Debra Killings

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Debra Killings
Born (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 55)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip-hop, gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, background vocalist
InstrumentsVocals, bass, guitar
Years active1990s–present
LabelsRowdy Records,
Verity Records,
Hands Up Records Inc.
Associated acts TLC, OutKast, Monica, Dallas Austin, Namie Amuro
Website http://www.debrakillings.com

Debra Killings (born July 7, 1966) is an American singer and bass guitarist, notable for extensive session and background vocal work for LaFace Records and Rowdy Records-based artists such as TLC, Monica, and OutKast. [1]

Contents

Killings appears on the majority of the recordings in TLC's catalogue, singing background vocals. She also appears on Monica's first two albums ( Miss Thang and The Boy is Mine ), and has performed both background vocals and bass guitar on several OutKast albums, including ATLiens and Aquemini .

In 2002, Killings signed to Verity Records, and she released her debut solo album, a gospel LP entitled Surrender, in 2003. [2] Killings was the singing voice of Paula Patton's character, Angel Davenport, in the film Idlewild . Killings' recognizable voice is spotlighted in "Moving Cool", the song that the character of Angel first performs in the movie.

Television

Killings is a member of Big Jim's Penthouse Playas, the house band on The Mo'Nique Show . Killings also occasionally plays bass in the house band for Showtime at the Apollo.

Killings also played bass for BET's "Black Girls Rock" all-star band. [3]

Personal life

Killings was born on July 7, 1966, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. [4] [5] She is married and has two sons. [4] [6]

Discography

Album

With Princess & Starbreeze:

With Modest Fok:

Solo albums

Singles
Other Appearances

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