After touring NZ with her original bands and releasing three singles Debbie Harwood formed the Kiwi phenomenon When the Cat's Away that in the late ‘80s was named ‘Top Group’ at the NZ Music Awards - as well as celebrating a gold album and the No 1 single Melting Pot. Harwood also won 'Most Promising Female Vocalist' in 1985, ‘Most Promising Group’ in 1987 and was a finalist in the category of ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2006 NZ Music Awards amongst other accolades.
She sang on the official song for the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and then joined Jimmy Barnes' and Diesel's bands as backing vocalist and toured Australia extensively. Since 1996 Harwood has produced several albums (she was a finalist for 'Producer of the Year' at the NZ Music Awards for her album Peaches) most of which were recorded at her recording studio in Devonport The Bus. When the Cat's Away toured and recorded again in 2001 and 2002 achieving Platinum sales for their live album with Sharon O'Neill and had yet another hit single with Asian Paradise. 2005 saw the release of her jazz album ‘Soothe Me’ – an album she had wanted to record as a tribute to her father, Rex.
In 2009 Debbie put together a stellar line-up of some of NZ’s greatest women singer/songwriters. Called ‘Give It a Girl’ the show features Sharon O’Neill, Shona Laing, Margaret Urlich, Annie Crummer and Debbie herself. The setlist is a goldmine of much loved NZ hits performed by the writers and singers themselves. Debbie Harwood & the Band of Gold is Debbie’s solo pursuit. The band has been together for twelve years and her shows are as much a musical feast as they are a love-fest – a signature of all of Debbie’s concerts.
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