Deborah Cox was born in Canada to Guyanese parents with strong musical roots. She was extremely shy as a young girl and she credits mother with her musical awakening.
"I was six or seven when I heard Gladys Knight's ‘Help Me Make It Through the
Night.' My mother used to play that record all the time. Lou Rawls, Joe Tex, Al
Green, those were the records my mom used to play. Also Bob Marley and Billie
Holiday - but when I heard Gladys, that's what sparked interest for me."
She studied in a conservative Catholic school atmosphere, and although she was interested in track and field, journalism and writing poetry, music was her passion.
In ‘89, Deborah hooked up with her high school friend, bassist and songwriter Lascelles Stephens. They produced a 4-song demo that he began pitching to record labels. Deborah was hired to sing backup with Celine Dion, but once Clive Davis and Arista came into view, Deborah left the tour to focus on her album. By the summer of '95, sessions were completed in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Atlanta.
Over the years, Deborah has accumulated various accolades for her string of hits including kudos for her self-titled debut album (in '96), "Things Just Ain't The Same" (in '97), as well as for hit singles "Who Do U Love," "Sentimental," "Where Do We Go From Here" and "The Sound Of My Tears." She was nominated for Best New R&B Vocalist at the American Music Awards in 1997, won back-to-back JUNO awards in Canada as Best R&B Female Artist,
In the late 90’s she toured with Keith Sweat as her album went certified gold, but she still continued to push out the hits as "One Wish," "One Day You Will," and "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," burned up the charts.
Deborah made her debut on Broadway in the Elton John -Tim Rice musical Aida, and returned to recording only to release a dance remix of the single "Easy As Life." She also was involved in various movies and on a number of soundtracks including the following:
2001: "Absolutely Not" featured in Dr. Dolittle 2
2005: Played Sharon in Blood of a Champion
2005: Did voice work for Hotel Rwanda for a song called "Nobody Cares"
Thankfully, Deborah returned to the studio and pushed out new music as she released a dance single called "House Is Not A Home" on Nervous Records in January 2006. "Definition Of Love" which was featured in the movie Akeelah and the Bee, was a nice cut. Deborah recorded a new album, Destination Moon as a tribute to jazz singer Dinah Washington in 2007, and performed the Canadian national anthem at the NBA All Star Game in New Orleans, LA on February 17th, 2008.
This past weekend, Deborah Cox performed at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.