Debbie Sledge is an accomplished vocalist and recording artist who has been mesmerizing audiences since the early 1970s. She is a principal member and vocal director of the group she began with her siblings, the Grammy-nominated Sister Sledge, who hit the top of the charts with worldwide hits such as “We Are Family”, “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, “Lost in the Music”, and “Thinking of You”. These songs made global superstars of the quartet, and today they continue to perform (as a trio) to enthusiastic audiences all over the world.
Of late, Debbie has stepped out on her own as well, exploring the jazz classics and lesser-known gems close to her heart. Influenced by the artistry of legendary jazz greats such as Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Little Jimmy Scott and many others who were pivotal to her artistic development, her silky vocal style - likened to a waterfall by more than one critic, - soothes and enraptures listeners, transporting them to the intimate jazz clubs of New York, and Paris.
In 2014, she released "Unsung", a mellow debut solo collection of spiritual and love songs such as “Fever”, “Get Out of Town”, “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life”, “But Beautiful”, the deeply affecting “Once I Loved”, the inspirational “Jesus the Way”; and the sultry “Besame Mucho”, as well as two self composed originals, - the thought provoking “Murky” and the catchy “My Theme”.
In November 2016, a new LP was released entitiled 'Debbie Sledge with the Niels Lan Doky Trio Live at the Standard'. Featuring the Maestro , Niels Lan Doky on piano, Graig Earl on bass, and Nicklas Bardeleben on drums. ( For more info go to )
Debbie is never more vibrant than when performing before a live audience, receiving standing ovations and raving reviews at prestigious venues around the world, including Toomlers in Amsterdam Holland, the Club Domicile in Pforzheim Germany, the Cotton Club New York, Ronnie Scott's , London, UK, Sunside Sunset Jazz Club, Paris ,France and the Standard Jazz Club in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she has performed several successful runs with the brilliant Niels Lan Doky Trio. (Niels Lan Doky pianist, Tobias Dall bassist, and Nicklas Bardeleben drums ).
Upcoming projects include a live recording of Debbie's debut concert performance at the New York Cotton Club featuring the Cotton Club All Stars orchestra and the Second Generation Silver Belles among other top guest artist!
Also watch for an upcoming project to bring a taste of New York sounds and rhythms to the Carolinas with Jazz Like Me, an ensemble performance that takes listeners on an exciting musical journey through song and dance remmenisant of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1940's and 50's. Jazz Like Me showcases Debbie performing alongside some of the finest musicians, artist and performers, including pianist Aaron Graves, bassist Stanley Banks (George Benson), drummer Kevin Scott (Sister Sledge and many others), Matt Gollehon trumpet (Sister Sledge, Chic), John Simon alto sax (the NY Cotton Club All Stars), and Dominic Amato sax (MD for Sister Sledge).
In Jazz Like Me, Debbie will also perform alongside guests artist including her daughter, Camille Sledge (we are still family, naturally), and multitalented vocalist Ty Stephens. Also, the brassy dance troupe Second Generation Silver Belles, will be performing authentic dance routines once performed in the prestigious Jazz clubs of Harlem New York.