Debbie began playing piano and taking lessons in the second grade. She belonged to a church choir through grammar school and high school. In her early teens, she spent summers at Hartford Conservatory of Music, continuing music theory classes, piano lessons, and adding guitar lessons and a vocal coach to the mix. Throughout her family raising years, she continued playing piano and taking lessons. She sang and played keyboards with a popular club band in Maine. Although Deb grew up listening to rock 'n' roll and old country, she appears to have found the perfect niche singing jazz standards.