Singer El DeBarge Making the Best of Second Chance

Singer El DeBarge (far right) stands with his mother and two of his brothers at a YWCA fundraiser in Beverly Hills, CA./

By Dennis J. Freeman

Beverly Hills, CA-He’s back. This time around El DeBarge isn’t taking things for granted. The charismatic R & B crooner is on the comeback trail. And he plans to make the most out of it. The former lead singer of the sibling group-DeBarge-El DeBarge is looking to redeem himself to his many adoring fans. He’s also hoping to win over new fans as well. Thanks to his hit single, A Second Chance, DeBarge is re-writing the story of his life.

“A second chance means to me a chance to bring love to the world again through the voice of my music, to deal with life and all of its struggles with a sober mind and being grateful in the struggle. That’s what my second chance is about,” DeBarge told

After going through personal and professional struggles once he hit it big, DeBarge has readily accepted this opportunity to flourish-both as an entertainer and as a person. He’s been through the good, the bad and the ugly of being famous.

 However, there’s nothing ugly about DeBarge’s velvet, falsetto voice, which made him a singing sensation during the 1980s. A combination of legal and personal problems nearly derailed DeBarge’s stellar singing career. But after being missing in action from the music charts for quite some time, DeBarge appears to have steered himself back on course.

Looking incredibly dapper and energized at the YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ 2010 Black & White Benefactrix Ball, Debarge performed some music from is budding CD, which drops in stores later this fall. The CD, aptly named Second Chance, will be Debarge’s first full CD release in years.

“I’m here to celebrate this wonderful occasion by the YWCA to empower women,” DeBarge said.

Sponsored by Edison International, Union Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, the ball featured an elegant black & white décor theme with a “diamond” carpet for celebrity and guest arrivals. The event lineup included a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner, dancing, live performances and an exquisite silent auction jewelry bar sponsored by Judith Ripka.

 Proceeds from the event benefit YWCA GLA programs, including childcare services, senior and youth programs, Job Corps program, education training services, after school programs and more.

Stopping by the red carpet before went on stage at the event, which was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Debarge said he wants to take advantage of his second chance to live.   

“I’m trying to do as many positive things I can,” DeBarge said. “That’s why I am here today.”

 Celebrities attending the ball included host Adai Lamar (KJLH radio personality) and celebrity guest auctioneer Kym Whitley (comedian/NBC).  But the talk of the evening centered on the handsome and very engaging DeBarge, who seems at peace with himself as he describes what’s it is like to be back in the limelight.

While he basks in the afterglow of his return to the music scene, DeBarge keeps another piece of his family close to his heart as he revisits the trail of success. Big brother, Bobby DeBarge, the deceased lead singer of Switch, is always on his mind, DeBarge said.

“Bobby has been a part of my whole life, including my new CD,” DeBarge said. “I have a song called Joyful that is really going to remind you of Bobby, his style of writing. Bobby instilled a lot of great musical elements and richness within me.”

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