"Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought." – E.Y. Harburg
Debra Alexander is the creative director of Word Maven Music and owner of Song Maven Studio. A music industry pro teacher and songwriter, and veteran of the Nashville, New York, Austin, Boston, and Toronto music scenes, She works with singers and singer songwriters to craft and perform memorable songs.
Debra’s songs have have won multiple awards in songwriting contests (ISC, JLSC, Unisong, Billboard, NSAI, Austin Songwriters Group) and have been recorded on five CDs by indie artists with national radio airplay.
Debra has fostered the progress of many songwriters and musicians as an instructor of songwriting at Trebas Institute, music theory at Metalworks Institute, song assessor and panelist for The Songwriters Association of Canada, regional coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association International, mentor for the School Association of Student Songwriters, and a workshop clinician for The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Debra received a B.A. in Music from Wittenberg University, and completed additional studies in Songwriting, Style Writing, and Recording and Producing at Berklee College of Music, as well as MIDI and Recording at Austin Community College. After interning for both the Songwriters Guild of America and the University of Texas Recording Studio, she worked for Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as a song profiler, served on the Austin Songwriters Group Board of Directors, and was a music copyist for video game composers Team Fat.
As a performing songwriter, Debra has showcased at the NXNE, Winterfolk, and Tin Pan North music festivals, and has played many clubs in North America, including The Bluebird, Club Passim, The Free Times, and The Cactus Cafes.