Debby Boone rocketed to stardom in 1977 when her first single, “You Light Up My Life,” became an overnight hit, earning the 21-year-old singer a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Boone will light up Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Dec. 14 when she brings her “Christmas Memories” tour to town.
Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show range from $30 to $40.
With the crossover success of “You Light Up My Life” and her third single, “God Knows”/“Baby I'm Yours,” Boone turned her attention to country music, finding success with remakes of Connie Francis’ “My Heart Has a Mind of its Own” and “Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart.”
Beginning in 1980 and continuing through the better part of a decade, she hopped genres again, winning two GMA Dove Awards and two more Grammys for her contemporary Christian recordings, including “With My Song,” “Surrender,” “Choose Life,” “Friends For Life” and “Be Thou My Vision.”
From 1981 to 1982, Boone toured the United States in a production of the stage adaptation of the film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Boone continued her theater work, appearing periodically in stage productions such as “Camelot,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Mississippi Love,” “South Pacific,” “The Human Comedy” and “The King and I.” She starred as Maria in the 1990 Lincoln Center production of “The Sound of Music,” which was nominated as Outstanding Musical Revival by the Drama Desk Awards, and in 1996, she played against her image as Rizzo in a revival of “Grease.”
In 1989, Boone released her Christmas album “Home For Christmas,” which boasted a duet of “White Christmas” with her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney. (Boone has been married to Clooney’s son, Gabriel Ferrer, for more than 30 years and they have four grown children together).
Boone revived her recording career in 2005 with the release of “Reflections of Rosemary,” an intimate musical portrait of the late Clooney. The CD is a collection of 14 standards chosen for their significance in Boone’s life with Clooney, and is led by Clooney’s long-time musical director, John Oddo. Boone continues to tour “Reflections of Rosemary” along with Oddo at performing arts centers and symphony halls across the country.
Boone also stays busy promoting her CD and accompanying show titled “Swing This,” inspired by her childhood years immersed in the Las Vegas “Swing” culture of the ’60s while traveling with her father, Pat Boone.
For tickets to her “Christmas Memories” concert at Niswonger, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.
To find out more about Boone, log onto her website at www.debbyboone.net.