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Founder and Executive Director
over here to read Deborah's inspiration
for founding The SIBL Project.
Pardes studied literature at The Johns Hopkins University and
took her degree from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her
academic work focused on poetry and creative writing. Prior to her
studies at Barnard and subsequent songwriting career, Deborah's
devotion to her writing began at the age of 11 years old when she
wrote and self-published her first short story, Kidnapped Youth.
This first work, a tale of hope and the power of creativity poignantly
rooted her passion, talent and commitment to literature, music,
professional performing, recording, and songwriting career began
during her early years in Manhattan and for nearly two decades she
has nurtured and developed her love of both literature and song.
Blessing Or A Curse marks her third solo work and features
fourteen original songs including "7th
Step," the song Pardes wrote after reading Angela's Ashes by
Frank McCourt. She is recognized in the San Francisco Bay Area as
a leading singer songwriter and her work has been honored with several
awards. Among them: Lilith Fair Grand Prize Winner - Talent Search
for Summer 1999 Tour; ASCAP Special Awards Writing Program Recipient;
Oxygen National Talent Search Finalist - Part of the Oprah Winfrey
a decade ago, Pardes founded Mentl
Music, a music and media production company located in San Francisco,
California. The company produces and manages projects from full-length
CDs to concert series, product launches, electronic media projects
including Internet and Intranet sites, and online and in-store interactive
product demos. For three seasons, she coordinated the San Francisco
Jazz Festival activities in 23 venues and managed 250 volunteers
business acumen is long standing in the Bay Area and she is constantly
recruited to head up a variety of product launches and marketing
campaigns for notable companies such as Sony Inc., Iomega, and Symantec.
family and art are profoundly important to Pardes' vision and life
long work. This is evidenced by her commitment to teach song-writing
classes for high school students and frequent singing engagements.
Pardes is devoted to sharing her magic and inspirational art with
the more challenged and neglected aspects of the community throughout
the world. With her ongoing performances for aspiring young singers
to ailing elders in convalescent hospitals and participants in drug
recovery programs (through the non-profit organization Bread
& Roses), she brings songs of hope and lightness into their
life. The SIBL Project is a continuation of who she has always been.
It is a manifestation of her charismatic vision to change the world.
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