Born and raised in rural area of California, Deborah grew up surrounded by nature, but close enough to San Francisco to be influenced by the city’s history of social, musical and political upheaval. Her lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes, a sound which has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice in Mysore, India, and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released several CDs, and several EPs of critically noted original music, including 2016's Something Special EP, the acclaimed 2013 release, Little Bird (produced by Art Khu and described as "a masterful piece of work"). She again worked with Khu on her new 7-song CD, Beauty Everywhere, which was recorded at the new Tiny Telephone Studio in Oakland. Deborah performs throughout the US, and had her music featured on the PBS Series Road Trip Nation and several compilations including the Songwriters From the Fog Compilation V1.
Along with her solo work, she cofounded the band Bay Station with Kwame Copeland; contributed prose and poetry to several stage productions by Deborah Slater Dance Theatre; has led writing groups and spoken about songwriting and creativity at Macworld and SXSW. Additionally, her written work has appeared in many print and online publications including No Depression, The Sun, Common Ground, and “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment.”