Debbie Gibson was born on August 31, 1970, in Brooklyn, New York, the third of Diane and Joseph Gibson’s four daughters. She grew up in the Long Island town of Merrick, New York, and studied piano with noted classical pianist Morton Estrin.
Debbie Gibson: A Career in Music
Gibson started creating and recording her own music years before she hit the Billboard Hot 100. When she was fourteen, she discovered her demo cassette in the hands of a popular radio presenter.
The DJ shared it with an Atlantic Records executive, and her original song “Only in My Dreams” immediately helped her earn a development agreement.
She started a promotional tour of locations around the United States. She spent the majority of 1986 and 1987 expanding her songwriting catalog while continuing to tour.
Debbie’s mother accompanied her to her club dates. She continued to attend studies at Calhoun High School in Merrick, New York, at the same time. She went on to graduate with honors.
“Only in My Dreams” charted on the Billboard Hot 100 following its promotional release. Atlantic signed Gibson to a recording contract and began work on her debut album.
“Only in My Dreams” gained traction on Top 40 radio and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her next hit was “Shake Your Love,” which included a music video choreographed by Paula Abdul.
In 1987, she was still singing in nightclubs across the United States while also releasing her debut album. “Out of the Blue” was completed in four weeks, and four singles from the album charted in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100.
Debbie became the youngest artist to compose, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit in 1988 with her song “Foolish Beat,” which she recorded and produced when she was 16 years old. She is still the youngest female artist to have done so as of this writing.
“Out of the Blue” was an instant hit not only in the United States but also in Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom, with stadiums packed throughout her tour.
By the end of 1988, “Out of the Blue” had gone triple platinum. Her concert tour was also certified double platinum. Gibson sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series in October 1988.
Gibson’s second album, “Electric Youth,” was released in early 1989. It topped the Top 200 Albums chart for five weeks. “Lost in Your Eyes,” the first single, peaked at No. 1.
Three weeks on the Hot 100. The album went double platinum, and she went on a successful global tour. Gibson went on to record two more albums for Atlantic Records, “Anything Is Possible” in 1990, which had only one charting hit, and “Body Mind Soul” in 1993.
The latter produced two modest hits in the form of “Losin Myself” and “Shock Your Mama.” “Losin Myself” was Gibson’s final Billboard Hot 100 entry.
She signed with EMI’s SBK Records and released her one and only album for the company, “Think With Your Heart.” She founded her own record label, Espiritu, after leaving EMI, to release her original compositions.
Her sixth album, “Deborah,” released in 1997, heralded her return to pop. It only sold 20,000 copies but received positive reviews. Debbie’s seventh album, Golden Egg, was released in 2001 under her own record company.
She has nine studio albums to her credit and five top ten singles: “Foolish Beat”, “Only in My Dreams”, “Shake Your Love”, “Out of the Blue”, and “Lost in Your Eyes”.
What is Debbie Gibson’s Net Worth?
Debbie Gibson is a $2 million dollar net-worth American singer, songwriter, actor, music producer, and reality television competition contestant. She is arguably best known as an international adolescent sensation in the 1980s.
Debbie paid $1.275 million for a property in Los Angeles in 2005. She reportedly came close to losing this home to foreclosure in 2009 after falling behind on her payments. She sold the residence in July 2009 for $900,000.