After three solo releases Debbie Harwood formed the Kiwi phenomenon When the Cat's Away that in the late 80s was named ‘Top Group’ at the NZ Music Awards as well as celebrating a gold album and the No 1 single Melting Pot. Harwood also won 'Most Promising Female Vocalist' in 1985, ‘Most Promising Group’ in 1987 and was a finalist in the category of ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2006 NZ Music Awards amongst other accolades. She sang on the official song for the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and then joined Jimmy Barnes' and Diesel's bands as backing vocalist and toured Australia extensively. Since 1996 Harwood has produced several albums.
When the Cat's Away toured and recorded again in 2001 and 2002 achieving Platinum sales for their live album with Sharon O'Neill and had yet another hit single with Asian Paradise.
In 2009 Debbie put together a stellar line-up of some of NZ’s greatest women singer/songwriters. The concept called Give It a Girl featured Sharon O’Neill, Shona Laing, Margaret Urlich, Annie Crummer, Julia Deans, Lisa Crawley and Debbie herself.
Debbie Harwood & the Band of Gold: A six-piece powerhouse. Debbie walks on stage and rocks the crowd for two hours without let-up … performing some of the greatest songs ever written … from T-Rex and Bowie to Sharon O’Neill and Dragon. Her greatest passion is Kiwi pop/rock … ‘sometimes the crowd is singing along so loudly I can’t hear myself!’ Debbie includes hits made famous by ‘When the Cat’s Away’ … Melting Pot, Asian Paradise and more from their great live albums. Supported by some of the finest musicians in New Zealand and with three vocalists this band’s energy is unrivalled.
At the other end of the spectrum is Debbie’s jazz band. Debbie performs songs from her critically acclaimed album Soothe Me – an album of languid, sensual jazz. Lie back with a brandy or a glass of red and be ‘soothed’!