Debbie Cunningham is a recording artist, author & speaker. She is known as a powerful, engaging entertainer with a musical styling of jazz that is soulful and sultry, yet elegant and sophisticated.
She earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Temple University. Upon graduation, Debbie married her high school sweetheart and moved to Nashville, TN where she continued to pursue her career as a vocalist. In 2005, she furthered her studies in Jazz at the Nashville Jazz workshop for 2 years. Since then she has spent a more than a decade in the music business as a songwriter and entertainer. Through the years she recorded two albums; the first, a Jazz standards album entitled-The Rest of Your Life. The 2nd is an all-original jazz album entitled- A Million Kisses; which she wrote and produced. That album led to her writing her first book - DANCING IN THE KITCHEN (released by Morgan James Publishing May 2019. )The book is part stories behind the songs on A Million Kisses and part stories from real couples with strategies to build lasting love.
As an artist, Cunningham has won over countless jazz fans in and around her adopted hometown of Nashville and beyond with the passionate live performances she plays with her quartet. Over the years she has entertained audiences at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, LP Field, Williamson County Performing Arts Center, regional hotspots, small local theaters, wine festivals, corporate/ private and charity events across Middle, TN.
When asked about how she feels about her career. “I’ve always believed that finding that intimate connection with the audience is the key part of being a successful artist and performer. When I perform these standards and my original songs, the audience knows I’ve lived a lot of the lyrics. I’m not 15 singing about a lifetime love…I’ve been married 34 years, have raised a family and I have a great reverence for those artists who are part of jazz history. I love bringing happiness into people’s lives through music. We are living in stressful times and I offer a place where they can enjoy themselves and unplug from the world for an evening. It’s a joy and an honor sharing that experience with them.”
Debbie resides in Franklin, TN with her husband. They have 2 adult children and 2 grandsons. Debbie spends her time performing with her jazz quartet, speaking at women’s & marriage events and offers performance coaching in her spare time. She loves the ritual of afternoon tea and frequently pauses for a sunset to enjoy God’s amazing artistry. She and her husband are enjoying their newly emptied nest, still dancing in their kitchen and starting to cross off their bucket list.
The industry buzz ….
Debbie’s New album- A Million Kisses-
"What a pleasure to hear Debbie Cunningham! We've known for a long time she's a talent with a remarkable gift for singing. The ten original songs on her latest CD "A Million Kisses" also display a writer of smart, swinging, mature compositions on the subject of love. An artist has emerged here!" Greg Lee, WMOT Radio, Jazz Director
-Critic Mut Asheru from Unsigned: The Magazine wrote: “What a glorious sound Debbie makes. What I love is her vocal fearlessness."
-Debbie Alan, original co-host of Nashville’s Talk of the Town says “Debbie has a voice like velvet”
- Bob Collins from WRHU Jazz Radio NY calls Cunningham’s debut CD “A gem!”