Hailing from Mellieha Malta, Annabelle Debono began her singing career at a very young age when as a little girl, she auditioned for Act React’s “Malta Children’s Choir” and eventually spent a good number of years singing in the same choir and taking part in musicals such as ‘Beatles’ Mania’ and ‘Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat’. Supported by her family who had been involved in the show business for quite some years, she started singing as a solo singer in numerous singing competitions and started having overwhelming successes including placing first in a national singing competition televised on the national TV station. After leaving Malta Children’s Choir, she joined St.Monica’s Choir and stayed there for almost 2 years. During this time Annabelle Debono was also studying pianoforte at the St.Monica’s Music School renowned for pianoforte instruction.
Annabelle Debono also travelled to Russia to compete in the Roza Vetrov Song Festival in Moscow where she achieved second place from a total of over sixty contenstants coming from all over Europe.
Gradually she started having regular television appearances until her breakthrough in the local television scene in 2005 when she auditioned for ‘Hotspot’. Hotspot was televised on weekly basis on NET Television and was the Maltese version of ‘ American Idol’ where the best singers were picked out through a series of nationwide weekly auditions. Annabelle Debono eventually placed third and this experience certainly widened her horizons.
Soon after Chiara’s impressive performance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, Annabelle Debono was chosen by Chiara to be her backing vocalist for the launch of her new album’ Here I am’ during a grand concert at the Malta Hilton and then she travelled with her on tour to Germany and Belgium.
February of the following year 2006 saw Annabelle Debono making her debut in Malta’s most prestigious song contest, the Malta Song for Europe at the tender age of 17. Her song ‘Amazing’ was the collaboration of Malta’s Premiere composer and author, Philip Vella & Gerard James Borg.
Infact, Annabelle Debono’s professional relation with Philip Vella who also hails from Mellieha Malta began years earlier when Annabelle Debono used to record different cover songs at Philip’s recording studios.
Annabelle Debono made her second appearance in the Malta Song for Europe 2007 with Nightwish again written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg. During this time, Annabelle Debono started singing with another emerging male singer Cliff Zammit. Cliff was the winner of the competition Hotspot. Together they managed to place third in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2006 with Genna ta’ L-Art (written and composed by Philip Vella) and second in the Malta International Song Festival 2007 with ‘Harsa Wahda Biss’ (composed by Sean Vella, lyrics by Philip Vella). Together they travelled to Bulgaria where they achieved second position in the DiscoveryFest in Varna.
Philip’s collaboration with Annabelle Debono on various projects and his first place with Vodka in the Malta song For Europe 2008 made it possible for Annabelle Debono to travel to Serbia to sing as backing vocalist to singer Morena. Annabelle Debono was chosen by the composer to be part of Malta’s act on stage. According to Annabelle Debono this was maybe the best professional experience for her so far.
Annabelle Debono is currently working on new solo material with both Philip and his son Sean.