Deborah Malena and Garth Phillipsen - Singer songwriter, bass and guitar (and musical saw)
Deborah Malena, a southern California native has been a professional musician and singer most of her life. Once a teacher, she has done studio work, and has performed all over the world. She was the music director at a church in the San Fernando valley for many years. Deborah worked with country hall of fame member, Cliffie Stone and producer, Ray Ruff. She has sung on two of Pat Boone albums. Deborah plays bass, keyboards and musical saw. She began writing gospel songs about 8 years ago. Deborah has four sons Matthew, Joel, Micah and Benjamin, two dogs and a great husband, Garth, who is also her guitarist.
Garth Phillipsen, born in Oregon, raised in southern California, and Alaska also made his living in the music field. As a young man, he performed with a gospel trio in California, then with his father performing and ministering to the native Alaskans for the Salvation Army. He then played in nightclubs, restaurants and Las Vegas. He too worked with Cliffie Stone and Ray Ruff. Garth had the opportunity to perform with many great musicians, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Stuart Hamblin, Tex Williams, the original champagne lady, Roberta Lynn and Molly Bee to name a few.
Together, Deborah and Garth have a music ministry and a burning desire to spread God’s word. As a songwriter, Deborah writes in many different styles. Most of the songs the Lord gives her are filled with hope and peace. Enjoy, be filled and spread the Good News...
Garth Phillipsen and Deborah Malena have been performing together for more than 15 years. They have both had the opportunity to perform with many of the legendary Western and Country singers. Example Stuart Hamblen, Wesley Tuttle, Eddie Dean, Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Tex Williams, Cliffie Stone, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Molly Bee and Merle Travis to name a few. Now living in Southern California with their two dogs Tally-Ho and Asta, they are still to be seen about town on occasion. Deborah and Garth also have a gospel music ministry which keeps them quite busy. Catch them if you can.