In addition to her successful career as one of Hollywood’s most active voice-over artists, multi-talented kids’ entertainer Debi Derryberry is passionate about writing and performing in front of live audiences. Today she’s turned that passion into an explosive second career as a singer/songwriter of award-winning children’s CDs and an author. “Not a day goes by,” Debi says, “when I don’t think about a new verse, or melody, or idea for a story that I’d like to share.” Probably best known as “the voice of Jimmy Neutron,” Debi is releasing her third CD, and launching the property and brand, “Baby Banana,” which features her first-ever children’s book, “Baby Banana and the Licorice Tree.” She performs regular concerts for large pre-school audiences all over the United States.
Debi was born and raised in the quiet desert community of Indio, California, reaping the benefits of a close and loving family who encouraged her to pursue her dreams. When she was only nine years old, she got her first guitar and wrote “My Dog’s My Buddy,” which is featured on her first CD, “What A Way to Play.” Debi excelled in high school, serving as captain of the gymnastics team and on the student council; graduated from UCLA as a pre-med candidate; and ultimately, seeking to explore her creative side, moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After three years in Music City, she returned to Los Angeles to launch her voice-over career – and has garnered feature roles in numerous high-profile films and TV shows.
Debi’s Voiceover work includes the voice of Jimmy Neutron in the Academy Award-nominated Paramount/Nickelodeon film, “Jimmy Neutron-Boy Genius,” the new Speedy Alka-Seltzer, Draculaura on Mattel’s “Monster High” and voice-over roles in “Ice Age 2” and Disney’s “The Wild.” On the small screen, some of her most prominent work includes Gnocchi from “Curious George,” Clay on “Playhouse Disney,” Weenie from “Oswald the Octopus,” Zatch Bell, Ryo Ohki from “Tenchi Muyo,” Jackie from “Bobby’s World,” Jeannie from the Emmy Nominated “Life with Louie,” Wednesday from “The Addams Family” and Nergal Jr. on “Billy and Mandy” for Cartoon Network.
Also an on-camera actress, Debi’s credits include “iCarly,” “True Beauty” and she can be seen in the features “Ghostworld,” “Comic Book the Movie” and “Free Willy.” In that film, Debi was the stunt double who actually rode the whale!
Debi was a member of the Los Angeles-based country music band Honey Pig for six years, writing and producing most of the songs on their two CDs, “Exactly As We Are” and “Clueless You.” Voted one of the top 100 L.A. bands for three years running, Honey Pig sang at Dodgers and Lakers games and even had a song on NPR’s much-listened-to show, “Car Talk.”
For many years a strong advocate for animals, Debi is currently involved with the organization Safety Around Dogs, which features her song “My Dog’s My Buddy” on their website. A 2006 board member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and a 2003 recipient of a “Women of Achievement” Award, Debi is the devoted mom of an eight-year-old, balancing the demands of motherhood along with her professional career – thanks to much-appreciated help from her husband and from her mom, who lives nearby.
You can contact Debi at email@example.com.