Bio, Press & Fan Mail

Debra (Debbie) Bailey Rider has been performing in the Jacksonville area for many years. A 2010 graduate of University of North Florida's prestigious jazz studies program, Debra's career has taken her from award-winning jingles singer, character voice actor, to backing vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd (1988-1993), merit-award winning songwriter for Unisong International for her song "Charlotte", and Savannah's International Vocal Competition quarterfinalist to Alhambra performances with tribute bands, shows at churches and non-profit organizations like Jacksonville Symphony chartered Body and Soul-The Art of Healing, as well as with various bands in the southeast. Now she has teamed up with some of the best area musicians to form a seven-piece band, Get Closer! A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt.

Her performance was captivating: she looks like and sings like Ronstadt!” - Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

EU Jacksonville

Debra Rider as Linda Ronstadt December 31, 2019

Debra’s resume is that of a major artist, who has always put her family first, staying in Jacksonville and touring intermittently. Her voice has many colorful nuances and covers a wide range of octaves.” - Rick Grant

— Entertaining U, Jacksonville Florida