Artist: Debra Hope Miller aka Little Debra
Genre: Singer Songwriter
Pianist/Composer/Singer-Songwriter/Arranger. Boogie woogie, Blues to Classical! All songs posted on RN are original compositions of Debra’s.
In 2004, Debra Hope Miller…aka Little Debra, got hooked on the blues and boogie woogie old time piano playing. She emersed herself in the style. Prior to that, she played mainly classical piano and a little jazz.
With her first CD, Cat Walk Boogie and Blues, it is a tribute to old classic blues and boogie woogie piano from the past. The CD title however comes from the Little Debra original piano piece: Cat Walk Boogie.. which can be heard on this site.
As a composer and singer/songwriter, Debra writes in many styles. Her composition Sea of Clouds, combines her piano playing with her singing in a classical/pop type composition. Her classical composition, Spanish Interlude in G, is a classical composition she composed for piano and had separately orchestrated for piano and ensemble can be heard here as well. She’s also composed her Piano Concerto in Eb Major: The Internal World Symphony and it was orchestrated by her nephew, Tyler Katz . And Conversations from Within/Inner Dimensions is another classical piano piece of Debra’s combining classical here with a kind of new age feel with Debra on piano.
And then back to her blues/pop/jazz side can be heard with her songs What is Freedom to Me, The Meaning of Life is Within Every One of Us, I Thought Friends Were Forever, I Got the Blues and countless other songs she has written.
Much more music to come! Please check out my FB page. Please hit LIKE & become a FAN @ https://www.facebook.com/littledebra1. Cat Walk Boogie and Blues CD is available on https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/debrahopemiller and now on itunes and other digital downloads. What is Freedom to Me as download @ http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=debrahopemillerakalittle2.
Thanks for your support! Debra 🙂
Needs to come from your heart and you gotta wanna do it. And practice, study, play for friends and get feedback are starters.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
Recording artist, composer and singer-songwriter.
What are you most proud of musically?
My CD, Cat Walk Boogie and Blues. But also proud of my compositions I’ve written like my Piano Concerto in Eb Major, Spanish Interlude in G, Sea of Clouds and more.
How would you describe your music?
Boogie woogie, blues to classical! I write mainly in those 3 styles, but I also play/write some pop and swing.
How much of what goes into your music is life experience?
A lot, especially when writing music. Not all songs are of personal experiences of mine, but most are. And others are fictitious about a dream had or written for a friend (the latter did with one song so far).
How would you describe your sound?
Boogie woogie, blues to classical.
How involved are you in making music, writing, performing, recording, mixing, etc?
I write a lot of my own music.
What are your goals and aspirations as a musician?
To have myself and others go WOW! Really loved that. That kind of feedback, I love.
What is another genre of music, different from the one you play, that you like?
What drives you as a musician to keep making music?
Love of it.
As a singer/instrumentalist how important is practice?
As they say “Practice makes perfect”.
What advice would you give to young musicians starting out?
Know what you want. Listen to a lot of music and find where you might fit in. Take classes/lessons if can. Self taught is great too. Practice, practice, practice and then take your music and play it for others to hear.
What organizations do you feel are important in supporting musicians?
Yes, Facebook and Twitter. Also ReverbNation.com .
What instrument or instruments do you play?
Play piano, keyboards and sing.
What makes music special for you?
How it makes me feel.
Did you ever take music lessons?
Yes took piano lessons in past and studied music as major in university.
What affect do you want your music to have on others?
To love it.
How do you deal with writers block when writing music?
I then try to finish songs/projects I already started if can.
What sort of musical training do you have?
Piano lessons and university music major.
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
Again, if you really want to do music as a serious hobby or part time career or more, need to know what you want and why. Then have to work HARD at developing your skill(s) in music.
Practice, practice, practice. Join musical groups, bands, etc. as well. And if writing music, get a lot of feedback.
And recommend every young musician to also have another income to earn a living, so music can be fun and not stressful if can’t earn a living with it.
And don’t let anyone steal your dreams.
Debra Hope Miller aka Little Debra,
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records