Nancy Marie is an award winning author, producer, director, performer & educator. She was surrounded by music from the time of her birth. Music filled the rooms of her modest home in St. Albans, NY; the singing of her mother (who in her early years was a part of a trio with Helen Burns & Kathryn Roundtree, mothers of the Reverend Jesse Jackson & Richard Roundtree), her sister's never ending tuba, trombone, trumpet, piano & organ lessons, & her father playing every type of music you could imagine on his stereo console. Her father who insisted his girls take their music lessons seriously until his untimely death when she was only seven. Deborah continued her pursuit of music, landing a job at McCann Erickson as a trainee in music production & eventually distinguished herself as the first African American Female producer - composer in advertising. Nancy, not so much until Junior High School when she joined the Manhattan Borowide Chorus. She was awarded top honors, earning a spot on the Chancellor's Role of Honor & scholarships to study voice at the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts & the Hebrew School of Music.
She was accepted to the High School of Music & Art to study voice and the High School of Performing Arts to study drama. PA & drama won, but music yet remained. She became a lead & background singer for local bands including PERFECT TOUCH and JEMSA, & also became one of the most highly sought after lyricists in Jamaica, NY during the 1980’s. She scored her first hit record with "Take a Chance", a dance smash that she wrote with Ron Dean Miller and was recorded by Nuance featuring Vikki Love. Their next collaboration, "Stop Playing on Me", was picked up by NBC TV as the theme song for an episode of the 1980’s remake of Alfred Hitchcock Presents entitled "The Gloating Place". She was a background vocalist on the MGM motion picture soundtrack of “The Wiz”, on the Calvin Carr CD “Finally”, & appeared on screen as a vocalist in the ABC TV production of S. Torriano Berry’s “The Light”. She created the role of Tammi Terrell in the hit tribute "An Evening With Marvin Gaye" in Los Angeles, CA. Her songwriting catalog includes R&B, Smooth Jazz, Praise & Worship & musicals including the soundtrack for The Gate Called Straight (the Gospel adaptation of The Wiz) with Emmy Award winning composer, Bill Jolly. She has also worked with T.S. Monk, Julio Herrera, John Willis, Ron Small, Justice Butler, & Doug Harris.
This is Nancy's first solo project produced by her partner, Kevin Harrington.