Deborah Ann Gibson, 31 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York, USA. This pop singer generated massive sales in the late 80s, particularly in her homeland. Following training in piano and early songwriting ventures, Gibson was signed to the management of Doug Breithart by the time she was 13 years old. The following three years saw her apprenticeship in recording studios as she produced and wrote over 100 original compositions, mostly in her own multi-track home studio. Before leaving school, she had signed to Atlantic Records and was only turned down for the lead role in a US production of Les Misérables when the producers discovered her age. By the end of 1987, she emerged alongside a rash of female teenage singers in the US charts, hitting number 4 twice with Only In My Dreams and Shake Your Love. Her songwriting status and production involvement on Out Of The Blue was duly noted by critics. When Foolish Beat topped the charts in 1988, she became the youngest artist to have written, produced and performed a US number 1 single. Lost In Your Eyes, a sentimental ballad replaced the high-energy pop of previous singles, and topped the US charts once more after the disappointing Staying Together. The equivalent accolade in the album chart would be hers for five weeks with Electric Youth, co-produced, as was her debut, by Fred Zarr. However, a batch of subsequent singles, including the albums title track, No More Rhyme and We Could Be Together fared progressively worse in the US charts. The sales of the third album Anything Is Possible proved similarly disappointing, despite the appearance of Freddie Jackson and Lamont Dozier in the studio.
In 1991, Gibson finally got to appear in Les Misérables, playing the part of Eponine in the Broadway production. She continued in the theatre after releasing 1993s Body Mind Soul, appearing as Sandy in the London, England production of Grease. She switched to the character of Betty Rizzo in the National Touring Company Of Grease, which performed throughout the USA from October 1995 to March 1996. Further acting roles have included stints in productions of Funny Girl, Beauty And The Beast, Gypsy and Cinderella. Her recording career has largely taken a back seat to her theatre work, and has moved away from the dance pop of her teen years to a more considered AOR style. Gibson made the headlines in March 2005 when she posed naked for Playboy magazine.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.