This article is from the Debbie Gibson FAQ, by Levien de Braal (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
Deborah Gibson started her career at a young age. She got experience in
theatre by playing roles in plays like "A Christmas Carol", "Annie" and
"Mickey Mouse and Friends". At age 12, she started songwriting seriously.
She was part of the Metropolitan Opera for several years, doing operas like
"Hansel und Gretel", "La Boheme" and "Le Rossignol", some of which meant
singing in a foreign language.
Deborah got her first recording contract at age 16, for a 12" aimed at the
dance market. In late 1986, "Only in my Dreams" was released, a song she had
written three years prior. After it became a hit, 6 months of hard work
performing at various clubs later, she recorded her first album, titled "Out
of the Blue". It went triple platinum, just like her second album "Electric
Youth", which was released in January 1989. With the song "Foolish Beat" she
set a record: she became the youngest artist in chart history to have written,
produced and performed a Number 1 song.
After Deborah's third album, "Anything is Possible", she made her broadway
debut as Eponine in the musical "Les Miserables". She continued her efforts in
theatre by appearing as Sandy in the musical "Grease" on London's West End for
a period of nine months, shortly after she had released her fourth album "Body
Mind Soul". Her fifth album, called "Think With Your Heart", once more shows
her abilities as a songwriter, musician, singer and producer. It contains
mostly ballads with Deborah playing piano, accompanied by an orchestra.
Deborah played Betty Rizzo in the National Touring Company of Grease. She was
part of the cast from October 29 1995 through March 3 1996, touring through
the USA and performing in 19 different cities in a usually sold out theatre.
Deborah recorded her sixth album, "Deborah", in the summer of 1996, after
which she starred as Fanny Brice in a brief revival of the musical Funny Girl.
She continued showing her passion for theatre by playing "Belle" in the
Broadway musical "Beauty and the Beast" for nine months, followed by starring
as Gypsy Rose Lee in the Papermill Playhouse production of Gypsy, playing the
narrator in the US touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat, and the title role in the US touring production of Cinderella.
On March 6, 2001, she released her seventh studio album, titled "M.Y.O.B.
(Mind Your Own Business)".
Besides her own career, she has written and/or produced material for several
other artists (Chris Cuevas, Ana, the Party, Jobeth Taylor) and regularly
participates on "various artists" albums benefiting charities. She surprised
many, including her own fans, by singing backup vocals for a song on the last
Circle Jerks album.