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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]

Debra Killings
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresR&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 actsTLC, OutKast, Monica, Dallas Austin

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

In 2002, Killings signed for 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 on the film Idlewild. Killings' recognizable voice is spotlighted in "Moving Cool", the song Angel first performs in the movie.



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 lifeEdit

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



With Princess & Starbreeze:

  • Princess & Starbreeze (MCA, 1987)

With Modest Fok:

  • Love or the Single Life (EastWest, 1992)

Solo albums

  • Surrender (Verity, 2003)
  • Open Heaven (Hands Up, 2008)
  • "Message in the Music"
  • "It's Gonna Be Lonely"
  • "Love or the Single Life"
Other Appearances


  1. ^ "Debra Killings". Artists. TC Electronic. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Lacy, Dwayne (2003). "Interview with Debra Killings - There Is A Message In Her Music". Articles. GospelFlava. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  3. ^!101411-shows-bgr-band-landing-debra-killings
  4. ^ a b "Debra Killings - 196(?)– Vocalist, bassist, songwriter". - Contemporary Black Biography. HighBeam Research. January 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Breimeier, Russ. "Surrender". The Fish - Music - Reviews. The Fish Christian Entertainment - from Christianity Today International. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Debra Killings: Musical Ace!". Flaimahmy. March 18, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2012.

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