With musical roots in Alabama, Texas, and Arkansas (Cochran smiles as she claims, “three doses of the southern draw”) Debbie and her family would gather around the piano singing their original songs and beautiful harmonies. Those key-based instruments opened the flood gates to a lifelong passion for instrumental and vocal discovery. Throughout her musical journey, Debbie learned to play the piano, mountain dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar while honing her talents as a songwriter.
Her style would be described as a golden gospel voice with traditional country undertones. Debbie anchors her sounds in her church reared impressionable years and her love of early Reba McEntire and Martina McBride tracks.
Debbie’s dream of writing and singing songs on that “Nashville Stage” gave her the courage to open the doors to recording her very first album with Kent Wells (Dolly Parton, Neal McCoy & Michael Peterson), who inspired the whole project with four simple but prophetic words, “It’s Never Too Late,” which was the first of Debbie’s songs to play on the radio and also earned her the DisCovery Award given by Robert K. Oermann of Music Row Magazine.
Before turning to the production ears of Kent Wells to guide her, the only outlet she had to share her music with the world was on a stage that her husband built in their hometown of Batesville, AR. When Debbie isn’t on stage, she spends her autumn years traveling the world with her husband in an RV. Debbie’s story and music is one that has spread smiles and serves as a testament to the vitality of the human spirit. She lives her lyrics every day that she steps in the studio writes a new song or hits the lights center stage.