debbie has hosted a guitar search to take a lucky musician on the road with her. Fans are encouraged to record their cover of a Debbie Gibson song and tweet the video to @DebbieGibson. The deadline for this great opportunity has been extended to July 12th. Take a look at some great auditions from Foolish Beat, Jeneen Terrana, and Rony Corcos.

Click here to watch an exclusive video from Debbie talking about the contest.


Exclusive Q&A with Debbie

This past Saturday, Debbie performed at the Pacific Pride Festival in Santa Barbara. Check out this exclusive interview with the Daily Sound.


Debbie on Red Carpet

Debbie attended the Samsung Hope For Children 2011 in  New York and wore an Alice + Olivia sequined tube dress with embellished gold sandals. Go to The Fashion Patrol to see the look and vote.


Billboard Q&A with Debbie

Check out feature in Billboard’s Chart Beat about Debbie’s role as Tiffany Terry, Kathy Beth Terry’s mom, in Katy Perry’s new music video “Last Friday Night (TGIF).”


Debbie With Boomer & Carton

Listen to Debbie in the Allstate Studio with Boomer & Carton. Here she is finishing her espresso on the corner before the radio interview:


94X Interview

Listen to the radio interview with Debbie and Ralphie Marino on the new 94X.


From Hometown Girl to Superstar

Check out the feature interview with Debbie by David Weingrad of LIHerald.com.


Still Electric

Check out the three-page interview with Debbie by BeBe Sweetbriar on Edge Media Network.


From Pop Idol to Broadway and Back

Q&A with Debbie by TheImproper

Debbie Gibson could tell Justin Bieber a thing or two about being a teen idol. She was just 16 when she soared to the top of the pop charts. And this was before YouTube! How did she do it?

From her 16-track studio in her garage at her then-Merrick, Long Island home, she wrote songs that made her a music prodigy. She became the first shopping mall star and set the stage for acts like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and, yes, even Bieber.

With perfect pitch, she echoed up the charts with hits like “Only In My Dreams,” “Shake our Love,”“Foolish Beat” and “Lost In Your Eyes.”

Interestingly enough, when her second album Electric Youth dropped, she was one of the first pop stars to have her own perfume, Revlon’s Electric Youth.

She’s starred in Broadway musicals as well (Le Miserables, Cabaret, Gypsy), appeared in movies and became the voice of her generation in the 1980s.

During her career, she was often compared to Tiffany, another shopping mall teen star. Turns out, there never was time for a rivalry.

The two re-united earlier this year for a Syfy Channel movie called “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.”

It turned out to be a mega-hit for the cable network, and the two followed up with an appearance atThe Canal Room in New York City and sold out both shows.

The two will re-connect, again, this summer for a hand full of dates, debuting on the ABC’s “Good Morning America” summer concert series on July 29. We spoke to Gibson from her L.A.base:

TheImproper: The tour with Tiffany has for many been a dream; how’d it come about?

GIBSON: We had such a great time doing the Syfy movie together last summer, and we realized the fans got such a kick out of seeing us together… It was time to give the people what they want!!!

IM: There rumor about you two being rivals … that was never real, right?

GIBSON: Nah! Who had time for a rivalry! I have never been in competition with anyone but myself!

IM: Back then, the media was different right?

GIBSON: For sure. Kids were allowed to be kids. There was no TMZ, no camera phones. The flip side of that was that we had to build our audience a few people at a time! There was no chance of reaching a million people in one fell swoop via the Internet! I am glad I started in the biz when I did though! I feel a strong connection to my fans to this day because of all the face time with the audiences!

IM: Tell us what you’re working on music-wise these days?

GIBSON: Dance/pop with a touch of Urban and inspirational, very much a reflection of how empowered I feel these days! I have been living a lot of real life to draw on in my writing. I don’t live in a glass bubble free from all of the everyday issues that everyone has. It gives a lot of inspiration for music!

IM: How will the show will Tiffany work?

GIBSON: Basically, we will do some songs together, also show the audience what influenced us individually in the ’80s. We will each do our hits, of course, and introduce the audience to some new material! Bring your lighters!

IM: Tell us about the ‘Gibson Girl Foundation.’ You had an event last month at Oheka Castle on the Island, right? How’d that go?

GIBSON: We raised a ton of money to send talented kids in need to arts summer camps. GibsonGirlFoundation.org has tons of info on how families can apply for financial aid for their children.

IM: What’s your feeling about all the music-oriented shows on TV right now?

GIBSON: Having been a ‘Star Search’ reject several times, I would have been right there amongst the thousands that audition for ‘American Idol’ and all the rest. I think it is fun, entertaining, and if an artist is ready for the journey, like Carrie Underwood was, it is the ultimate platform!

IM: We heard you’re working on a possible TV show. Can you tell us anything about that?

GIBSON: Stay tuned : )

IM: As an original American Idol yourself, any observations for the kids today?

GIBSON: Stay true to yourself! And know your craft. A red carpet fifteen minutes of fame moment is just that. It is not a career!

IM: Your record as the youngest performer ever to have written, performed and produced a No. 1 pop Record (“Foolish Beat”) still stands; how’s that feel?

GIBSON: Great, humbling, and a bit perplexing! Come on kids! Break my record!


Showbiz Tonight

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight for live interview with Debbie: http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/showbiz.tonight/


Sirius XM Radio Interview

Get your morning jolt this AM when Larry Flick interviews Debbie live at 9 am ET on Sirius/XM 108. Tune in and call in: http://www.siriusxm.com/servlet/Satellite?c=SXM_Channel_C&childpagename=SXM%2FSXM_Channel_C%2FChannelProgramList&cid=1283872591270&pagename=SXM%2FWrapper

Here’s a pic of Deb in the elevator, on the way to the interview: 

Check out fun video taken after the interview: http://www.twitvid.com/KDMR2

At Sirius XM, Deb runs into Dan Wheldon, two-time Indy 500 winner.


Debbie Walks the Runway

Debbie walked the runway at The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis’ 18th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala’s celebrity fashion show. This year featured the debut of Andrew Charles, a new line from Andy Hilfiger. Watch the video and look for Deb and other celebs in this fashion reel: http://bit.ly/kIAcXi.

The Race to Erase MS annual event is a celebrity spectacular and gala to raise funds for research to find the cause and ultimate cure for Multiple Sclerosis. The 2010 Race to Erase MS Gala raised $2 million for MS research. For more information about the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and to find out how you can help cure MS, please visit: http://www.erasems.org.


Good Morning America Summer Concert Series Performance

Good Morning America announced its sizzling 2011 Summer Concert Series lineup with the hottest chart-topping acts in the country and the biggest names in music. Debbie and Tiffany will perform on stage together July 29.

The Summer Concert Series will be held for the third year at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Summerstage Rumsey Playfield via the 69th Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m., when the park opens to the public. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m. ET.


Interview with Long Island Press

Debbie Gibson’s Gibson Girl Foundation Gala at Oheka Castle

By Licia Avelar on April 27th, 2011

LongIslandPress.com

This week, Debbie Gibson’s Gibson Girl Foundation will host its Inaugural Gala at the Oheka Castle in Huntington. The gala will honor Hank Lane of Hank Lane Music & Productions and Ira Wallach of Linear Logistics for their contributions to the performing arts.
The Gibson Girl Foundation was founded by singer and Long Island native Debbie Gibson in 2008; it awards scholarships and music-educational opportunities to underprivileged children who display talent and have a desire to participate in programs designed to nurture their individual skills in the performing arts. Since its inception, the Gibson Girl Foundation has provided more than $75,000 in scholarships to kids in need.
“I started the foundation because I realized with the economy as it is, parents can’t afford to give kids opportunities in the arts as readily as they used to, and I wanted to provide support for that,” Gibson explains. “I grew up on Long Island with a lot of opportunities to be involved in theater. The arts was my childhood and I wanted to pay it forward.”
The fundraising event is set to take place Monday, May 2, at 6 p.m. Cocktails will be served followed by a 7 p.m. dinner.
“I love it—bringing it home to where everything started; it’s great,” says Gibson. “I did events at Oheka Castle growing up, years ago. Doing it on Long Island is, for me, for sentimental reasons, the perfect place to do it.”
The event will include a special performance by Gibson, and “American Idol” Season 10 contestant and Merrick native Robbie Rosen.
“He put Long Island on the map again, in a good way, recently,” says Gibson of Rosen. “It’s always heartwarming for me to see young people on Long Island making good, if you will.”
She says the two will even perform as a duet. “He’s doing a couple of songs and we are actually doing something together.”
Gibson wouldn’t reveal what exactly they will be performing but said, “You have to come and be surprised, let’s just say we are doing a famous song by an iconic performer.”
Tickets for Monday’s event are $250 per person or $2,500 per table of 10 through www.gibsongirlfoundation.org
Later this summer, Gibson will join another ’80s star, Tiffany, on “A Journey Through the ’80s” tour. The tour kicks off Friday, July 28, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Gibson says people will not only get their ’80s fix but also see what the performers have evolved into.
Coming together comes as quite the surprise: Gibson and Tiffany were long regarded as rivals.
Gibson disagreed and revealed a different story: “People felt there was a rivalry but there never was. It was more of a sisterhood. We are very supportive of each other.”
She also spoke of their choice to come together for a tour now. “It’s a time of joining forces and I think there’s power in that and power in us coming together. It’s so funny, we are so different but our differences are what make us get along,” she says.
“Our music was so similar in the ’80s but now we are so different, she is kind of doing her country rock thing while I am very pop and Broadway. Put us together and it’s a funny thing.”

Race to Erase MS

Deb will be performing at Nancy Davis Foundation’s Annual Race to Erase MS Gala this Friday, April 29.


Gala Helps Kids Go To Camp

By GLENN GAMBOA

Newsday.com

Debbie Gibson has a lot going on.

She’s planning her first tour with fellow ’80s teen sensation Tiffany, which stops at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on July 29. She’s working on a new album, which she believes will be her ” Tina Turner comeback moment” later this year. And she’s looking for more acting roles like last year’s successful “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” movie.

But the Merrick native also is looking to give back, through her Electric Youth Summer Camp and her new Gibson Girl Foundation, which will hold its inaugural gala Monday at Oheka Castle in Huntington .

What made you want to start Gibson Girl Foundation?

Times are tough. A lot of schools don’t have money for the arts anymore, on Long Island especially. My parents somehow managed to pay for lessons, but it’s gotten harder. When the choice is between putting food on the table and dance class, we know what’s going to give. My foundation lets students apply for financial aid to go to whatever arts summer camp they get into. It could be in Asia; it could be in Idaho . We want to help them do it.

Why hold a gala?

I really wanted to bring it home. I wanted to honor the place where I had my artistic upbringing and honor some who have contributed to the foundation and have a few of the kids from my summer camp perform.

You’ve also gotten Merrick ‘s Robbie Rosen on board.

It’s nice to see another Long Islander done good. . . . His “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” was so stunning, so he’ll do that and we’re going to duet on a song. It’s going to be a really fun, festive, inspirational event.

WHAT The Gibson Girl Foundation Gala featuring Debbie Gibson and Robbie Rosen

WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Monday, Oheka Castle, 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington , 631-659-1400

INFO $250; gibsongirlfoundation.org


Tour Tickets On Sale

The kick off show for “A Journey Through the 80s” with Debbie and Tiffany is Friday, July 29, Theatre at Westbury. Pre sale tickets are on sale today, April 21, via Live Nation Mobile App and then open to the general public on Friday, April 22, via Live Nation and Ticketmaster. More tour dates coming soon.


Hometown Girl

Ralphie Marino from the new 94X Long Island had the chance to catch up with our hometown girl. She chats about the upcoming fundraiser for Gibson Girl Foundation on May 2nd at Oheka Castle and her tour with Tiffany! Listen to the interview.


Debbie Gibson & Tiffany Tour Together

Posted by SpotOnLI:

April 20, 2011

DEBBIE GIBSON & TIFFANY TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY – JULY 29

Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, together for the very first time, at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on July 29 at 8 pm.  Tickets are $69.50, $39.50 and $29.50 and go on sale this Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m.  Tickets are available at www.livenation.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office (Box Office opens at Noon).  Event, date and time are subject to change.  Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.  For membership information, visit www.westburymembership.com

Merrick’s Debbie Gibson rose to fame while still in high school.  Her debut single, “Only In My Dreams” was released in the summer of 1987 and was followed in the fall by “Shake Your Love.”  Out of the Blue her debut album was released that fall and by the spring of 1988, the title track had climbed to number three on the charts.  With the release of her fourth single, “Foolish Beat,” Debbie Gibson became the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  ”Lost in Your Eyes,” the first single from her sophomore effort, Electric Youth became her biggest hit, staying at number one for three weeks.   In addition to her recording career, Debbie Gibson has starred on Broadway in “Les Miserables” and “Beauty and the Beast.” She starred in London in the West End production of “Grease” and toured nationally in “Grease,” “Funny Girl,” and appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse in “Gypsy.”   More recently she was seen in her second SyFy film “Mega Python vs. Gatorid” with Tiffany as her co-star.

TIFFANY is back! …to her roots. The dynamic voice of the 80s has returned to where it all started for her, country music and the Nashville music scene. Now a critically praised songwriter, Tiffany is set to capture your hearts again…with her new album of country/rock tunes!  Tiffany began her career at the age of 13 when she signed her first recording contract with MCA. The self-titled debut album was released in 1987 and eventually went quadruple platinum. The innovative “Mall Tour” that followed proved to be the signature for Tiffany’s early career and was very effective in targeting her core audience of young teens making Tiffany the youngest female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard charts. Tiffany produced three top ten hits, two of which were national and international #1 pop singles “Could’ve Been” and the celebrated “I Think We’re Alone Now.” The soon-to-be teen pop phenomenon, New Kids on the Block, got their big break as the opening act for her world tour. Tiffany released her second album, Hold An Old Friend’s Hand, which went double platinum and featured the top ten hit “All This Time.”

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Debbie on Glee

Access Hollywood contacted Debbie for a comment after she was mentioned by Gwyneth Paltrow’s character on this week’s episode of “Glee!” Our Deb, of course, responded with humor and grace. Read the article about “Glee” confusing Debbie with Tiffany.



Debbie Talks Comeback & Foundation

TheInsider.com’s Nicole Dabeau unites with our ’80s music idol for a lunchtime gabfest in Hollywood. Debbie reveals exciting comeback news and dishes about her May 2 inaugural gala at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY to benefit Gibson Girl Foundation. Watch the interview posted on The Insider and additional coverage on Entertainment Tonight. Have you bought your tickets to the gala? It will be a night to remember.

 

 


DailyDips with Debbie

Debbie dropped by the Dipdive studios for an exclusive interview with Canaan Rubin about the inaugural gala of her non-profit organization, Gibson Girl Foundation. She, and her big heart, appear two minutes into the video.

Debbie with Canaan Rubin at DipDive Studios


The Fashion Patrol

Debbie in Crimson Ivy and Fate at the “Take Me Home Tonight” premiere in Los Angeles. Do you love her 80s inspired fashion? Take The Fashion Patrol poll to show your support.


80s Flashback for Movie Premiere

Deb was personally invited to the premiere of “Take Me Home Tonight” by the executive producers Topher Grace and Gordon Kaywin. Check out photos on the red carpet and read the article posted on StarPulse.com.


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