'Debra Salem is a singer in the truest sense of the word, whose approach to singing is very much an art form in itself. She doesn't just carelessly trot out a melody, but really gets inside the song and inhabits every little corner of the story, fleshing out the characters of a song and the emotions contained therein.'

(Mike Wilson review from Celtic Connections 2009)

Her style draws from both the folk and jazz genres and embraces 'anything else that works'. Debra's original songs deal in singable melodies and word play and are hard to define into any particular genre.

This range of styles is particularly evident in 'The Sma Room Seance' - the show which she originated and which was part of the Made in Scotland showcase for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here Debra, Kevin MacKenzie an Paul Harrison set to music a number of poems by William Soutar - the songs all written with her in mind.

As well as her own gigs she has sung backing vocals with Dougie MaClean on his Rural Image tour, and also with Fraser Anderson. She sang the part of 'Jazz Singer' with the Ulster Orchestra's performance of Terry Riley's 'In C' and in In 2008 she was Danny Kyle Open Stage winner at Celtic Connections.

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