August 20 2015

StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 46) “Bunny DeBarge – I Want To Say I Knew You”

I hope you heard the previous episode, in which I featured beautiful music and conversation with Bunny DeBarge.  (If you missed it, go back and hear it here.)  In today’s episode, we talk about Bunny’s gift of songwriting and how she communicated with her younger brothers to either co-write or bring her song visions to life.  I send love to Bunny regarding her voice and her music, both past and present.  Previously, I featured her amazing single “God Is Good,” but she gave me the honor of debuting a new song, “Say I Knew You!”  Maybe I’m not the first to play the single, but if I haven’t heard it, then it hasn’t debuted yet (haha!)   We also rub our foreheads in dismay at how today’s popular music has taken a strange turn from the old-school  hits we loved in the seventies and eighties.   All in all, it’s great fun, and you’re all invited to listen in!!

Featured Guest:   Bunny DeBarge

Bunny DeBarge is best known as the lone sister in the legendary Motown R&B family group DeBarge.  The eldest of the ten DeBarge children, Bunny’s unique high soprano vocal style and love of writing began at a tender young age.  She was the lead vocalist behind the classic R&B ballad, “A Dream,” from the group’s In a Special Way album and is also the co-writer of the group’s 1982 breakthrough hit, “I Like It,” and the number one hit, “Time Will Reveal.”  Her song “A Dream” was sampled and covered by the likes of Tupac Shakur and Blackstreet.

Bunny’s book “The Kept Ones, Vol. 1” tells the definitive story of her family and the world that made them.  She pours her life into the pages, sharing the trials and tribulations of her journey with sensitivity and insight.

In the words of Bunny:

God has been faithful and so very good to me through it all. Many of you have followed me faithfully from my days touring with my brothers as “DeBarge.” Those were good times, and lots of wonderful music and memories came out of that era. Behind the scenes , there was personal pain that most knew little about. I speak very candidly about the inner turmoil that I hid behind a smile in my book ,”The Kept Ones!” I’m facing my demons one by one, and determination is taking over where fear and doubt would have stopped me in my tracks. I’m getting “high on life” now and it is such a wonderful thing.


Bunny DeBarge - The Kept Ones

Please visit Bunny DeBarge’s website:

Order Bunny’s book “The Kept Ones, Vol. 1” and her wonderful CD “God Is Good” from her website!


A huge thank you to Bunny for allowing me to use her music and pictures on this site and on my program! 

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DEAN OLSON is a songwriter and executive producer of the weekly radio show "StrongWriter On the Radio." The popular program airs Fridays on Amazing Men Of Power and Music Day (AWOP / Raven International Network)