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Hello! I'm Debra Penberthy, an American singer-songwriter and visual artist who recently relocated from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to Akron, Ohio. My music speaks to the heart and mind.  I take the craft of songwriting seriously, and I put on live shows that are captivating and moving.  My debut EP is also a visual album covering 8000 miles of traveling across the US in story form.  It's complete and will be out soon.  In 2018 in Akron, I debuted my solo rock musical called Serious Rabbit, a ten-year labor of love that I wrote, produced, and performed.  Join my mailing list for updates, come out and see a live show, and be on the look out for the release of my EP soon!   I formerly used the stage name Cicada Road, so you will see this name referred to throughout my site.



Come See My Wool Paintings

I'm focusing on my visual artwork right now, and having my first solo shows this month--February 1-28, 2023. Come out and see my wool paintings at two Northeast Ohio locations. Works up from Feb 1-28 and opening celebrations as follows:

Downton Akron Muggswigz Coffee and Tea. Saturday Feb 11 from 12-2

Lake Cable/N Canton Muggswigz Coffee and Tea, Sunday Feb 12 from 5-8pm

See my visual art page for images


EP is Becoming a Visual Album!

"Dream of Peace" released and more videos coming! 

My wonderful friend, Sam Keeble, and I have made music videos for all 6 tracks on my forthcoming album.  We've trekked across America West to East twice and met in Detroit and Akron, OH to film. Sam's captured beautiful footage everywhere we've gone, and together we've brought the personal stories behind the songs to life in these mini, cinematic-quality movies.  Most of the videos are yet to be released, as I plan to release the whole album strategically.  The video for "Dream of Peace," was released a while back. Check it out here, and let me know if you're looking for an amazing videographer!

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My Rock Musical "Serious Rabbit" Premieres Soon!

If you've known me for a while, you know I've been kicking around the idea of a solo musical starring a very serious rabbit for many years. Well, it's happening!  I am coming to the end of a solo performance masterclass in which I've been  writing and  workshopping my material, and I'm 90% done! Will be 100% soon.  

Serious Rabbit: One Bunny's Search for Meaning  features me as Clover, a professor of feminist rabbit studies who wants to be a hero.   Told through ten original songs propelled by monologues, it's the story of what happens when Clover realizes she can't save everyone and has to find a way to save herself.  People tell me the songs remind them of Sondheim combined with Tori Amos (not too shabby)!

I'll be doing some of the songs at my May 31 gig at The Factory in Pasadena (see info to the right on this page).   To see the whole  labour of love in an actual theater, come out on June 27, 2015 at 3pm to Beyond Baroque in Venice.  It's about 70 minutes long, and it will be followed by a talk-back sessions where you can give me your feedback and be part of the development of this piece.

See my events page for full details. Hope to see you there!

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