Debra Mitchell-Adams

Debra Mitchell-Adams

I'm a lyricist and a storyteller. If I ever hit it big I'm sure some of my exes will come after me for the stories I've told about them in my songs!






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is life to me. It's the soundtrack to everyone's life. When most people hear a song it reminds them of a time in their life. Music gives me a reason for existing and contributing to the world.

What is your music dream?

My music dream is to be immersed in music every day and to become a worldwide influencer for positive change in the music industry as it relates to fair compensation for music creators. With my wealth and influence, I will work to create avenues for other songwriters, musicians, music educators, producers and people who are employed in the music industry to be able to work as full-time music professionals and be paid handsomely (according to their talents, hustle, work ethic, and time investment). I think it's criminal for music creators all over the world to have to work other jobs to sustain their families. We should be able to make a living in direct measure to the talent and hard work we put into our craft.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would make being a music creator or working in music a valuable commodity and a high paying profession.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5. It's the song that began my musical journey.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Michael Jackson (All around favorite). Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Sam Smith (favorite songwriters overall). Anita Baker (favorite singer in college). Whitney Houston (Favorite female singer after college) Mariah Carey (favorite female songwriter after college) H.E.R. and Ella Mai (favorite songwriters now).

What inspires you to make music?

Everything, but I've been told that my most impactful songs come from sadness or being pissed about something.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I want people to think, ask questions about EVERYTHING and most of all stand firm on what the power of love and music can do. I'm a storyteller much like the songwriters I admire.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?


How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Quality of message. Some songs these days ain't saying shit, particularly hip hop, which is the genre that most influences young children of color. It makes me so f'n angry that artists do not take responsibility for what they are putting out into the world. The gift to do music is exactly that, A GIFT, so watching the way it's being used to destroy a generation makes me want to stand up and start a movement for the betterment of the art.

What do you think of Drooble?

Just signing up so we'll see. I'll get back to you on that.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The lyrical content of a lot of the most popular music out there. Also, the difficulty of being heard among the sea of "desktop" musicians.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I just moved back to my hometown and there is literally only one artist that plays here locally in the R&B genre. Incredibly frustrating, so no I don't.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Patience, perseverance, "never-give-up" work ethic, quality recordings, great ability to network and connect with people IN PERSON and Online and outstanding follow up skils.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Raiche, Carlett Martin (gospel artist), Joi Marshall (formally of the group Jade), Portrait (male 1990's R&B group), Myracle Holloway (anointed singer/songwriter), Me (Debra Mitchell-Adams formally of the girl groups Vybe and Jade. I'm a gifted songwriter -- I've been told).