Renewing her muse

Deb Cooley to resume music with performance at 'Power of Love' Gala


March 1, 2023

Sarah Brown

Deb Cooley performs one of her compositions as she readies for the gala concert on March 18.

It was a personal event in Deb Cooley's life that seemed to break her spirit and sap her desire to sing.

"It slapped me down to the ground, took my mojo and threw it," she said. "I didn't sing for almost 10 years. I'm just (now) feeling the confidence to do that again."

She credits her friends in the art community with encouraging her and keeping her going with her oils and watercolor painting. In fact, she's probably best known in Sweet Home for her visual artwork and her 43 years as a hairstylist.

But it was mostly her music that suffered. However, she said, "It's part of me and I can'...

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