For more than 20 years, Deborah Boily has been a singing actress who has always loved anything French. One New York critic described her work this way:
"it's this singer's pipes and what she does with them that leave one with the vague feeling of having just come from one of Paris' smoke-filled cabarets."
In 1990, Deborah's vocal coach suggested she write
a one-woman show about something very close to
her and what followed was "I Always wanted to be French"...
the tale of Deborah’s lifelong obsession for anything French. After seeing the show, which was performed in Canada, New York, and Houston, audience members’ reactions were, “You need to be doing more of this music, you have such a natural feel for it”. It was then that she decided to devote her time to creating Cabaret shows of French popular songs of well- known artists like Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel. Her new shows were enthusiastically received in Houston, New York, Canada and one of the most highly requested on several cruise liners as well.
Deborah’s desire to further her proficiency in French and to realize a dream to sing in Paris sent her there in 1994 where she lived and was the featured singer at the Hotel Westminster on the rue de la Paix (alas, the French wanted to hear American Standards!!). After two years there, she moved to London and was invited to sing in every Cabaret club in town, performing repertoires in both French and English…At present Deborah is a recognized Cabaret performer in the States and an expert of French Popular song. Always ambitious, Deborah has recorded 4 albums, two of French popular songs and two of American Cabaret and popular songs.