Deborah Allen is one of those rare artists who forged their own path to success and ended up building a world-class career in the process. An extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter, producer and performer, Deborah’s unique abilities as an artist may be matched only by her enthusiasm and creativity as an individual. It is that formidable combination of spirit and talent that keeps the Grammy-nominated entertainer in demand. With her latest album, Hear Me Now, Deborah Allen’s music remains as smart, witty and sexy as ever.
“I was born singing,” Allen asserts. “I guess it would be hard to pinpoint exactly when my career in music became a full-on pursuit, but I’d say by the time I was eighteen I was sure that music was what I wanted, and I just forged ahead. There was no Plan B in sight.”
Throughout her phenomenal journey of hits and accomplishments in every facet of her career, Deborah Allen remains true to her vision. From her discovery by Roy Orbison, to her friendship with Shel Silverstein, her work with Prince, and her current release, Hear Me Now, Deborah creates art entirely on her own terms. With a distinguished career built on success after success as a performer, songwriter and producer, the dynamic Delta singer from Memphis, Tennessee, has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. That’s simply not Deborah Allen’s style.
10 Quick Quirky Questions with Deborah Allen
Q: What is a question no one ever asks you in interviews but you wish they would?
A: I would like to be asked about my pets: my cat Romeo (who uses the toilet), my horse Pepper, and my dogs in my life: Hooper and Harley and my new dog Maximus aka “Max”, he really belongs to my Mother but we kind of share him.
Q: What is your favorite US city and why?
A: Memphis because it’s my hometown. Nashville because it’s where I live. New York because it makes me feel so alive. New Orleans because of room 214.
Q: It’s 3 AM and you’re not asleep. What are you most likely doing?
A: Writing a song or writing ideas for projects, or watching TCM
Q: If you could have five people over for dinner, dead or alive, who would they be?
A: Elvis Presley, Mick Jaggar, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner. Or…. George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Kline, Tammy Wynette, Brenda Lee. Or… Waylon, Willie, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Shel Silverstein. (So many more… I could have a dinner party five nigths a week!!!)
Q: What has been the best moment of your day?
A: Today??? Waking Up to coffee in bed with my Honey.
Q: Do you have a bucket list? If yes, name three things on your list.
A: Traveling to countries I have never been to yet like Australia, New Zeland, Spain, Japan, China, etc… (That covers more than three) Also, scuba diving on the Galapagos Islands and hanging out with Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, and Aretha Franklin.
Q: Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
A: Shel Silverstein for songwriting. And every great singer, songwriter, and entertainer I have ever laid eyes and ears on.
Q: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
A: I would plan my time better. There is so much to do!!!!
Q: What do you consider your greatest success?
A: The fact that I’m still here and I still believe in dreams and that everything is possible!!! My positive attitude and resilience through out my roller coaster career and life.
Q: Tell us something about you most people don’t know?
A: I used to kiss my Mick Jagger poster.
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