It is with deep sadness that we share news of Debbie's sudden passing in July 2020. She is survived by her wife, mother, three siblings, many nieces and nephews, and friends within multiple New Thought spiritual communities within the Atlanta area. She is deeply missed and forever loved. It is comforting to know she will live on through the musical legacy she created.
Debbie Schrodt was a singer, songwriter, and musician since the age of 17. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she was an Atlanta singer/songwriter, musician, and recording artist who performed from her extensive catalog of original inspirational New Thought, contemporary Christian, and secular songs. She was best known in Unity, Spiritual Living Centers, and "open and affirming" congregations; however, she also entertained at festivals, house concerts, corporate events, retreats, restaurants, weddings, funerals, or during any special or solemn occasion.
Debbie received a degree in Vocal Performance with emphasis on Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and subsequently worked for MCA Records in Nashville where she provided marketing and sales support to the label’s many talented country music artists. Nights were spent writing her own songs and performing in a variety of venues, including multiple appearances at the Bluebird Cafe with other songwriters, various other music clubs, coffee houses, restaurants, and major hotels. She later moved to the MCA Pop/R&B Division based in Atlanta where she continued to write and perform her original songs in similar venues.
Debbie performed for crowds of all sizes and has never failed to charm audiences with her warmth, wit, and honesty. She had opened for multiple popular motivational speakers, including Carolyn Myss, Marianne Williamson, Edwene Gaines, and Dr. Sue Morter, and shared the stage with other New Thought artists, such as Faith Rivera, Daniel Nahmod, J.D. Martin, Jan Garrett, and others. From the very first listen, it was apparent that her songs were written from the heart. Writing music was a cathartic release to her. In her words, “Music is and always will be my heart and my art.”
Debbie released three CD’s - All Along This Path, Beautiful You, and Can you Imagine - the last of which was released in March 2020. She also released a self-produced EP, Over That Mountain, in 2019. All songs are available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby as well as through this website.
Her obituary can be viewed here.
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“To Debbie, What a magnificent voice. I'm honored...may God bless your path.”
— Marianne Williamson
“Your crystal clear, sweet voice is captivating. The melody and the message of your song [Heartbeat Of Our Mother] are moving. I'm a fan!”
— Barbara A. Warren aka Shining Woman
“Debbie is very easy to work with and always open to suggestions about playing various songs. Her musical skills are second to none playing guitar or piano. Her voice is very pleasant and she truly presents herself as a professional and polished musician. I highly recommend Debbie to your spiritual community!”
— Nita Wasik, Former VP, Unity of Kennesaw
“I truly love the music you perform and write. Your sense of humor and joy of life are contagious. Admiration and gratitude.”
— Bob Schneider, Atlanta Musician