In gospel music circles, few names are respected and admired as much as Debra Talley. Born and raised in Clinton, Kentucky, Debra sang in church from an early age until she began traveling and singing full-time with the Song Masters Quartet in 1974. She performed on stage with the Hoppers from 1979-1982. Debra co-founded the Talleys in 1984 with husband Roger and brother-in-law Kirk Talley. She now shares the stage with Roger, daughter Lauren and son-in-law Brian Alvey. In her 37-year career, Debra has received 8 Singing News Fan Awards, 4 Southern Gospel Music Association awards, and numerous nominations for Female Vocalist and Alto of the Year.
Debra has been a vocal and performance instructor at the Steve Hurst School of Music for 17 years. She has also co-written several songs recorded by the Talley Trio and other artists, such as “Built On The Rock,” “Travelin’ Light,” “Because Someone Prayed,” and “I Still Believe.” She has made guest appearances on many recordings, including Mark Bishop’s The Fields Of Love. She recorded “Somebody Bigger Than You and I” as a duet with the legendary Jake Hess on his last recording. Debra has been a featured vocalist on many Gaither Homecoming videos and concerts performing her signature song, “Thinkin’ About Home.” One of her greatest honors came when she was asked to perform the song at the funeral of gospel icon James Blackwood.
Debra’s golden alto voice is one of the most recognized in the gospel music world and her warmth and humble personality have endeared her to audiences throughout her extensive career. She loves people and communicates the message of Christ in a loving and sincere way. Debra loves cooking, decorating and home improvement projects (she even has her own toolbox!). She is a very vocal supporter of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols and loves just spending time at home with family and friends.