Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz shines a light on the songs from the Great American Songbook, classic tunes primarily from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, and 50s featuring the warm velvety tones of Debbie Briggs on vocals accompanied by a rotating combo of the best jazz musicians in town. Together, they create a nostalgic, toe tapping sound that will keep your heart smiling long after the show has ended. Booking both private and public events.
Debbie Briggs • singer bio
“...Her voice sounds like whiskey poured over velvet, like honey in your tea” Debbie Briggs, creator and band leader of Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz and co-founder of "The Good Time Gals". You may have seen Debbie at the 2023 MN State Fair, 2022 Twin Cities Jazz Fest (and Jazz Fest Live), or performing on countless stages and speakeasies across the Greater Metro area including The Fine Line, Crooners, The Dakota, kj's hideaway, and more! Her sound has a timeless quality to it and primarily features material from the 20s-50s, she pulls influences from greats like Patsy Cline, Julie London, Ella Fitzgerald, Kay Starr, Helen Humes, and Doris Day... to name a few. No doubt Debbie Briggs is on her way to becoming a mainstay in the Twin Cities jazz scene due to her dynamic voice that harkens back to a simpler time, when broken hearts and broken heels were your only worry. Debbie’s presence is both warm and welcoming. Her tone is uniquely rich and resonant as she skillfully delivers each song with soul, style, and grace. She sings in such a way that will draw you in and satisfy your ear giving ‘just what the song calls for.’ As with every singer Debbie is a product of the times, so while paying tribute to the past you can also hear a modern sensibility in her phrasing and approach to a song. With one foot in the past and one in the future Debbie will be a true force in the Twin Cities music scene for years to come.
The Debbie Briggs vintage jazz combo was Established in early 2019
Debbie began studying voice in 8th grade and continued into college where she attended UW- STEVENS POINT • B.F.A. MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM.
After University, she worked professionally as a stage actor and voice over artist making her way to both coasts and playing the regional theater circuit where she appeared on stages, screens, and radio waves both big and small throughout the country. This included radio spots for major brands like Dr.Scholl's, Walmart, Claritin, Stride gum, and more... Locally, she appeared as "Angel" in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" with Sally Struthers, and also performed at The Guthrie in Christmas Carol. Debbie starred in multiple National Tours and regional theater shows. She even did elevated "extra work" through the years and got to perform in some pretty cool places like, "Salome" at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City and she later did background work in shows like "Mad Men" while living out in LA. She took time off from performing shortly thereafter and worked as a professional dog trainer in Los Angeles and also had a stint working in Marketing and Branding.
But after years of travel and adventure and trying her hand at some other careers, she found herself back in MN around 2018 and had the itch to perform once more...
In 2019 she founded Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz. In 2020 she founded her next project "The Good Time Gals." In 2021, after the tragic loss of her older sister, she went full-time professional music again and in 2022 she released her first album "Whiskey Kisses" with "The Good Time Gals" featuring numerous originals which she wrote and arranged. In 2023 she toured the Midwest with "The Good Time Gals"
In addition to performing as a singer, Debbie is a gifted visual artist and has commissioned work in homes throughout the city, aside from painting, she dabbles in ceramics, loves spending time in nature, and connecting with the music community at large, hosting interviews and collabs with other local talent or working as an emcee "hostess with the mostess" at a weekly open mic on Wednesdays at 7p at kj's hideaway in St.Paul.
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