Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Booking Agent, Educator, Music Director, Arranger
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2006 Jacksonville Cultural Council Arts Awards “Educator of the Year” and African American Literary and Media Lifetime Achievement “Phoenix” Award winner Deborah McDuffie boasts an impressive career combining talents in production, performance, composing, arranging, marketing and teaching.
Credited with being the first female composer/producer in the advertising industry, Ms. McDuffie is a multi award-winning pioneer, a “behind the scenes” legend, so to speak. She is also one of the first women to ink a production deal with a major record label.
She has composed/produced/performed with Janet Jackson, Gladys Knight, Al Green, Grover Washington, Jr, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, Will Smith, Ashford & Simpson, Wynton Marsalis, James Ingram, Jennifer Holliday, Temptations, Saturday Night Live…and more.
Ms. McDuffie is currently Chair of the Fine Arts Department/Choral Director at Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Executive Director of Arts4Jax, Inc. a non-profit community performing arts foundation in Jacksonville, Florida.
She is founder/Artistic Director for the extremely popular contemporary youth ensemble, Jacksonville Mass Choir and has a number of CD productions in progress.
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So glad to hear from you. It was pleasure working with you. I would love to get a copy of the show with George. As for Janis, she's great. We're all preparing the next generation to do some serious singing! Let's keep in touch.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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