I was extra fanned out when El Debarge showed up for The Morning After. I love love love Debarge, so this was such a privilege. Let’s get to it!
He talks about his first deal at Motown, his “Second Chance” single, and the regrets that he has:
“I regret that I didn’t spend the time that I should have spent with my children because I was out there on drugs, I regret that I didn’t spend the time on stage and in the studio which is my responsibility, it was given to me by God when he gave me this gift of music. I regret all the time lost, but I thank God for this wonderful opportunity, this second chance that I have to leave all that behind and to move forward. I didn’t want to have to go to prison but I’m glad that God saw fit to rescue me, that’s what that was. I got my willpower back. It’s a wrap now, I’m in it to win it.”
Then El Debarge talks about how he ended up signing to Interscope, the Tv One “Unsung” episode on his family, and what his favorite song that someone sampled his music is.
Here’s “Second Chance.” He broke down in tears while singing this song for the first time. Still got it!