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 Debbie continues to perform with her daughter Camille Sledge, nephew Thaddeus Sledge and artist Tanya Tiet, to enthusiastic audiences all over the world.
In addition to touring with her family, Debbie has performed world wide as a jazz artist, exploring loved classics and lesser-known gems close to her heart. Influenced by legendary Artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Little Jimmy Scott and many others who’s unique, free and creative approaches fuelled her journey developing her own vocal style.
She released her first solo debut CD in 2014 "Unsung", a mellow collection of classic love songs such as “Fever” and “Besame Mucho”, as well as two of Debbie’s originals, - “Murky” and “My Theme”.
Subsequent solo releases include ‘Debbie Sledge with the Niels lan Doky Trio Live at the Standard, featuring Niels Lan Doky (Piano), Graig Earle (Bass) and Niclas Bardeleben (Drums) and the single release 'Never Change' with Netherlands composer/arranger, Dolf de Vies. In 2020 'Sledge Sings Simone' was released - a live recorded tribute to Nina Simone with maestro Niels Lan Doky and his International Jazz Collective including Francois Moutin (Bass) and Victor Jones (Drums).
Some of the artists Debbie is inspired by include her late sister Joni Sledge, her daughter Camille Sledge, Dominic Amato, The Tavares, The Emotions and George McCray,
Debbie strives to live by her sister Joni's motto:
'Nothing is Greater Than Love'.