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Deborah was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in a music-loving family that lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Bremerton, Washington, and the Chicago area. With her father playing piano, two brothers on guitar, and a sister who plays guitar and keyboards, Deborah felt natural with an instrument in her hands, picking up guitar at age 8. Her work has been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Tracy Chapman, and she is known for high energy, charismatic, crowd-pleasing performances.
Coleman has become one of the most sought-after blues artists on the scene. Coleman stretches out in a live setting and demonstrates both her fluid, vocals and her guitar skills. She has played at the top music venues such as North Atlantic Blues Festival 2007, Waterfront Blues Festival 2002, the Monterey Jazz Festival 2001, Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 2000, Sarasota Blues Festival 1999, the San Francisco Blues Festival 1999, Fountain Blues Festival 1998, and others.
Coleman's Blind Pig debut, I Can't Lose (1997), is an album of ballads and blues stories, and guitar playing and singing. Her version of Billie Holiday's "Fine and Mellow" got a lot of airplay on college and public radio stations around the U.S. On "Soul Be It" (2002), a well-rounded live set by her quartet, there are many highlights, including the opener ("Brick"), the minor-toned blues "My Heart Bleeds Blue", the bluish romp "Don't Lie to Me," and a jump blues, "I Believe". This set serves as an introduction to the music of Coleman. These were followed by What About Love? (2004) and Stop the Game in (2007). Time Bomb (2007) features three women blues musicians: Deborah Coleman, Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin