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Debra Byrd

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Debra Byrd
Byrd on Military Idol
Byrd on Military Idol
Background information
Born(1951-07-19)July 19, 1951
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 5, 2024(2024-03-05) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresSoul, adult contemporary
Occupation(s)Singer, actress

Debra Byrd (July 19, 1951 – March 5, 2024) was an American vocalist who worked with Barry Manilow in and after Lady Flash and Bob Dylan, appeared on Broadway, and served as the head vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, also singing backup for the contestants. Byrd helped with vocals on the Hub Television Series "Majors and Minors".

In her later years, she served as vocal coach for ten seasons of American Idol, as well as the short-lived American Juniors, and all six seasons of Canadian Idol. In late 2006 she helped judge Military Idol, a singing competition where all contestants are members of the U.S. Army.

Byrd died on March 5, 2024, at the age of 72.[1]


  1. ^ Haring, Bruce (March 6, 2024). "Debra Byrd Dies: 'American Idol' And 'The Voice' Vocal Coach Was 72". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 6, 2024.

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