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(06 October 2004) Indie pop/rock singer, Deb Ferrara, recently released Anything But Ordinary (More Good Music Publishing (USA), 2004), a twelve track album with some great tunes. All the words, music and vocals are written and performed by Deb, except for "No More" and "Stupidly Beautiful." Her music appeals to the college crowd and blendspop with some alt rock melodies.

Deb received the 2003 and 2004 ASCAP Pop Songwriting Award. She also hosts and coordinates the successful monthly songwriter showcase, "NJ Songwriters in the Round," held at Maxwell's in Hoboken and sponsored by ASCAP and BMI. Under the NJ Songwriters in the Round umbrella, she organizes a yearly charity concert, Songs For The Cause, featuring eight top area artists, and benefiting The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She is also involved in It's About Eve - music for the cure. Deb stated, "Independent artists and breast cancer awareness are two areas I am extremely passionate about."

Catchy melodies abound throughout this album. "Underneath Your Star" has a strong rock influence, and Deb's sweet vocals enhance the music. Her upbeat pop/rock influence continues in "Loving You," with background vocal support from Samantha Newark. Dan Marfisi on guitar, bass, keyboards and drums lends to the ambiance in "Stupidly Beautiful." Deb has gentle vocals and then explodes into powerful chorus. The pace slows down in "Everywhere," "Walk Away" and "It's Me" where her sensitive vocals are a standout.

Her songs tend to be styled in the hook-oriented pop/rock variety. "Hard to Say" also has a catchy melody and she is an insightful storyteller. "Cryin'" continues in the same vein, talking about relationships. Deb concludes with "No More" and leaves the listener wanting some more from this gifted singer/songwriter.

Deb certainly has an abundance of talent that is expressed beautifully throughout this CD. She easily hooks the listener with her poignant vocals, touching lyrics and explosive music. Deb Ferrara is Anything But Ordinary.

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