While you might not know the name Debra-Jean Creelman, there’s a sense of familiarity upon hearing her sing. It may be the deeply powerful and intimate nature of her voice that makes you feel like she’s singing the truths of the world directly to your soul, or it may be the fact that she has leant her voice to a bevvy of notable Canadian acts.
Starting as a founding member of Canadian indie-pop act Mother Mother, Creelman moved on after several albums to focus on her solo career, and has since been featured on recordings and in performances with Frazey Ford, the Wooden Sky, The Crackling, Louise Burns, Aidan Knight, Dustin Bentall, and Pugs and Crows. Her own projects have ranged from Debra-Jean and the Means, a hard hitting guitar led indie rock band that placed her in the prestigious PEAK Performance Project, to Debra-Jean and the Dreams, a cover band focusing on folk and doo-wop covers that has been a featured act at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. Regardless of the setting, what consistently stands out is Debra-Jean’s commanding vocal presence, that can take you from a whispered secret to a howling lament in the blink of an eye. Paired with her pointed, whip-smart lyrics, a performance by Debra-Jean is one you simply cannot look away from.
Most recently Debra-Jean has been invited to participate in Light Organ Records’ Railtown Sessions, a series of recordings by Vancouver songwriters that showcases a raw yet polished collection of each artist’s style and voice. Produced by Colin Stewart and Andy Bishop, and recorded with the Railtown Sessions house band (Matt Kelly, Colin Cowan, Erik Nielsen, Leon Power and Rolla Olak), 4 or Debra-Jean’s original songs have been released digitally and on a limited release vinyl, available at lightorganrecords.com/store.