Debbie Gibson joined famed journalist and managing editor of Yahoo! Music Lindsey Parker for a Q&A at the Grammy Museum Friday night (10/22).
In the Clive Davis Theater, when it comes to female pop-stars of the 80’s and 90’s, Debbie Gibson was one of the biggest and still remains popular to this day. It’s definitely a rare thing for a major pop artist to write all their hit singles and Gibson did that with all hits to make the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. At 29 she was ASCAP Songwriter of the year in 1989 with Bruce Springsteen. Gibson has released 10 studio albums since 1987. Her debut album Out of the Blue hit number 7 and her second album Electric Youth hit number 1. At the age of 17 Gibson had full creative control over her music which was very rare for both male and female pop stars. This past August Gibson released her 10th album The Body Remembers. As for singles Gibson has released 41 with seven in the Top 5. On top of that Gibson has released 27 music videos.
Over the last 30 years, Gibson has appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, Dancing with the Stars, and most recently Lucifer. Outside of her own musical career, Gibson has had leading roles in both Broadway and touring musicians including the roles of Eponine in Les Miserables and Sandy in Grease. In 2019 Gibson was part of New Kids On The Block’s Mixtape Tour with Tiffany, Salt-N-Pepa, and Naughty By Nature. Even more recently, Gibson played eight nights in Vegas with New Kids On The Block’s Joey McIntyre.
Unlike traditional In Conversation With events at the Grammy Museum Gibson sang and played in between the Q&A where the performance typically follows the Q&A and is two different segments. As Gibson said she's very impromptu. Last year Gibson turned 50 and hasn't aged a bit. To this day, Gibson is still the youngest artist to have written and sang a number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Gibson discussed her classics and new album and inspiration behind the songs. A big part of the Q&A was on The Body Remembers which was Gibson's first release in 20 years of originals. It was produced by 20 year old producer Sean Thomas. Gibson performed a new song “Strings” and even Came into the audience which I have never seen a performer do at the Grammy Museum. It was her first time performing that song. Grateful Dead fans are known as Dead Heads as they travel all over to see the band where Gibson's fans are known as Deb Heads. There were four fans there from four different states.