Debby Boone - Where Is She Now?
After she lit up our lives with her hit song, Debby moved on to Broadway and found big success in Christian music. Thirty-three years later, Debbie still holds the record for most weeks at number one by a first-time primary female artist.
Today, Debby is a mother of four and has been married for 31 years to Gabriel Ferrer, the son of Oscar®-winning actor Jose Ferrer and the legendary Rosemary Clooney.
While Debby says she appreciated her success, she did feel like her squeaky-clean image separated her from others. "I kept wanting to say [to people], 'Be yourself in front of me.' For example, somebody might swear and go, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm so sorry.' It's like: 'Hello! We're human,'" she says. "I love it when people say, 'You're nothing like I thought you were going to be'—which always means, 'I like you so much more than I thought I was going to.'''
Debby says her children often look back at her old performances on YouTube. "They find things out about me that I don't remember about myself," she says. "They'll go: 'Look at this. This song was great [that] you recorded way back then.' And I'm thinking: 'Really? You like that?'"
Debby says her dad is always willing to mix it up—like when he showed up at the 1997 American Music Awards in leather and chains to promote his heavy metal album, Pat Boone in a Metal Mood. "I had no idea that was going to happen," she says. "My son was with me. He was in junior high … and he sees his grandfather walking out looking like that, and he just buried his head in his hands and said, 'Is there no way to stop him?' Mind you, his friends all said, 'Your granddad's so buff' the next day."
To honor her mother-in-law, Debby has recorded a number of Rosemary's songs on an album called Reflections of Rosemary. "I chose songs that either she performed or had something to do with her," she says. "I tell my stories and I share her and myself because it's my life and it's very authentic."
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