1988 Witness – Witness

Witness was an Atlanta rock band that was signed to Arista Records in 1986 under the name Native and after changing their name, put out their self-titled debut album in 1988. The band consisted of lead singer Debbie Davis, guitarist Damon Johnson, bassist Eddie Usher, keyboardist Joey Huffman & drummer Eddie Boyd.

After signing, the band relocated to San Francisco, CA to record the debut album. The album was produced by Bill Drescher & Kevin Elson & mixed/engineered by Drescher. The band, however, didn’t write their own debut with singer Davis being credited with only 3 songs… “Jump Into the Fire”, “Borrowed Time”, and “Back to You”…. the last 2 co-written by keyboardist Huffman as well as Journey guitarist Neil Schon. Michael Bolton wrote “Am I Wrong”.

Schon as well as fellow Journey drummer Steve Smith, Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis & 38 Special guitarist Danny Chauncey all featured prominently on the album. Unfortunately, this meant that neither Damon Johnson or Eddie Usher played on the recording.

The album’s first single/video for “Do It Til We Drop” got major Mtv airplay on Headbangers Ball in 1988 and was partially filmed when the band opened a 1987 concert for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The album opener ‘Show Me What You Got’ featured Gillis on the guitar solo and other album highlights include “Let Me Be the One”, and “You’re Not My Lover”.


1  Show Me What You Got (Steve Johnstad) 03:24
2  Do It Till We Drop (Frankie Miller; Jeff Barry) 04:01
3  Am I Wrong (Martin Briley; Michael Bolton) 03:56
4  Desperate Love (Billy Steinberg; Tom Kelly) 03:49
5  Let Me Be The One (Mark Leonard; Sue Shifrin) 03:53
6  You’re Not My Lover (Desmond Child; Richie Sambora; Jon Bon Jovi) 03:24
7  Jump Into The Fire (Debbie Davis; Warren Tuttle; Charles William Hoyt) 04:05
8  When It Comes From The Heart (Clyde Lieberman; Jeff Pescetto) 04:01
9  Borrowed Time (Debbie Davis; Joey Huffman; Neal Schon; Warren Tuttle) 03:26
10  Back To You (Debbie Davis; Joey Huffman; Neal Schon; Warren Tuttle) 03:58


Bass Eddie Usher
Bass Eddie Moody
Bass Bill Drescher
Drums Eddie Boyd
Guitar Damon Johnson
Guitar Joey Huffman
Guitar Brad Gillis
Guitar Danny Chauncey
Guitar Neal Schon
Guitar Tim Pierce
Guitar Bill Drescher
Keyboards Joey Huffman
Percussion Steve B Smith
Percussion Debbie Davis
Background Vocals Jimmy Goings
Background Vocals Keith Borman
Background Vocals Peter Hoorelbeke
Background Vocals Tommy Funderburk
Background Vocals Warren Tuttle
Vocals Debbie Davis

Liner Notes

Producer – Bill Drescher
Producer – Kevin Elson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Charles Pollard, Charlie Brocco, Jeff Tomei
Mixed By – Bill Drescher
Mixed By – Kevin Elson, Wally Buck (Tracks 7, 9, 10)
Recorded By – Bill Drescher
Recorded By – Kevin Elson, Wally Buck (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)

Art Direction – David Brubaker
Photography – Doris Kloster

Mastered At Precision Mastering
Mixed At Fantasy Studios
Mixed At Skip Saylor Recording
Mixed At The Village Recorder
Recorded At Fantasy Studios
Recorded At Mastersound Studios, Atlanta
Recorded At The Village Recorder
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Copyright Arista Records Inc