So, I was browsing the internet today and look what I found. It’s a much younger Debra Byrd, Voice Coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, singing with Barry Manilow at the piano, with Dana Robbins on saxophone. It was recorded live in 1988.
This song mesmerized me . It was a spectacular performance and a testament fto everything that is conducive to creating memorable performances: the passion, the artistry, the superb musicianship and authenticity of all three performers.
Ms. Byrd should point this year’s crop of Canadian Idol singers in the direction of this video. It teaches and inspires and, hopefully, the audible and visual experience of this video performance will ignite a flame, emphasizing all that is necessary to creat a “star search moment” on stage.
Enjoy and please feel free to comment.