Saturday, June 24, 2017

Biography

Deb's musical heritage comes from 3 generations of performers and musicians. Her great grandfather in Finland, was a shoemaker and a popular violinist. Her grandmother was a pianist and singer in Toronto and her mother and aunt, Florence and Andrea Hansen, are professonal violinists. They entertained for many years as a successful variety club act called the "Hansen Sisters". The Hansen Sisters were very much in demand for corporate shows, concerts, television, radio and for the CBC shows for Canada's UN troops.

Deb began singing for the public, in Toronto, at age 5 when her grandmother often set her in front of her Church ladies’ meetings and accompanied her on the piano. At 14, Deb studied several instruments, including accordion, piano and guitar. She was featured playing and singing in high school talent shows and concerts (North Toronto CI and Forest Heights CI). While studying at University of Guelph, Deb was a regular performer on campus in the coffee houses. After graduation, she joined  several top 40 bands and was on the road touring around Canada, playing in local night spots.

A whole new musical experience began when Deb teamed up with her violinist mom, combining 2 generations of musical experience and styles and playing music for private parties, weddings and special events. With some German heritage, Deb also easily mastered German and Alpine music, songs and yodeling for Oktoberfest celebrations and created the Alpine International Show with her mother, traveling and performing throughout North America.
Adding Deb's daughter, Lindsay Jones, in 1989, they became a 3 generation family Alpine variety show performing at many festivals, state fairs and corporate events. They also worked on television and cruise ships in the Caribbean and Alaska. A very unique, entertaining live show, their combined talents included Alpine Cowbells, Swiss Alphorn, singing, yodeling, fiddling, guitar and much more.

Drawing from all her musical experiences, Deb has developed a highly successful solo career, specializing in family entertainment shows for seniors, schools, churches, corporate and community events. Her credits have included working on television shows such as SCTV with SCHMENGE BROTHERS, John Candy and Eugene Levy on the CBC series Wind At My Back. She has also entertained on cruise ships and at festivals, state fairs and large concert stages throughout North America.

 In 2011, 2012 & 2013, Deb was a finalist and placed first in the Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest, became Parry Sound Idol in 2011. In 2012, was a Toronto Finalist for Canada’s Got Talent.

With a strong faith and desire to encourage others, growing out of her own personal challenges, Deb began a music and speaking ministry. She is often invited to share music and testimony with seniors church groups and faith communties.

Deb lives in the community of Shawanaga First Nation on beautiful Georgian Bay. When not performing, she travels across Canada, teaching singing, fiddle and guitar to First Nations’, Inuit and Metis children and youth with an award winning music program called Strings Across the Sky, founded by her aunt Andre Hansen Deb is also the Executive Director of Strings Across the Sky.  

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