Deborah Cox – Canadian-born Guyanese songstress

Deborah Cox is an actress and singer, born on January 7, 1974. She was born in Toronto, Canada to Guyanese parents with a strong background in music. She has an expansive musical career, developed through her powerful voice, with her best-known single being the chart-topping “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here”, which spent 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard R&B charts. The song broke Billboard’s record as the longest-running number one R&B single in its history. She originally was discovered when she was singing backup for Celine Dion, and she has sung with well-known artists such as Andrea Bocelli.  She has been invited, in recent years, to perform for First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama.

Cox also has an acting career, which has taken her across the acting spectrum, from film, to television, to stage. She has appeared in many films, notably Akeelah and the Bee, and has assumed guest appearances in television shows such as Nash Bridges and Soul Train. She is frequently portrayed in a musical role when she acts, combining two of her greatest talents into one. On stage, she has played the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical, Aida. She will return to Broadway once more to play Josephine Baker in Josephine later in 2012.

Cox also uses her talents to bring attention to vital issues. In 2009, she teamed up with Kelly Price and Tamia to form the Queen Project, a super group that seeks to bring a message of female empowerment. Their hope was also to collectively counter stereotypes of talented women working together. Although Price, Tamia and Cox put the plans on hold, the Queen Project was an important milestone in Cox’s life. Cox has also performed in Lilith Fair and Women of Soul, celebrating women in different musical careers. She has been party to a number of festivals and charity benefits as a musical guest, such as the LA Pride Festival, and many others.

She has released, to date, five solo albums, and she is currently working on a sixth, which is to be a dance album. In 2008, she and her producer/songwriting partner, Lascelles Stephens, created an independent label together. This label is called the Deco Recording Group, and produced the album, The Promise, in collaboration with Image Entertainment. Cox has been very prolific in her career and shows no signs, thus far, of stopping.    K. M. Cooper. (TCC)

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