Deborah Silver: Glitter & Grits
by George W. Harris
This album could be subtitled “For a good time, call…” as Deborah Silver teams up with a swinging band that includes Asleep At The Wheel and gets the joint jumping. The core team of Floyd Domino/p, David sanger/dr, Josh Hoag/b, Dennis Ludiker/fid, Eddie Rivers/stg, Ray Benson-Rick McRae/g and John Mills/sax have a rotating guest list, with some infectious western swing as Silver shines on a joyful ride of “That Old Black Magic” and the VFW’d “Fly Me To The Mon”. She shuffles and hoots on the Bob Wills-inspired “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home” and the coy read of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter” while cooing through the charmer “Almost Like Being In Love”. Dueting with Ray Benson, she chicka-booms on a R&B rumbler “Ballin’ The Jack” while two stepping and clapping with Mickey Raphael on the harmonica for a boogie-ing “Deep In The Heart of Texas”. This lady can ride the broncos!
Deborah Silver, Glitter & Grits | The Vinyl Anachronist
By Marc Phillips in The Vinyl Anachronist
When I first moved to Texas back in 2009, I was more than a little concerned about the music situation there. I know, I lived outside of Austin and shouldn’t have worried one bit–but this Southern California boy just didn’t trust the hype. Once there, I quickly discovered the difference between garden-variety C&W and the Texas version, which was more honest and intelligent and, quite frankly, more rooted in rock and roll. I relaxed and soaked it all in. We’re talking Townes Van Zandt. We’re talking Guy Clark. We’re talking Ray Wylie Hubbard. We’re talking WILLIE. We’re also talking about Texas swing, which Deborah Silver sings on her new album Glitter & Grits.
BWW CD Review: Deborah Silver GLITTER AND GRITS Swings, Sings and Shines Like Stars In a Texas Sky
What happens when a Jazz Diva tries on a Ten-Gallon Stetson
Deborah Silver has followed up her chart-busting album, The Gold Standards, with another foray into traditional pop and jazz classics on Glitter & Grits. The new album is produced by Ray Benson and features musicians from his band, Asleep at the Wheel. What you get is what you hoped for, that is, an adventure through Americana-laced Jazz and even a bit of country swing.
When you learn about Deborah’s story, you really wind up rooting for her. After the birth of her second child, Deborah was diagnosed with a rare bone disease which kept her in a wheelchair for a year. She recovered, was able to walk again, and decided to return to performing. This year, that dumpster fire called 2020, she battled COVID-19 for 40 days. That instilled in her a desire to help people stay upbeat during these difficult times. She says, “I truly just want to share this fun and cheerful album with everyone because the world sure could use a dose of happiness right now.”
In addition, Deborah has donated proceeds of sales from some of her albums to charities that include the United Way, ALS research, and so much more.
That’s enough to make you cheer for her. And then you listen to the album.
Tyrell and his associate Jon Allen produced her first commercial disc, The Gold Standards, which zipped to No. 1 on Billboard’s traditional jazz album chart and its Heatseeker Album chart for up and coming acts when it debuted in September.
A Conversation with Deborah Silver
By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
It is a pleasure to welcome recording artist Deborah Silver to Jake’s Take. Born in Mississippi, the singer-actress has mastered the Great American Songbook and honed her craft by performing across the United States including at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Also, Ms. Silver also had the opportunity to perform for the United States Military as a part of Bob Hope’s USO (United Service Organization) Tour.
Recently, Ms. Silver released her latest studio album, The Gold Standards. Produced by the Grammy-winning producer Steve Tyrell and Jon Allen, Silver transported listeners to the Great American Songbook’s glory days through 13 tracks of songs written by the Tin Pan Alley elite. The Gold Standards also includes duets with iconic Jazz artists including Jack Jones (“I’ve Got A Crush on You”) and Ann Hampton Callaway (“The Glory of Love”).
The Gold Standards received praised from numerous media outlets including LegendsRadio.com and The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, who awarded her with the Legend to Be Award for Album of The Year by a Newcomer. Also, The Gold Standards peaked at the top of five Billboard charts!
Silver’s Mississippi Spin
By:Micah Smith, boomjackson.com
Fans of singer Deborah Silver’s 2016 album, “The Gold Standards,” a chart-topping tribute to the Great American Songbook, might be surprised to learn that the soulful vocalist wasn’t raised in the Hollywood hills, as some would guess from the album’s classic style. Instead, she spent her youth in Mississippi, first in the Delta, then Jackson.
Silver was born Deborah Berman in Greenwood and lived in Indianola before her parents, Robert and Sondra Berman, moved the family to the capital city while she was still a toddler.
“It was the best childhood anyone could ever have because I was in Mississippi,” Silver says. “I mean, what’s better than growing up in Mississippi? It’s the hospitality state, the people are all wonderful, and it was extremely happy days, happy times.”
Some of her best memories are from her time at Murrah High School, where she was a cheerleader and sang in choir, she says. However, while she wasn’t afraid to get onstage for public speaking, dancing, acting or classical piano recitals, Silver was too shy to sing for others.
“I was so quiet and shy to sing in front of people that I have a running joke; I say, ‘I sang solo—’so low’ that no one could hear me,'” the songstress says.
That changed when she graduated from Murrah in 1980 and moved to St. Louis, Mo., to attend Washington University. While in college, she began landing roles in musical-theater productions, which required her to get over her shyness quickly.
After graduating from Washington University in the mid-1980s with a bachelor’s degree in business and public relations, Silver came back to Mississippi and began taking music classes at William Carey College in Hattiesburg. During that time, she also won the Miss William Carey College pageant, which led to her competing for the Miss Mississippi crown. After hearing her sing, some of the judges and audience members encouraged her to move to Los Angeles for a career in entertainment.
“It was right after the Miss Mississippi pageant that I packed up my bags and said, ‘OK, I’m going to go,'” Silver says.
“And it led to my career today.”
For about 10 years, Silver pursued acting in L.A., booking small roles in movies, sitcoms and soap operas; worked as a spokesmodel; and ran her own business, Berman Entertainment, booking other spokespersons for companies, as well. She also created a cabaret-style show that made use of her vocal talents.
Silver first began focusing more on a music career after she and her husband Larry D. Silver, married in 1994 and moved near Washington, D.C., which made it traveling across the country for auditions and acting jobs difficult.
“I think what really did it, it’s funny, is that I was pregnant with my first child when I had a part in a movie,” Silver says. “I flew back into L.A. to do it and had to be on set probably at 4 in the morning. It would be long hours, I’d leave at night and then have to be up again, still having to deal with traffic at any crazy time in L.A. All of the sudden, I said to myself, ‘This is not making me happy as much as just singing and performing.'”
With music, she could do shows in Los Angeles, New York City or anywhere while still based at home with her family. It also allowed her to use her voice to help other people’s lives through performing for charity events. After that trip to L.A., she decided to focus solely on her cabaret show and, over time, developed into the Deborah Silver fans know today.
Although Silver, now based in south Florida, has performed at events across the country ever since, “The Gold Standards” is her first commercial release. All proceeds from her 2010 debut, “Pure Silver,” went to research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disease from which her sister Marjie Block suffers. Silver and her daughter Madison also created a campaign called slam ALS to bring awareness to the disease.
Fans won’t have to wait too long for a follow-up to “The Gold Standards,” as Silver says she’s already planning her next recording project and expects to release it later this year.
In the meantime, the album is performing well across the board, having debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and the Traditional Jazz Album chart, and No. 2 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, among others. It’s an accomplishment that Silver says she owes in part to her Mississippi roots.
“I feel like I have so much soul in my body from growing up with the style of music we listened to,” Silver says. “Mississippi is really the home of the blues, and I’ve taken this standard music and put a touch of Mississippi in it, really. I call it my own ‘Silver spin,’ but it’s really a touch of Mississippi.”
DEBORAH SILVER/Glitter & Grits: Back from a run with Covid, this shimmering vocalist whose a fave of Q teams up with Ray Benson and the Wheelers for a romp where her cutie pie voice pairs perfectly with Benson’s old timey sounds and a set of tunes from 100 years ago. A real charmer of a date that gleefully colors outside the lines, you really want to take a ride on this Chattanooga choo choo and ride to the end and beyond. A real fine time.
Rip snortin’ good times Deborah Silver – Glitter & Grits
Billboard chart-topping Jazz artist Deborah Silver announces the release of her brand new single “That Old Black Magic” from her upcoming full-length release Glitter & Grits (NTL Records). The dynamic Silver, who is newly recovered from a 40-day battle with Covid-19, is excited to share her new creation which was recorded with the legendary Austin, Texas based Asleep At The Wheel and Ray Benson and produced by Benson. Deborah’s hope is to bring some ‘magic’ to her fans through the gift of song in light of the current crises we are all facing as Americans.
Singer Deborah Silver’s lifelong passion for jazz music truly shines through when she’s performing the classics on stage. Last year, Silver recorded 13 tunes from the Great American Songbook for a new album entitled The Gold Standards.
It was a sold-out evening filled with Legends for Founder, Chairman Dick Robinson’s Legends 100.3FM 3rd Anniversary celebration earlier this month and The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook (SPGAS) was there to present the 2017 Awards.
Cabaret singer and Delray Beach resident Deborah Silver came to South Florida by way of Mississippi, where she grew up in an environment saturated by the blues. It’s a sound that continues to infuse her sultry vocals, but so does the pop and punch of Broadway grandeur.
Deborah Silver has much to be thankful for. Upon the release of her new album, The Gold Standards, on September 16th, she rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Traditional and Heatseekers Charts, No. 10 on the Independent Album Chart, and No. 2 on the Billboard Jazz Album Chart.
Deborah Silver’s sensational new album The Gold Standards delivers classic Great American Songbook hits with her own “Silver” spin. This 13 song musical piece de resistance produced by Steve Tyrell includes a duet with the iconic Jack Jones on “I’ve Got A Crush On You”, “The Glory of Love” featuring Ann Hampton Callaway as well as memorable versions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Teach Me Tonight” & many more all with stunning arrangements by Alan Broadbent.
Deborah Silver 'Slams' ALS
One singer using her beautiful voice to fight a debilitating disease, and a little star power doesn’t hurt either. Deborah Silver and her new album and her fight against ALS.
Vocalist Deborah Silver is one of the finest talents seen in quite some time, delivering incredible renditions of the treasured songs from the Great American Songbook.
Jazz vocalist Deborah Silver has a lot to sing about this year. She’s doing what she loves AND her debut album The Gold Standards hit Billboard charts at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Album Chart and on Billboard’s …
We talked to the Mississippi native about working with the stars as well as her new album, “The Gold Standards,” which features various classic covers as well as the duet, “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” with Grammy winner Jack Jones, of “Love Boat” theme song fame.
For someone who grew up in Mississippi with a sweet twang and a passion for the blues, Deborah Silver couldn’t be more comfortable with the Great American Songbook..
Recording artist, Deborah Silver has found her niche as a contemporary vocalist in tune with the waves of musical evolution and sound. A Mississippi native, Silver is a melodic, soulful artist who paints her life with the canvas of music.
Deborah Silver is a singer and philanthropist who has a heart for helping others. With the recent launch of her organization SLAM ALS and her second studio album, “The Gold Standards,” she’s using her passions for something greater than herself.
South Florida-based singer Deborah Silver has earned the top slot, the #1 Billboard magazine chart positions, in both the Traditional Jazz Album chart and the Heatseeker Album chart with her release, The Gold Standards.
Jazz vocalist Deborah Silver is turning heads in the music industry. A Mississippi native, Silver is passionate about music and loves listening to a diverse range of genres, from the blues to Broadway. Silver’s favorite singers are Barbra Streisand, Dinah Washington. and Ella Fitzgerald.
Vocalist Rebecca DuMaine mixes Broadway class with girl next door allure on this mix of standards with pianist Dave Miller’s trio with Perry Thoorsell/b and Bill Belasco/dr. DuMaine sounds chipper and eager to please on upbeat pieces like “Nobody Else But Me” an..