Exploring themes of identity, love and faith, singer songwriter Deborah Crooks spans a wide emotional range in both her performance and recording work. Each of her songs demonstrates a careful attention to lyric honed by Deborah's lifetime of writing and she's drawn comparison by listeners to such estimable writers as Lucinda Williams. A true artist with soul.
"And what a fine song stylist she is, sounding like Chrissie Hynde at her late 80s peak as a vocalist.." -- Lucid Culture
"An honest singer/songwriter who'll seduce you with her smoky voice...."
"...a more diverse take on Americana with a distinctly female tone, and quite charming." -- East Bay Express
"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound
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PERFORMING SONGWRITER Deborah Cr
California songwriter Deborah Crooks is an intimate and edgy artist whose lyric driven and soul-wise music has drawn comparison to Lucinda Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Natalie Merchant. Singing about faith, love and loss, her lyrics are honed by a lifetime of writing and world travel while her music draws on folk, rock, Americana and the blues. The California native released her first EP "5 Acres" in 2003 (produced by Roberta Donnay), which caught the attention of Rocker Girl Magazine, selecting it for the RockerGirl Discoveries Cd. In 2007, she teamed up with local producer Ben Bernstein to complete 2007's "Turn It All Red" Ep and inaugurate work on a full-length disc. The resulting "Adding Water to the Ashes" garnered positive reviews from the blogosphere and beyond as well as national airplay. Recently Deborah was awarded a Bay Bridged Recording Grant to return to the studio to begin work on a follow-up song collection. The result, the 7-song "It's All Up to You" was released March 2010.
Deborah's many performance credits include an appearance at the 2006 Millennium Music Conference, the RockerGirl Magazine Music Convention, IndieGrrl, at several of the Annual Invasion of the GoGirls at SXSW in Austin, TX, the Harmony Festival and 2009's California Music Fest as well as MacWorld 2010. She also has appeared at a host of community and cause-related events, including Twestival, Art Not Arms and benefits for Operation Shanti.
An active member of the San Francisco songwriting and arts community, Deborah frequently collaborates in the studio and onstage. Songs she wrote with Alex Walsh for the 2009 RPM challenged became the Crooks/Walsh Blues EP and several songs were rearranged with the band for the new EP. Likewise, she toured the Northwest as part "Indie Abundance™ Music, Money & Mindfulness" a campaign she co-founded with two other Bay Area artists, and followed up with The Great Idea Tour of the Southwest in March 2010 with Jean Mazzei. She's also co-hosted the local chapter of Songsalive!, participates in the ongoing Bay Area Song Collective and co-writes with many other artists. Notable side collaborations have included co-writing with Pop Tuna's B.Z. Lewis (inc. the tracks "You Are Home" which was chosen for both the Java with Jahvalin Indie Artist CD 2005 and the Indie Music for Life); and collaboration with Stefan Gustafsson (Luminous Family Trust) on several soon to be released tunes.