“De’Borah has one of those voices that makes you stop everything and just listen, until you emerge trancelike from the other side wondering whether it felt like a second or a lifetime.”
- Fresh On The Net
Brought up on a nourishing diet of Gospel music and Stevie Wonder classics; with a dose of Joni Mitchell-influenced story-telling, De’Borah is a singer-songwriter whose longevity is all but assured.
Encouraged by her father, De’Borah began writing and singing her own songs at 11 years old, before she was given a guitar at the age of 13. Fast-forward to her college days at the BRIT School, 16 year-old De’Borah was already playing live shows, thinking nothing of the almost vertical learning curve. She has since played live shows across London, New York, Bulgaria and Germany.
Having received airplay on BBC Radio 6Music, BBC Radio London and XFM, De’Borah’s music has justifiably earned her a lot of respect within the industry. Ivor Novello-winning Chris Difford (Squeeze) described her as a “delicate and perfect writer”, while BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley praised what he calls “a wonderful purity to her voice and songs.”
It’s easy to see why she’s earned such praise. De’Borah’s lyrics are captivating, thought-provoking and emotive, she paints vivid, mesmeric pictures with her songwriting that stay with you for days, and her use of imagery and wordplay is so endearing and charming you can’t help but give her your undivided attention.
Definitive songs like ‘Three Word Phrase’ and ‘Just A Boy’ show that what makes De’Borah special is her uncanny ability to tap into the most fundamental of human experiences: heartache, alienation and burning love. “I have a vulnerability about me,” she says “and I really believe that not only does vulnerability connect with people but it’s quite empowering. That’s what runs through my music.”
Balancing softly sung lyrics with powerful songwriting and potent, unforgettable melodies, De’Borah’s are songs that will outlive trends and buzz; they are songs with longevity that will be as potent and relevant in 50 years’ time as they are now.