Singer Debbie Pierce Passes

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• September 10, 2012

Entertainer Debbie Pierce, who was a member of the 1980s female country group Chantilly, has died at age 58.

A Nashville native, she was born in 1954 and graduated from John Overton High in 1972. She began her career as a harmony singer and backup vocalist in the road show of her father, Country Music Hall of Fame member Webb Pierce (1921-1991).

She made her recording debut on Decca Records with two singles in 1969 and a third on MCA in 1973.  The father-daughter duets “On My Way Out” and “Reality of Life” were issued by Plantation Records in 1979 billed as “The Pierces.”

She formed Chantilly with lead vocalist Kim Williams and harmony singer P.J. Allman. The group placed seven singles on the charts between 1982 and 1984.

Pierce later worked as a member of the security personnel for the Country Music Hall of Fame. She settled in Goodlettsville, TN

She passed away on Wednesday, September 5 at the Alive Hospice Residence. Deborah Lynn Pierce is survived by her mother Audrey Marie Pierce, daughter Audra Leigh Slattery, brother Michael Webb Pierce Jr., grandson Michael Edward Davis and nephew Michael Webb Pierce III.

Funeral arrangements were for immediate family only.

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