Debbie Richards, singer, songwriter

Shut off the Chatter

‘Shut off the chatter’ is referring to the ‘little voice’ we have going round in our heads. I was also doing a lot of Cabaret work when originally recording this album and the title ‘Shut off the Chatter’ also referred to the constant talking and chatter in some of the places I performed in. The album is an autobiography of my life from around 1993 to 2004.  I revamped the arrangements of all the songs in 2012 and you now hear the latest version. I arrange all the parts using a music sequencer – Cubase and I use the piano as the main source in my composition process. I then take the arrangement into the studio to record vocals and live instruments such as the Saxophone I play on ‘Follow You’ and the Clarinet on ‘Insensitive’. We then mix it and master it – well I leave that to Ian at Whitby Studios and I just listen and instruct ‘louder’ no ‘quieter’…well I suppose it’s a bit more sophisticated than that!

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  1. Chris, February 25, 2012:

    I love these songs, wonderful melody (particularly little voice which is fantastic) and understanding where the lyrics originate makes them even more special. Amazing Debs – just amazing.

  2. Val-15 March 2012, March 15, 2012:

    I couldn’t wait to get home to see this fantastic website – I’m so so proud of you, all the songs are just fantastic,especially ‘my nightingale’… you are my beautiful daughter who is so talented. It is amazing.

  3. tony knowles, April 19, 2012:

    Love the revamped Album Debs.
    Your talents are growing day by day

  4. Charls, April 20, 2012:

    These Songs are fantastic !! I can not stop listening to them . They put a smile on my face everday while driving to work .:) 🙂 I’m so lucky to have a beautifully talented aunty like you in my life .

  5. Review, June 22, 2012:

    Following with another of her own, “Fall Apart” is dappled with shades of the Annie Lennox, with similar vocal power and poignant lilts. Debbie’s lyrical alliteration is inventive with fitting run-on poetics and words of more than two, certainly up to five syllables.
    Review © 2012 Amanda DeAngeles

  6. paul salvi, September 5, 2012:

    This is absolutely amazing!!!
    Reminds me of Tori Amos without the madness

  7. Ian.D.Hall, July 29, 2013:

    It is Ms. Richards own compositions though that should more admired. The indelible creative streak that is evident as she performs them is admirable and the tracks Wrong Place, the excellent Follow You and the set closer Go Away were well received and in the case of Follow You would send tiny shivers up and down the spine as she sang the unrelenting lyrics.

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