Deborah Dyer, known by the stage name Skin, was born in Brixton, London, is a singer and occasional model. As Deborah Dyer, Skin studied Interior Design at Teesside University in Middlesbrough and they later honoured her with an honourary degree. She is best-known as the lead vocalist of English band Skunk Anansie.
Deborah began her music career in Skunk Anansie who were a band often grouped as part of the britrock movement in the UK. Joining Skin in the line up for the band were Ace on guitar, Cass on bass guitar, and Mark on drums.
After forming in 1994, the band released three albums. Paranoid & Sunburnt, Stoosh and Post Orgasmic Chill sold over 4 million copies worldwide. They are best known for their single “Weak”, but have had a series of other hits including “Charity”, “Hedonism” and “Charlie Big Potato”
After Skunk Anansie split, Skin released her debut solo album Fleshwounds. After releasing Fleshwounds, Skin went on to perform various solo gigs around Europe. She was also support for the European leg of Robbie Williams’ and Placebo’s world tours.
Soon after touring she began to record her second album, Fake Chemical State, which was released for sale on 20 March 2006, preceded by new single Just Let the Sun two weeks earlier. The first single actually issued from this album was Alone in My Room, a download-only track released on 7 November 2005. ‘Alone In My Room’ was also the name given to Skin’s first UK solo tour in two years, which commenced in Berlin in November 2005. For this album she shaved her head bald again, returning to the look she had in her Skunk Anansie days.
Skin’s next solo outing was a small promotional ‘Fake Chemical State’ tour. It started in Glasgow on 17 March 2006. She went onto perform many festivals around Europe including Rock Werchter in Belgium and the Southside/Hurricane festivals in Germany. She performed on the main stage at most of these festivals