Debbie PARRY (2013)

Debbie Parry  Location- Block 8; position 309

Born at St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania on the 24th December 1959.

 Started singing at the age of 10 and could play the guitar by age 11.

1974 – Won a talent quest on the late Buddy Williams show which resulted in her tour Tasmania with Buddy for 2 months. Tommy Emmanuel was the guitarist with Buddy.

1980 – The Victorian band “1901” invited Debbie to join their Tasmanian tour. She also supports Eric Bogle on his Tasmanian tour.

1981 - Graeme Howie produced Debbie’s first album “4 Foot 10 and Country”. Graeme wrote the title track to the album.

1987 – Joins with Rick Carey (Thel at this time was having cancer treatment) on a 10 week tour of the Northern Territory. She had to learn 20 songs that Rick and Thel sang.

1992 – Won 3 categories in Tasmania’s first Gold Guitar awards, including the main overall Gold Guitar Award.

1993 – Debbie with her daughter Anita and son Luke take out 9 awards between them at the Tasmanian Country Music Awards, including the major Gold Guitar Award.

1994 – Debbie starts her own booking agency which brings many of Australia’s top artists to Tasmania. Debbie did the support act to these artists. Invited to appear at the Sydney Opera House with the Tamworth on parade Show.

2001 – Debbie records her 10th CD. Debbie has written over 1600 songs.

2011 – By now Debbie has released 18 CD’s. Performs with a duo band called “Wild Rose” with her daughter Anita.

2013 – Inducted into the Country Music’s Hands of Fame in Tamworth.