Debbie Gibson is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress who, in 1988, was pronounced the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song Foolish Beat.
Gibson exploded on the pop music scene at the tender age of 16. A music prodigy, she quickly became the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 single, (Foolish Beat), a record she still holds today in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, Gibson has sold more than 16-million albums worldwide.
After conquering the pop world, she set her sights on the theatre. Gibson took a star turn in the Broadway production of Les Miserables as Eponine.
She broke box office records in the London West End production of Grease as Sandy and then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of Grease and Funny Girl playing Rizzo and Fanny Brice.
Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, The Narrator in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella in the national production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in Chicago and Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret.
Gibson bridged the gap between pop music and Broadway with her one-woman show Pop Goes Broadway. Critics agreed it was the best show Atlantic City had seen in quite some time during her three-week engagement in May 2008 at The Concert Venue at Harrah's.
To fulfill her passion of mentoring and fostering young performers and songwriters, Gibson created Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth, a series of performing arts camps and music boot camps.
In addition, she formed the Gibson Girl Foundation, a non-profit organisation that awards scholarships and musical educational opportunities to underprivileged children who display talent and have a desire to participate in performing arts programs.
In 2010, Gibson made her debut in the world of orchestration. She collaborated on both the score and the powerful closing credits song, Rise, for Dr. Rutledge's documentary, 3 Billion and Counting, about Malaria prevention in third world countries.
Gibson guest starred in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at MGM/Foxwoods, and the Original Pop Princess also released a new album, Ms. Vocalist, from Sony Japan that was Top 10 on the Billboard charts with the first single, I Love You, hitting No. 1.
As the spokesperson for Children International, Gibson spent time in early 2011 in impoverished villages in Manila. For more than 20 years, she has been a child sponsor and advocate. Gibson also starred with Tiffany in the SyFy hit Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
In 2012, she shot a cameo in the film Rock of Ages, appeared in Katy Perry's hit music video for Last Friday Night (TGIF) and took a Journey Though the '80s on a sold out tour with Tiffany.
In the same year she was a contestant on the reality competition The Celebrity Apprentice.