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|Birth name||Deborah Francine Coleman|
|Born||October 3, 1956|
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||April 12, 2018 (aged 61)|
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
|Labels||Blind Pig, Telarc, JSP, Ruf|
Deborah Coleman (October 3, 1956 – April 12, 2018) was an American blues musician. Coleman won the Orville Gibson Award for "Best Blues Guitarist, Female" in 2001, and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Music Award nine times.
Coleman was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in a music-loving military 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 played guitar and keyboards, Deborah picked up guitar at age eight. She graduated in 1974 from Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. She worked in various professions, including as a master electrician, before pursuing a career in the music business.
She played at top music venues: 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), and the Fountain Blues Festival (1998).
Coleman's Blind Pig debut, I Can't Lose (1997), was an album of ballads, blues stories, guitar playing and singing. Her version of Billie Holiday's "Fine and Mellow" was heard on college and public radio stations around the U.S. The album Soul Be It (2002) included the opener "Brick", "My Heart Bleeds Blue", "Don't Lie to Me," and a jump blues track, "I Believe". These was followed by What About Love? (2004) and Stop the Game (2007). Time Bomb (2007) featured three women blues musicians: Coleman, Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin.
|1995||Takin' a Stand||Blues/Rock||New Moon|
|1997||I Can't Lose||Blues-Rock||Blind Pig|
|1998||Where Blue Begins||Blues/Rock||Blind Pig|
|2000||Soft Place to Fall||Blues/Rock||Blind Pig|
|2001||Livin' on Love||Blues/Rock||New Moon|
|2002||Soul Be It||Blues/Rock||Blind Pig|
|2004||What About Love?||Blues||Telarc|
|2007||Stop the Game||Blues/Rock||JSP|
|2007||Time Bomb||Blues Rock||Ruf (Idn)||with Sue Foley & Roxanne Potvin|
- RIP Deborah Coleman, Making a Scene!, April 13, 2018
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- "Leap in the Dark: Music Review: Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, and Roxanne Potvin Time Bomb". Archived from the original on June 2, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2007.