Debra (Debbie) Rider was born in St. Augustine, Florida. Her passion for music and versatility as a vocalist began as she grew up listening to gospel radio on her Aunt’s farm in Kentucky, then singing along to Diana Ross & The Supremes, living in the Washington, D.C. area. High school introduced her to classical music and choir where she won top honors as an operatic soloist. A 2010 graduate of University of North Florida's prestigious jazz studies program, Debra's career then took her to become an award-winning jingles singer, character voice actor, a backing vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd (1989-1992), a merit-award winning songwriter for Unisong International for her song "Charlotte", and to become a Savannah's International Vocal Competition quarterfinalist. Debra sang Janis Joplin tunes with Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company, opened for Boots Randolph and Marcia Ball, and was a featured vocalist with The Chris Riddle Orchestra, the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, and the Amelia Island jazz Festival. She has performed at Alhambra Theatre & Dining with several nationally renowned tribute artists, as well as organizations like the Jacksonville Symphony chartered non-profit Body and Soul-The Art of Healing. Her talent and versatility has kept her in demand as a vocalist throughout the southeastern USA music scene. In 2018, she has put together some of the best area musicians to produce her own tribute, selling out every show, with her 7-piece band, Get Closer! A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt.

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GetCloser! A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt 2022

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Comments from Fans

Debra, What a fabulous show! Your vocals were incredible last evening! And what a terrific band you have! We so much enjoyed your concert. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. Linda would truly be proud. Look forward to seeing you again! A big fan” - Diane Perrone
Thank you for an amazing evening. I still cannot get over how close your voice can be to Ronstadt's voice. There is a certain richness to her tone that you were able to capture at times and if I had my eyes closed I would have sworn it was Linda singing. It was great to see Mike B. and Kenny L. too. Those guys are wonderful musicians that I really admire and look up to. But my favorite thing (next to your singing) was the pedal steel... I'm a fan of good pedal steel playing and it certainly added to a wonderful night. I look forward to hearing you guys again in the future.” - Don Casper
Linda would be honored had she come to the concert. You did her proud! It was fun, high energy and vocally very, very good!!” - Jennifer Hudson


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