After five years working as a flight attendant for Varig Brazilian airlines and three as a lawyer after the graduate in Law School, Deborah arrived in Los Angeles in 1978 to live for a while after her former fiance, Frank, to be transferred to California to work as a flight enginnier. She was born in Curitiba, state of Parana, and lived in Rio for twelve years.
In her childhood, Deborah played piano and was part of the church choir that her father used to go every Sunday. She wanted to be a singer. She want to be a star. Deborah always admired the Bossa Nova movement and figures such as Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Morais. While living in Rio, she studied singing at the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro.
Living in Los Angeles, Deborah worked for many years as a waitress in night clubs, and became a mother of her only child, Christopher, in 1981. The turning point of her musical career was in 2008, when she won a beauty contest, received the title of “Miss Elegance” and had to sing “Ever Green” (Barbra Streisand) in front of everyone in the event. Her performance made the heads of the event and the audience very impressed. Since then, Deborah did not stop singing.
When Michael Jackson died, she wrote lyrics for the song “He is out of our lives”. Then she showed the lyrics to her producer Rich Wenzel with one thing on her mind: seize the moment and record her first album that would include all the songs she had the opportunity to talk about in the company of Michael Jackson. “Michael had so much interest in Brazil and we had the oportunity to talk about the culture as well the beauty and the versatility of the Brazilian music”, said Deborah.
The singer’s first album, in addition to Brazilian songs, also includes the songs in English, “Ben” and “Smile” by Michael Jackson. “I include these two songs in honor of Michael as these two songs meant a lot to him! Once I asked what Ben meant, and he answered me: Ben is a meaning for a rejected person, add Deborah.
A few years later, she recorded her second album with her Brazilian friend, musician, and Los Angeles resident, Antonio Carlos Santa’nna, however the album was not finalized because of his tragic death. With the help of another musician and producer, Pablo Medina, she could finally finalize her second album, “incredible Yesterday” that have fifteen songs.
More recently (2018), she has completed another project. A vinyl album with 5 songs titled “You and I” and that was remixed by talented Japanese producer Yuki Takahashi. Her next album, coming up soon, will have Brazilian musician Rick Pantoja as the producer. She comments that her musical projects will continue as long as she has the strength to sing. “I love music, I love to sing to the world. Working rejuvenates my spirit and singing feeds my soul”, complements Debora Di-Maski. .