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Deborah Stafford is a talented and versatile singer. She can wail on the blues just as easily as singing a beautiful 40’s Big Band ballad. “The key is giving the song what it needs” she says. After studying voice classically at CU Boulder, and deciding to the dismay of her instructors that she would rather pursue Jazz music, she joined a Big Band as their singer. Next she created her own Jazz Quartet in an effort to expand her repertoire, which naturally lead her to the Blues. (Blues being the origin of Jazz). She began hanging around at Blues Jams and soon a new band called the The Immortal Blues Ambassadors asked her to be their singer. The more she sang Blues the more she loved it. When the BA’s broke up, she created Stone Soup, a funky blues and soul band that played together for 5 years. But still she dreamed of competing in Memphis and decided this year to create the IBC band of her dreams. Thus was born, Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs, the product of much love and heartache over many years, as a good blues band should be.