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A Grammy-nominated musician and Berklee graduate, Deborah Pierre, who performs as Debo Ray, is a leading vocalist in Boston and New York’s jazz and world music circles. A composer at heart, she is best known for the unique way she embraces and expresses the music she creates, as well as for her style of blending theory with emotion in her performances. A spirited and cooperative collaborator, she has shared stages with multiple Grammy winners, including Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez, and Terri Lyne Carrington; performed at top venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Newport Jazz Festival; and has toured internationally. She believes her mission is to spread the joy of music without compromising skill and nuance, and as part of that mission, she aims to create a sound that feels both relatable and universal.
"My role as a vocal instructor is to create a haven in which you can identify your vocal needs through understanding foundational vocal technique. I work hard to create a learning environment that fosters curiosity and vocal innovation, then I'll engage your natural curiosity about the material I present and take that curiosity to the next level."
"After my time as a student at Berklee, I established a full-time singing career that has taken me all over the world to perform. It is because of my foundation at the college, as well as the hard-earned lessons from the road, that I can help to shape my students with tools they'll need to be successful in the music industry."