Debbi Blackwell-Cook

Debbi performed under the RCA Salsoul recording label as female lead for the R&B group
The Jammers. She did the circuit and performed The Jammers’ #1 England hit Be Mine
Tonight at the prestigious Studio 54, Garage, Cheetah, Xenons and others. Other labels
that Debbi has been associated with include Badcat Records, Vista Sounds International,
Blank Tapes and Island Records (Jump Street). Billboard magazine, in its Dance Singles
Picks review of Once You Got Me Going on the Jump Street label, described “Ms. D.”
as “Formidable soprano [who] belts up a storm…while track keeps the temperature rising.”
In the London publication of Blues & Soul – The Mouth spoke, of Once You Got Me Going
on Ten Records of England, that “Ms. D.” had a “killer track…” and that she “…looks as
tasty as she sounds.” “Ms. D.” was a featured and/or back up singer with Gregory Hines,
Colonel Abrams,Wil Downing, Lillo Thomas, Shawn Matthews and Darnelle Williams.
Cabaret performances include the World Famous Apollo, Two Steps of Brooklyn, Crossroads
Theatre of N.J. and Sweethearts, Honeysuckles, La Cave and La Place of N.Y.C. In Germany
Debbi (aka: “Mah Dee Vah”) has been featured at Nektar, Paucha, Bulb Club & Hugo
(Munich), Bangalu, 40 Seconds (Berlin) and Cocoon (Frankfurt). “Ms. D” has recently
returned from Europe as the featured singer in the international tour of The Original USA
Gospel Singers.

Debbi is also an accomplished actress who has graced the Broadway stage of the New Victory
Theatre; the stages of D.C.’s Kennedy Center and the Ford’s Theatre; New Haven’s Shubert
Theatre; as well as the Billie Holiday Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre, National Black
Theatre (NBT) and New Federal Theatre (NFT) of New York City. She has garnered AUDELCO
nominations as Best Actress in the NFT’s production of BESSIE SPEAKS, NBT’s productions
of THE RIVER NIGER, MOMS MABLEY & HER LADIES and the Black Spectrum Theatre’s AIN’T
LOVE GRAND. She received the AUDELCO for the NFT’s production of James Weldon Johnson’s
GOD’S TROMBONES. The Village Voice said of Debbi’s performance in the NFT’s production
of BESSIE SPEAKS, that “…when Debbi Blackwell-Cook enters as…blues-belting (Bessie)
Smith, she raises the production’s dominate tone: diva-ness.” The Voice also dubbed her as “a
winning actress with a beautiful voice.” In LOOKING BACK, also at NFT, the New York Times
said Ms. Cook was endowed with a “…gospel voice that [has] the power to transmute clichés
into truths” and The Amsterdam News said, “Debbi Blackwell-Cook…lifted the production
to its heights.” “Ms. D” has performed on the TV sitcoms A DIFFERENT WORLD and SISTER,
SISTER as well as the PBS specials A QUESTION OF COLOR and as Juniper in MY OWN TV.

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I Ain’t Got A Son No More (All About Baby)
Written by Benjamin F. Brown and McKinley Winston.
Sung by Debbi Blackwell-Cook in the role of Conjure Connie.

 


You Said Something (All About Baby)
Written by Benjamin F. Brown and McKinley Winston. 
Sung by Debbi Blackwell-Cook in the role of Conjure Connie.

 

 
Dance With The Devil (Dance With the Devil)
Written by Benjamin F. Brown and McKinley Winston. 
Sung by Debbi Blackwell-Cook in the role of Lou Bertha.