Debra Williams' latest CD, “Blue Skies, “ (2014) was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. The CD features Debra singing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook as well as top-notch jazz musicians backing her, including Joe Davidian (piano), Michael Rinne (upright bass), Joshua Hunt (drums), Matt Buchbinder (saxophone) and Oscar Utterstrom (trombone/arrangements). Her producer for this project was Nashville-based jazz vocalist Christina Watson.
Debra earned a Master's Degree in Music from Georgia State University and graduated with honors (Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Lambda). Her undergraduate studies include music degrees from Columbia College and North Greenville University. She earned music scholarships and toured with the groups the Hi-Cs and Joyful Sound. She served as the president of Hi-Cs, and she was president and student conductor of the Concert Choir. At Columbia College, she was awarded the Frank Z. Harris Award for Outstanding Performer of Opera and Musicals.
Debra performs regularly throughout the Southeastern United States. While in Nashville, she performed jazz and taught piano and voice. Before that, she toured and recorded with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has performed song and dance at Six Flags Over Georgia's Crystal Pistol Palace. Debra has sung various roles in opera and musical productions in her home of South Carolina. Her experience also includes commercial work and acting in the SCETV production, "It's A Rainbow World." While living in Nashville, she played "extra" roles in the ABC series "Nashville" as well as other Nashville-based film projects. As a pianist, she has played for various private parties at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta as well as regularly at galas for the esteemed Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville.