Hits and Holidays is a collection of re-mixed, re-sung and/or re-mastered audience favorites in a variety of musical stylings. Each of the songs is paired with various holidays throughout the year... a holiday for every hit! The CD features a duet with Tom Paxton on a song they wrote together (Marry Me Again); and includes guest appearances by Doc Watson (Pie, Keep on the Sunny Side), Mike Auldridge (Pampa Texas, Cupid), Al Petteway (Pampa Texas, Mother's Hands, Haunted, Angel in My Arms), Mark O'Connor (The Traveler, Sunny Side), three of the Four Bitchin' Babes (Pass it On) and The Smith Sisters (The Traveler, Sunny Side). The bottom line: Whether it’s a holiday or not, Smith’s latest album is a hit. " - Nancy Dunham (Folking.com, No Depression Magazine) "Debi has a seriously great voice; it has depth, power, clarity, and chutzpah. No wonder she’s both a beloved solo performer and a mainstay of Four Bitchin’ Babes and The Smith Sisters. If you’ve any doubt about how good she really is, listen to her out-muscle a string orchestra on “O Holy Night.” We’re talking diva territory on that one. -Rob Weir
Debi's album "Deep Tracks" is a sampling of Deep Tracks in every sense: from past tracks (& technology!) never released, live tracks tucked away in the vaults, a few tracks buried deep on other releases, to new tracks delving into deeper thoughts and topics.
Songs include: "Different," a song inspired by Debi's son with autism and the great minds that think differently; "Grandma's Dust Bowl Diary," inspired by her Nebraskan Grandmother’s writings; "Caverns" about an un-beckoned memory; "The Garden," a healing meditation; "Gone, Gone," dedicated to the memory of Doc and Merle Watson (who gave Debi's sister Megan and her, The Smith Sisters, a start in their career) with inspiration from the Roches; "Comin' Home," about a drive home from touring; "The Bodhran Lesson Song," Debi's Bodhran history, complete with lesson; an early Smith Sisters recording; and "Little Stars” with The Four Bitchin’ Babes. Includes live recordings, special guests and musicians such as Al Petteway, Mike Auldridge, Merle Watson, Sam Bush, Billy Kemp, Marcy Marxer, Megon McDonough, Billy Kemp, T. Michael Coleman, The Four Bitchin' Babes and more.
DEBI'S HOLIDAY CD "IF I WERE AN ANGEL" SELECTED AS 2014 "PICK" BY THE WASHINGTON TIMES "The good news for holiday lovers is that there are some artists who release holiday albums that bring a joyous, modern sound to the season.... Here is (one of ) our new favorites: Smith has turned her lush, three-octave vocals and songwriting prowess toward making our holiday season bright. Ms. Smith's latest 14-track offering, her first composing and performing with an orchestra, includes only one traditional carol, the magnificently presented 'O Holy Night.' But her original songs are crafted with just the right mix of fresh perspective, from 'Snow, Snow, Snow,' a midtempo romp of caroling, cocoa and snow, to a soulful rendering of 'A Baby Cries.' A true delight of modern holiday music."
"In My Dreams" is Debi Smith's first solo CD. It is co-produced with John Jennings (grammy-award winning Mary Chapin Carpenter producer), who plays on 3 cuts, and Dan Green. Guitarist extraordinaire Al Petteway plays on many of the cuts, and has a large influence on the album, as well as stellar dobro player, Mike Auldridge. Stand out songs include one about her Nebraskan father ("My Father Was a Quiet Man"), "Pampa Texas" about a couple struggling in a small town, "Canary's Song", written by Buddy Mondlock and Garth Brooks (before he was 'Garth'), and "In My Dreams", one of Debi's most requested songs, which she plays on the Irish bodhran.
Debi Smith's fifth solo CD, a 2-CD set called "The Soprano," features Debi's "pristine and soaring soprano" voice (The Washington Post). The songs on CD One range from a stunning take on Bizet's saucy "Habanera" to Celtic classics "Wild Mountain Thyme" to traditional favorite "Shenandoah," and the National Anthem to original compositions such as "Dylan's Poetry, " "In My Dreams" (featuring Debi on Irish bodhran) and "Italy and France" (a moving ballad about Debi's experience of having a child with Autism). CD Two features Christmas music and carols such as "Silent Night," "Greensleeves (What Child is This)," "O Holy Night," and Debi's original Christmas songs. Both feature the stellar musicianship of Grammy winners Al Petteway, Marcy Marxer, and Mark O'Connor. Debi produced and arranged "The Soprano," engineered by Grammy winner Jim Robeson at Bias Studio in Springfield, Virginia.
Debi Smith's second album, "More Than Once," marked her debut on the Shanachie label, and won the Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for "Best Contemporary Folk Album." Her version of Shenandoah is a favorite among fans and reviewers alike. Her song, Virginia, was chosen as a finalist for the Virginia state song. Mother's Hands, a song about discovering our parents in ourselves is one of her most requested songs. Al Petteway plays on this album, once again adding shimmering guitar work to many of the cuts, including "Snowbound", "Hang the Moon", and "Intertwined".
"Red Bird Red", Debi Smith's third solo CD on Shanachie, was selected as one of the years best by the Washington Post. It is a thoughtful, powerful record, stylishly produced by Ronn Price and wonderfully performed by an impressive ensemble of Nashville regulars, including guitarist Pat Buchanan and mandolin/fiddle player Tammy Rogers. Smith's writing is often deeply moving. Emotionally and musically rich songs like "Red Bird Red," "God Help Us," "Niagara Falls," and "Slipping Away," written with Tom Paxton, focus on topics that really matter, whether Smith is invoking her father's favorite saying, recalling a first love, or breathing life into a faded picture of her grandparents. Her well-crafted songs celebrate personal renewal, family and community, and the sanctity of love from generation to generation, but also consider the fleetness of youth, the ravages of time, and the finality of loss. As expected, Smith's three-octave voice is joy to listen to, both on her folk-pop ballads and rock & rollers, such as the Cajun-flavored "Chevy Impala." The operatic closer, Puccini's O Mio Babino Caro, in tribute to her son, reveals the depth of her powers.
Debi's fourth solo CD, Cupid, released in January 2005, has been called "an incredible CD...truly memorable...nothing short of amazing" by Music Monthly Magazine, and "colorful...lovely...clever... not to be missed" by The Washington Post. Co-produced by Debi with Billy Kemp, Cupid includes appearances by Doc Watson, Kemp, pianist Jon Carroll, and dobroist Mike Auldridge.