Debby Boone

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Debby Boone on the cover of her 2001 collection You Light Up My Life: Greatest Inspirational Songs

Debby Boone (b. September 22, 1956) is an American singer and theater actress, best known for her 1977 movie theme and hit, "You Light Up My Life," which sold 4 million copies and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the charts. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, she was the daughter of a famous singer, 1950s icon Pat Boone, and later added to her musical relations by marrying Gabriel Ferrer, brother of actor Miguel Ferrer and son of Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer.

When asked who "lit up her life," Debby said she was singing about God, but the popularity of her first hit grew to be an annoyance. "Nobody would let me do anything else," she says. "It got a little frustrating. On TV, they would let me sing another song if I sang that one. It was never even my favorite song to begin with."

Boone is no one-hit wonder, reaching No. 1 on the country charts a few years later with "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again". She was a major presence on the Christian-music scene in the 1980s, winning two Dove Awards to add to her three Grammys.

In 2005 Boone released a new album on the Concord label, "Reflections of Rosemary." The CD is a tribute to her late mother-in-law.

Theater kept Boone busy in the 1990s. She earned solid reviews in the touring companies of The King and I, The Sound of Music and Grease and did "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on Broadway.

Boone has recorded songs for children and written several children's books with illustrations by Gabriel Ferrer. The mother of four once told an interviewer, "I would be happy at a piano bar, singing. I just want to home in on being the best singer I can be."


Solo Album Discography

  • 1977 You Light Up My Life
  • 1978 Midstream
  • 1979 Debby Boone
  • 1980 Love Has No Reason
  • 1980 With My Song
  • 1981 Savin' It Up
  • 1983 Surrender
  • 1985 Choose Life
  • 1987 Friends For Life
  • 1989 Be Thou My Vision
  • 1989 Home For Christmas
  • 2005 Reflections of Rosemary

(excludes compilations, repackagings and children's albums)

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