deborah levoy artist and music teacher

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I’m a singer and songwriter who believes that every song I create has its own independent life. I simply guide it towards its full potential. Just like raising a child. My songs have been described as haunting, delicate, and powerful.

upcoming performances:

SAVE THE DATE: Backyard Concert in Los Altos, Saturday October 16, more details soon! 

past performances:

The Sierra Through Sonnets, Science & Song, Friday July 16 at 7pm PST, in-person and streaming from University of Nevada Reno.

An evening filled with sonnets, science and song featuring brilliant authors Steven Nightingale, Richard Nevle, Robert Leonard Reid and yours truly.

As we trekked 90 miles across the Sierra with our families, 4 summers ago, Steven and Richard conceived of a book that captured the essence of their Sierra experience through both lyrical and scientific perspectives. Please join us for this multi-media presentation as Steven and Richard share writings, places, and stories from their adventure and their upcoming book, The Paradise Notebooks, and 2018 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame inductee and brilliant author Robert Leonard Reid. I will weave in songs and accompaniment to some stunning haikus. 

Details and to reserve a spot: LINK

Recent Songs

Scarborough Fair

Our first collaborative song, Scarborough started out with Doug noodling on the piano in his studio and I said, "Hey, that sounds a little like Scarborough Fair" and I started singing to it. Whipped out the voice memo app and recorded it. From there Doug recorded more piano on his own and sent it to me, with the comment, "I don't think this is Scarborough Fair anymore." ...


Many years ago a fellow songwriter that I knew was suffering from a medical condition. After she passed away, I spent a lot time trying to understand what it might have been like to reach out to the place she felt was on the other side for her. A place of peace and love. The closest I could imagine was the feeling of reaching out to someone you love in a time of need ...

The Time Has Come

I was inspired to write the song “The Time Has Come” after participating in my first climate rally in San Francisco. Before the rally I was afraid that I might be one of only a dozen people attending, which would confirm my fear that hardly anyone was willing to put themselves out there on this issue. However, when I emerged from the Bart station into the San Francisco sunlight, I saw thousands of people with banners and signs, and I felt my hope rise up ...

"She has a beautiful voice that can soar and scat, get folky and funky, and enchant crowds" 

– Daily Hampshire Gazette

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About my songs

Ode to Snail Mail: How’s the Weather

When I first moved to the Mission in San Francisco, I lived in a teeny room in a flat with with several roommates, one of …

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Anthem, by Leonard Cohen, performed by Deborah Levoy and Doug Pohorski.
Creating music

How The Light Gets In

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in …

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Renew at Mono Lake


We turn not older with years but newer every day ― Emily Dickinson These past years I’ve been doing brand new things. I’ve become a …

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