Synopsis of Pop Music
"Now with you, out of the blue,
Love appeared before my eyes with you..."
Debbie Gibson emerged in the late 80’s alongside Tiffany and New Kids On The Block to become one of the big stars of that era’s teen-pop boom. However, Gibson was much more than just a talented singer. She was also an excellent songwriter and producer and put these skills to good use on her albums. The result was a string of hits that sold by the millions and made Gibson internationally famous before she reached age twenty.
Gibson was a musical prodigy: She wrote her first song at age six and won a songwriting contest at age twelve. By the time she was fifteen, she had learned to play a variety of instruments and had recorded 100 of her own songs. She got a recording contract before she was out of high school and released Out Of The Blue in 1987. Gibson wrote the majority of the album’s songs as well as producing a few of them, and the result was a goldmine of hits.
“Shake Your Love” and “Only In My Dreams” were bubbly dance-pop tunes that became Top-5 hits. The title track, an uptempo love song, also went Top-5. However, the biggest hit was a heartbroken ballad called “Foolish Beat.” It topped the charts, making Debbie Gibson the youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a #1 hit. Meanwhile, Out of The Blue became an international success and sold over five million copies.
Gibson returned in 1989 with Electric Youth. This album went to #1 for five weeks and ultimately went triple-platinum. It also scored a multitude of hit singles. The album’s title song, a youth anthem with a dynamic, danceable sound, became a #11 single. “Lost In Your Eyes” was a dreamy, swooning ballad that gave Gibson her second #1 hit. “No More Rhyme” gave the album a third smash single when it hit the Top-20. Gibson released her third album, Anything Is Possible, in 1990. The album's title track, co-produced by former Supremes producer Lamont Dozier, went into the Top-30.
In 1991, Debbie Gibson appeared on Beverly Hills 90210. The next year, she moved into musical theater by playing “Eponine” in the Broadway musical Les Miserables. Gibson returned to recording in 1993 with Body In Soul, a set that showed her moving from teen-pop into a more adult-contemporary sound. She also took the role of Sandy in a hit London revival of the musical Grease. In 1995, Gibson showed her diversity by releasing Think With Your Heart, a lush album featuring a 44-piece orchestra, and then switching gears for a cameo on an album by punk legends the Circle Jerks.
Currently, Debbie Gibson is an in-demand performer in the musical theater world. Her recent credits include leading roles in Beauty and the Beast and Gypsy as well as a stint as the Narrator for a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also continues to release albums like Deborah Gibson and Moonchild on her own label, Espiritu Records. Though she has already had a career’s worth of success, it’s clear that Debbie Gibson is only getting started.
Artist Release History1987 - Out of the Blue
1989 - Electric Youth
1990 - Anything Is Possible
1993 - Body Mind Soul
1995 - Think with Your Heart
1996 - Greatest Hits
1997 - Deborah
2001 - M.Y.O.B.