By Randy Bruce
February 2, 2014
Durant First Christian Church, 301 N. Third Ave., will host Debbie Pierot-Crawford at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.
Music is a huge part of her life. Pierot-Crawford grew up in a “musical” family. Her parents met on stage - both holding guitars.
“I began singing as soon as I learned to talk, played mandolin at age four, accordion at six and began formal piano lessons at seven years of age,” Pierot-Crawford said. “At age thirteen, I began teaching piano lessons and piano classes and by fifteen had recorded several long play albums with my family. As a musical group, The Singing Pierot Family, we toured across the nation many times performing at churches and gospel concerts. These events included line-ups such as: Oak Ridge Boys, Happy Goodman Family, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, Blackwood Brothers, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and David Allen Coe.”
Pierot-Crawford attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University, majoring in accounting and music, and she developed and authored a unique piano teaching method that continues to be successfully taught by piano instructors throughout the nation.
Other venues where she has performed include being a featured entertainer with Carnival Cruise Lines. A few years ago, she owned a recording studio where she was fortunate to work with some of the best musicians and engineers in the music industry, including Phil York (Grammy winning engineer), Mile Deering, and Curtis Randall (both members of Blue Country, LeAnn Rimes’ former band). She continues to play music for a hobby - entertaining at special events in the Texas and Oklahoma areas.
“I am very happy and humbled to have been asked to present a Gospel concert on the beautiful new Grand piano at the Durant First Christian Church and to be a part of launching the new music ministry outreach of the FCC in Durant,” Pierot-Crawford said. “It is such an honor to be back in Durant and I hope to see many of my friends, former students and colleagues.”
The public is invited to the performance.