Debbie Zavitson

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Debbie Zavitson, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TNDebbie​​ Zavitson ​​is ​​a​​ veteran ​​in ​​the​​ music ​​industry.​​  With​​ the​​ experience​​ she​​ brings from performing​ ​with​ ​her​ ​own​ ​band​ ​internationally,​ ​to​ ​an​ ​executive​ ​in​ ​A&R​ ​at​ ​Sony​ ​and​ ​Giant Records..​ ​She​ ​has​ ​now​ ​created​ ​her​ ​own​ ​publishing​ ​and​ ​management​ ​company​ ​DEBBIE ​Z ENTERTAINMENT.​ ​​​As​ ​of​ ​2017,​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​her​ ​songwriters,​ ​Debbie​ ​is​ ​representing​ ​Curb Publishing,​ ​Doug​ ​Johnson (Three Wooden Crosses, Love Like Crazy) ,​ ​Canadian​ ​artists​ ​Tara​ ​ Shannon​​and​​Hayley​​McLean​​(Texada).​​She’salso​​managing​​​​new​​up​​and​​coming​​band​​Steel​​ Union.​ ​Featuring​ ​Josh​ ​Matheny​ ​(popular​ ​dobro session​ ​player​, ​writer​ ​at​ ​Curb​ ​Publishing, and​​ ​ former member of KingBilly.​ Donny​ ​Fallgatter​ ​(previously​ ​with​ ​KingBilly),​ ​and Rachel​ ​Potter.​ ​​ An​ ​award​ ​winning​ ​Broadway​ star​ ​from​ ​musicals​ ​like​ ​Wicked,​ ​The​ ​Adams​ ​Family and​ ​Evita​ ​ opposite​ ​Ricky​ M​ artin and finalist in the X Factor.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Debbie​​ has ​​always​​ been ​​one ​​to ​​strive ​​for​​ excellence​​ in​​ the​​ pursuit ​​of ​​talent,​​ and ​​was integral in s​igning​ ​multi-platinum​ ​recording​ ​artist​ ​Blake​ ​Shelton to Giant Records,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​managing​ ​ the​ ​first critical years​ ​of​ ​his​ ​career.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​discovered​ ​record​ ​breaking​ ​duo​ ​The​ ​Kinleys,​ ​who​ ​ had​ ​the​ ​highest charting​ ​debut​ ​single​ ​by​ ​a​ ​duo​ ​or​ ​group​ ​in​ ​R&R​ ​history​ ​with​ ​their​ ​song​ ​“Please”.​ ​​ When she was made VP of A&R at Giant Records, her first signing was from Canada. The multi award winning trio The Wilkinsons.

​ ​In​ ​the publishing​ ​realm,​ ​Debbie​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​an​ ​array​ ​of​ ​hit​ ​songwriters,​ ​and​ ​has​ ​secured​song placements​ ​on​ ​major​ ​recording​ ​artists​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Reba​ ​McEntire,​ ​Rodney​ ​Atkins,​ ​Chris​ ​ Young, Brooks​ ​&​ ​Dunn,​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.​ ​

​​​​She​ ​also​ ​acts​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Vice​ ​President​ ​of​ ​Publishing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Nashville​ ​Division​ ​of​ ​Canadian​ ​music company​ ​Willow​ ​Sound​ ​Records,​ ​where​ ​she​ ​connects​ ​Canadian​ ​songwriters​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Nashville music​ ​community.

​​​​In​ ​Debbie’s​ ​own​ ​words,​ ​​“Songwriters​ ​are​ ​the​ ​lifeblood​ ​of​ ​the​ ​music​ ​industry.​ ​They’re​ ​precious in​ ​a​ ​world​ ​that​ ​needs​ ​so​ ​much​ ​love​ ​and​ ​connection​ ​right​ ​now.​ ​A​ ​song​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ONLY ​things that​ ​can​ ​connect​ ​people​ ​from​ ​all​ ​walks​ ​of​ ​life.​ ​We​ ​need​ ​to​ ​​take​ ​care​​ ​of​ ​our​ ​​songwriters​.​ ​In​ ​a world​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​music,​ ​and​ ​having to fight ​to be ​paid​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​price​ ​for​ ​their​ ​work,​ ​they​ ​could​ ​ become​ ​a​ ​dying breed.”​ ​​​That’s​ ​what​ ​Debbie​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​do​ ​every​ ​day, take special care of, and encourage songwriters.