Debbie Harwood performed with Pacific funk band Big Sideways and did time in music promotion and managing bands, before releasing her debut single ‘If That’ll Make You Happy’ in 1985. It won her a NZ Music Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. A second award followed for 'Blue Water', a one-off collaboration with Johnny Bongo. Her involvement with highly successful all female act When the Cat’s Away has dominated her subsequent career. Harwood has also performed live with Jimmy Barnes and Moana Maniapoto, and been a passionate advocate for women musicians.