Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Debbie Yen-Ju Lin began playing piano at the age of four. She has won numerous awards in the Kiwanis Competitions in Vancouver and was also a winner in the Music Teacher’s Association of California competition in Monterey. Debbie Yen-Ju Lin has completed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music piano exams through grade eight with distinction.
She graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) high school in Pebble Beach where she performed in eight music ensembles. She has played trumpet for seven years and the baritone for five years. A member of the RLS Jazz Band, she has played in numerous Jazz Festivals, and played both the trumpet and baritone in the RLS Concert Band, the RLS Pep Band, and the RLS Brass Ensemble.
After graduating from Stevenson School, Debbie Yen-Ju Lin attended UCLA by going through rigorous and highly competitive piano auditions, as a Music major, with a focus in piano, voice and conducting. During her undergraduate studies, Debbie taught piano, voice and trumpet through the UCLA Music Partnership Program. as the youngest undergraduate to receive the teaching fellowship. She also had the opportunity to perform with the UCLA Chorale in Royce Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
Aside from music, Debbie lead the National Honor Societies, ALD and PES for three years as President. She grew the UCLA chapter by 97% her first year as President during her sophomore year, earning her the "Order of the Torch" Award as well as being nominated as a special speaker for the National Honor Conference, presenting the "Secrets to Success" workshop. She graduated cum laude with a B.A degree and received the prestigious UCLA "Chancellor's Service Award," "Women For Change" Leadership Award and the UCLA Distinguished Service Award.
Having worked at Time Warner Cable and Warner Brothers in TV and digital sales planning and account managing, Debbie was accepted to the Media Studies Masters program with a focus in Media Management at The New School for Public Engagement in New York. During her studies, she continued to create artistically, as well as completed her first half marathon with Team in Training, raising funds and awareness for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from The New School for Public Engagement with a M.A. degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.8.
Debbie's personal life was touched by tragedy in her older brother Michael's battle with leukemia. Leaving Debbie forever aware of the impact of cancer, she makes a considerable effort to donate her time, musicality and artwork to fundraisers with foundations such as Make-a-Wish Taiwan. Michael led her family to Jesus Christ and she hopes to create for His glory.
Always an artist at heart, Debbie revisited an old flame (acting) from her Middle School days at Taipei America School, Taiwan. Her colorful life experiences married with her TV days all contribute to her love of music and entertainment. She enjoys all things artistically mindful and intends to combine her wide scope of expertise to express, emote and create in less travelled places. Debbie is a SAG-AFTRA performer who has appeared in commercials such as Wells Fargo Bank, East West Bank to name a few and is commercially represented by agent Daniel Hoff in Los Angeles, CA - voice represented by National Voice Agency IN BOTH EARS. She released her debut single BLINK late 2012 and is currently writing new songs for her faith-based band, themumbling and newly formed experimental electronic sound sculptor|live video playing duo: [murmurLeaves]. Debbie speaks and consults in California, Vancouver, Canada. and Taipei Taiwan and works as a digital mixed media artist, producer, creative/media consultant, and writer.
In July 2016 Debbie graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Music in Music Production, Technology and Innovation at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. Debbie debuted as a producer and visual arts performer at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia Spain, in an experiment audio-visual group AVE, where she designed and played live video. Debbie also debuted her audio visual installation at the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe in Valencia Spain. She currently resides in California where she continues to explore the visual and aural cultures while bringing light to the darkest places, oftentimes in our own hearts.