The talented teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson imagined herself to be the next Carole King. In 1988 her single “Foolish Beat” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She had become the youngest person to ever write, produce and perform her own #1 pop single. She became the icon for other talented teenagers who wanted to become famous.
She was just 5 when she began taking piano lessons with the same teacher who had taught Billy Joel. The following year at the age of 6 she wrote her first song “Know Your Classroom”. Then another song at the age of 12 “I Come from America” and this won her $1000 in a songwriting contest. It was five years later that she signed on with Atlantic Records and came out with her debut album Out of the Blue.
She earned her first Top 10 hit with her debut single “Only in My Dreams’ in 1987. This was followed by two more hits “Shake Your Love” and “Out of the Blue” until Debbie Gibson hit #1 with her self-produced original song “Foolish Beat”. Unfortunately like so many other teen stars, she did not remain in the spotlight. But during the time she was popular, she had another number one hit in 1989 “Lost in Your Eyes” included in her second album Electric Youth. She went into the youth cosmetics market with the creation of Electric Youth perfume and cologne spritz by Revlon.
Debbie Gibson has also starred in roles on Broadway and with touring musicals. She has also done independent film and TV work. She keeps on recording and hit the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in a duet with Jordan Knight “Say Goodbye” in 2006.