For the week of August 12 thru August 18, 1998  

Steur crazy

Debra Steur sings on Sunday

Express Staff Writer

Debra Steur’s passion is music: southern blues, pop jazz, torch songs and "big time old standards."

Her latest CD, "Dancing with Passion," carries selections from Sinatra, Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.

Her live performances have wowed crowds in Salt Lake City, Utah, and McCall, Idaho. Now for the first time, Ketchum audiences will get to hear her sing.

Sunday night at 7 p.m. on the deck at the Roosevelt Tavern, Steur will sing and perform with her newly assembled band of Ketchum and Boise musicians.

"I get such high energy from singing," said Steur, who is better known in town as a real estate agent for McCann Daech Fenton. "High adrenaline rush, that’s the passion part. People can feel my excitement and my love for music in my live performances."

Steur’s deep resonant voice belts out ballads like "My Funny Valentine," "You Call it Madness" and "We Never, Never Met Before." Singing professionally since she was 17, Steur says her voice comes from her father who "cut an album when he was 20."

She began her career singing for 10 years with a five-piece band in Salt Lake City, then did duo work for five years more. She took a break for five years when her real estate business really took off and after moving to McCall put together another band that she performed with at the Shore Lodge.

Nine months ago, Steur made the move to Ketchum where she began selling real estate and putting together her latest band. Locals John Northrop on guitar, Josh Kelly on drums and Pete Delisser on sax with Boise musicians Mike Rosenthal on piano and Bill Liles on bass will accompany Steur Sunday night.

Be prepared for a really varied show when the group does everything from Diane Schuur to Patsy Cline.

The best way to describe me is uptown and classy," laughs Steur.

"This promises to be a very special night," said Tom Nickel, owner of the Roosevelt. "Good music, good food, a good Idaho evening."


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