Mason Staff Member Wins Wammie Award

Posted: March 19, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

Debra Guy, student events coordinator in the Office of Events Management, is a true musician. At the age of 23, she is an accomplished, award-winning singer/songwriter with a self-produced CD. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) annual awards show, Guy’s debut CD, “That’s Miss Passive-Aggressive to You,” was honored with a WAMA Award (Wammie) for Best Alternative Rock Recording. The Wammies recognize significant career achievements by area musicians.

Guy’s debut album was produced in the Events Production Office during her senior year, where she worked at the time. With the help of coworker Eddie Boyd, his four-track, and some borrowed office audio equipment, the CD was recorded, engineered, and mastered in three days. All of the songs on the album were written and performed by Guy, with the help of a 12-string acoustic guitar, a six-string acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a harmonica, and some egg shakers.

The production of the CD, which has sold an estimated 250 copies, was a response to the demands of her numerous fans who wanted to keep the essence of her live performances for themselves. Guy, who graduated from George Mason in 2000 with a B.A. in English, has played numerous shows at the university including George Mason’s Pride Alliance-sponsored concert, “Women Rock With Pride.” She also headlined for the Women’s Center’s annual “Take Back The Night Rally” in 1998 and 1999.

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