Sexy singer-songwriter Deborah Ledon is as extraordinary as her life story. A native Cuban, her family pulled off a daring escape to Canada when Deborah was just a two-year old toddling around her impoverished neighbourhood looking for food. That audacious theme seems to have set the stage for her life. The epitome of charisma, fierce determination and exotic beauty, Deborah Ledon frequently draws from her own fair share of challenging life experiences for lyrical inspiration. The vocally versatile high-energy dynamo has a spellbinding stage presence and boasts a varied and eclectic background as an entertainer and performer. Past gigs include everything from commercials and voiceovers to acting, modelling, musical theatre and touring the US with a funk band. Deborah Ledon’s powerful, melodic voice led to her fronting a variety of bands ranging from a 25-piece big band, country, rock, punk, dance and Latin bands, as well as touring and performing for the Marriot Hotel chain, and fronting the house band for the Parkway Best Western for eight years. She’s also performed at numerous jazz festivals.
An entertainer at heart, Deborah studied acting at Brock University, later landing a lead role in the musical “Man of La Mancha”, a performance that earned her critical acclaim. Deborah also performed in Vancouver’s “Vagina Monologues” to support a charity fundraiser, and played numerous roles in Carol Shield’s “Departures and Arrivals”.
Deborah Ledon’s raw and edgy independent album “Spilling Inside Out” earned her international acclaim. The album won Best New Jazz/ Folk Artist in 2004 and hit the Euro Americana Charts as one of 2005’s best albums. In autumn of 2008 CBC Radio’s Hot Air program showcased Deborah and her former band Locura including a recording session and an hour-long interview.
Deborah Ledon is boldly reclaiming her Cuban heritage with her latest music success. Her explosive Latin band promises to rock and shock and put you at serious risk of dancing. Deborah’s contagious passion for her Latin roots defines her exotic, seductive jazzy sound, unmistakable in its unique versatility. Deborah’s band members are some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians: Chris Haas on drums and vocals; Brent Gubbels on bass; Nick Apivor on percussion; Boris Favre on keyboards and vocals; and Musical Director Graig Robertson on sax, guitar and vocals. The River Rock Casino in Richmond has become a frequent gig for Deborah and her band, bringing in an ever-increasing stream of fans. But then it’s really not surprising. Deborah’s captivating performances and sincere, un-Diva-like attitude could win anyone’s heart. I love this woman!
If you’d like a CD of Deborah’s original material, it is available through her website at www.deborahledon.com and at CD Baby. Her original material is unlike the Latin presentation but does have, along with Rock some Jazz and Latin influences.
“My influences growing up were quite eclectic. I loved the versatility of Linda Ronstadt, the smoothness and range of Barbra Streisand, the Rock growl and scream of Heart’s Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar, the stage dramatics and comedy of Bette Midler, the dark edge of Carole Pope and finally, the infinite musical potential, sincerity and absolute femininity and style of Selena. I’ve always admired women who had a backbone and never sold out to accommodate some suit sitting behind a desk. It’s important to be true to oneself and able to sleep at night.
As for my music collection, I loved everything from Rush to Dreamtheatre to Sara Brightman to Gloria Estefan. My favourite group is The Eagles although Rush is another one. In concert I’ve had the privilege of seeing The Pointer Sisters, Wham, Michael Jackson, Carole Pope, Eurythmics, Seal, Bonnie Raitt, The Corrs, Rita MacNeil, Jann Arden, John McDermott, Natalie MacMaster, Pink Martini and the one and only, Ricki Lee Jones. She was great!
The Internet is amazing because it exposes you to those who would normally have no chance of hearing what you do. I love getting emails from around the globe from someone who has bought my CD and wishes to share thoughts on it. I also get emails from those right here at home who’ve come out to see a show and want to share their thoughts on songs or thank me for a lovely experience. The Internet can be a very good thing when used properly. The downfall, of course is all the traffic and competition on it not to mention the garbage. So many artists and so little time.
I hope to make as many people feel the joy that lives in my heart when I perform and to be a living and breathing example of faith and importance in following one’s heart despite adversity and hardship. Anything worthwhile comes at a price but surely if people were to know every detail of this journey I willingly signed up for, they would wonder why I didn’t change course years sooner. I can’t imagine living a false life and yet so many out there do. It’s a very sad thing and one of the reasons I believe we’re so out of touch with ourselves not to mention why we have high blood pressure. People are afraid to be truly authentic. One has to live one’s own song regardless of what anyone thinks. I’m so darn lucky to have had a 4 foot high grandmother who encouraged my huge Cuban stubborn streak! Ha!
Into my second year there, River Rock Casino out in Richmond, BC has been my regular musical home. It was a strange thing initially to walk into that “Vegas style” atmosphere. There were lights everywhere and noise! What noise! I didn’t know how we would be heard above all that ringing and talking but once on that glorious stage with state of the art gear and amazing sound men like Tony and Steven at the helm, all was forgotten. The place is magical and after all this time, we have a following which makes our shows that much more fun. I love to tease audience members and include them in my act which makes my show very “in the moment”. There’s no planning whatsoever and we fly with whatever material is at hand. Along with this I’m blessed with incredibly talented players who along with their monstrous talents, like to laugh and can take some serious teasing themselves. It’s really a wonderful mix of all positive and bright. I’m beaming the entire four hours we’re on stage. It’s such incredible fun.”
Deborah will be playing at Lulu’s Lounge in the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC on January 23 at 8:30 pm and January 24 at 9:00 pm.
She’s also performing at a very special Real World Benefit Concert for Cuba at St. James Community Square, 3214 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver on January 26 from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. Advance tickets are available at Ali’s Dollar Store, 2881 West Broadway. Door tickets are $25. This event is co-sponsored by the Rogue Folk Club. For further info, contact 604-266-3644 or visit www.dinosaurmusic.net/Concerts.html.