Debbie Schippers

FRESH: ‘Why Can’t You Love Me?’ – Debbie Schippers

Debbie Schippers asks “Why Can’t You Love Me?”

To not only be in possession of a remarkable musical talent, but to be able to wield it with such a powerful self-assurance and confidence at only 22 years of age is what marks Debbie Schippers out as a young woman with a very exciting future ahead of her. She just released her new single “Why Can’t You Love Me?” and it’s soooooo good.

Despite her youth, the Dutch born singer-songwriter has already racked up an impressive amount of experience. Debbie spent her childhood feeding an ever-increasing appetite for performing by playing in various bands around her hometown in Germany and recording her first demos in her basement with her father. Quickly realising that her ambition lay rooted in music, Schippers took the bold step of moving to Berlin on her 18th birthday in order to launch herself into a full-time music career.

Citing soul music as one of her main influences during her formative years, Schippers’ powerful vocal melodies reflect her admiration for strong female vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston. Debbie is gearing up to release her first EP, born out of many years of gigging, growing and carefully fostering her sound. Whilst her powerful vocals are instantly reminiscent of her soul singing heroines, it is impossible to ignore the love of live music and instrumentation that heavily influences the energy and creative direction of the EP, with Schippers nodding to old rock bands such as The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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