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Singing with the angels

June 10, 2000

Paul Andersen, Weekend

GLENDALE -- When Glendale singer/songwriter Debra Davis was first

approached by the producers of the Nashville Network's "Angel

Encounters," it was about using one of her songs for the show's

soundtrack.

"They originally just wanted to use my song, 'Angels in the Attic,' "

says Davis. "Then the director asked me about the reasons I wrote the

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song. I explained that it was about specific experiences I have had with

people who were close to me and had passed on, and how they remained in

touch with me while I wrote, sort of watching over me."

The story struck a chord, and now the singer is featured in a segment

of the second installment of the four-part series, which recently debuted

on the cable network. In it, Davis talks about what inspired the song,

which is the title track to her latest album, and shows off her angel

collection.

A segment also has Davis, 31, performing the song.

"They came to the house with a full film crew, including lights and

everything," she recounts, "and it was quite something."

Naturally, they went up to the attic for part of the interview.

Davis and angels have been going together for quite a while. In

conjunction with Reading is Fundamental, she sponsored the Debra Davis

Angel Story Competition, with children sending in stories they had

written about angels in their lives. The best have been published in "The

Angel Story Book," with prizes going to first-, second- and third-place

winners in four age groups.

A book signing and concert will be held Sunday at Borders Books and

Music in Glendale.

"I just wanted to involve kids in something positive," she said.

"We've gotten an incredible mix of stories, some very touching and sad,

others very uplifting and funny. It is going to be a very entertaining

collection."

For some reason, Davis has made a strong connection with children,

especially young girls. These "Deb Heads" are always down in front at her

concerts, singing along and emulating her moves.

"I think it's because my music is positive, and deals with overcoming

challenges with a sense of strength," she says. "I mean, I don't

specifically write kids' songs. There are adults in my audience, too."

She pauses.

"For whatever reasons, things seem to fall into place for higher

reasons."

She laughs.

"Or not."

Whichever way, Debra Davis is well connected with her angels.

IF YOU GO

WHO: Debra Davis.

WHAT: Launching Debra Davis' "Angel Story Competition Book" (sponsored

by Reading Is Fundamental) with a concert and book signing.

WHERE: Glendale Borders Books and Music, 100 S. Brand Blvd.

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

COST: Free.

CABLE TV APPEARANCE: "Angel Encounters" will be repeated on TNN at

various times. Check local listings or Deb on the Web at

www.debradavis.com.

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