Shepperton based Vocaltutor Associate Teacher DEBI DOSS has just released her new EP 'Debi Does'. You can buy the EP from iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/debi-does-ep/id926521513

DEBI DOSS was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, but from an early age her musical taste was always English. As a twelve-year-old the first single she purchased was 'Well Respected Man' by The Kinks.

Little did she know that she would be hired as a backing singer for the group eight years and several thousand miles later! Debi heard that Ray Davies ofThe Kinks was planning to tour a musical theatre piece called 'Preservation' with six singers and a horn section, so she auditioned and got the job. For the next 3\/2 years she performed as a backing vocalist with The Kinks, touring the US and Europe.

She also toured as a backing singer for the next 10 years with artists including The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Heat Wave, Hot Chocolate and Kajagoogoo, as well as working as a session singer. You can hear her vocal contribution on the 1979 No.1 hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" with The BuggIes. You can also see her in the video (the one on the right), which was the first ever to be shown on MTV in the US in 1981.

She has recorded with artists such as David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Mike Oldfield, Colin Blunstone, Ultravox, Chris de Burgh, Twiggy, Cilla Black, Bill Wyman (The Rhythm Kings), The Pet Shop Boys and BuggIes colleague Geoff Downes.

In 2004, she performed with Trevor Hom in his 25th anniversary concert for the Prince's Trust and sang again with The Buggies and also with Dollar, The Art of Noise, Propaganda, ABC, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Pet Shop Boys and Lisa Stansfield. The highlight of the evening was being presented to, and sharing a special moment with, HRH Prince Charles.

Debi is a performer and writer in her own right and has acted in musicals and on film and television, including comedy sketches with Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and Lee Evans. Her work as a session singer includes award wirming television commercials and voice-overs.

Debi continues to perform live and has sung with The Kastoff Kinks in the UK and Europe for over 10 years and on occasion Ray Davies joins them on stage. In September 2010 Debi appeared with The BuggIes for a one-off fundraising concert in London.

The EP ''DEBI DOES.... "was conceived when Debi decided it was finally her tum to break away from singing backing vocals and sing lead vocals herself. As a tribute to the artists who have had an impact on her professional life, she recorded her very own stripped down version of Trevor Hom's No 1 song, "Video Killed the Radio Star': with Phil Palmer on guitar (who not only worked with Debi in The BuggIes but also is Ray Davies' nephew). The track was recorded at Konk Studios, where she used to work with The Kinks.

Ray Davies gave Debi her first proper professional singing job in his touring musical of 'Preservation' in the US in 1974. Fast forward 40 years and Debi pays tribute to Ray's songwriting skills recording the wonderful classic" Waterloo Sunset': She also covers the ballad "Nothing Lasts Forever"from Ray's musical 'Preservation'. Debi played Ray the tracks she had recorded at Konk and he encouraged her to "now write some of your own". So she did! She decided to try her songwriting skills along with writing in another language and the French ballad "Ie Chante"was written. Finally, Debi composed the short musical phrase "FlyHigh (part l)"as a memorial tribute to her young, 20-year-old nephew, Scotty, who tragically drowned in Big River, outside St. Louis, in June of this year.