Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here
A top Canadian R&B artist in history and self-proclaimed diva, Deborah Cox first gained notice as the backing vocalist of Celine Dion before enjoying a massive success as an R&B singer, thanks to such hit songs as “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” a Billboard R&B No.1 single for 14 weeks, “One Day You Will,” “Sentimental,” “We Can’t Be Friends” and “Things Just Ain’t the Same.” Among her remarkable accomplishments are two Soul Train Awards, three Juno Awards, a nomination for Best New R&B Vocalist at the American Music Awards in 1997, as well as two Genie nods in the Best Original Song category in 2000.
Following the release of her albums Deborah Cox (1995), One Wish (1998) and The Morning After (2002), the talented singer made her return to music industry with her long waited comeback single, “A House Is Not A Home,” which knocked No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart in January 2006. She is now recording her newest album that is set to be released in Spring 2007.
Aside from music, Cox is also interested in acting. She has appeared in the television show “Nash Bridges” (2000) and has starred in the films Love Come Down (2000) and Blood of a Champion (2006). She will play a role in the forthcoming drama The Grasslands (2007).
As for her personal life, Cox is the wife of music producer Lascelles Stephens. The pair become the parents of two young children, son Isaiah and daughter Sumayah.
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Childhood and Family:
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Deborah Cox was born on July 13, 1974. Her parents are of Guyanese lineage, but she has never met her biological father. She considers the man that her mother married as her real father.
A bashful kid, Deborah grew up listening to Gladys Knight, Al Green and Billie Holiday records, which stimulated her love for music. However, it was Gladys that particularly turned her on to music when she was 6 years old. By age 11, she had won a local TV talent contest. Deborah attended Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts, majoring in classical music and jazz.
Deborah is married to Lascelles Stephens, a music producer and longtime partner whom she met in 1989. They have two children, son Isaiah (born on July 1, 2003) and daughter Sumayah (born on June 29, 2006).
A year after becoming the winner of a regional TV talent competition, 12-year-old Deborah Cox began her career by singing for TV commercials and later working with bands in her area. As a teenager, she performed in nightclubs, while also starting to write her own material with the help of producer, writer, and now husband and manager Lascelles Stephens. Cox’s break eventually arrived when she was recruited to sing backup for Celine Dion.
It was while singing with Dion that Cox won the attention of Arista Records president Clive Davis, who signed her up in 1993. Within two years, the R&B singer launched her self-titled debut album, consisting compositions from the top names in R&B like Babyface, Dallas Austin and Keith Crouch, in addition to her own tracks with Lascelles. Thanks to such hits as “Sentimental” and “The Sound of My Tears,” Deborah Cox was a success and received a Gold certification from RIAA. The album also brought the singer a Juno (the Canadian Grammys) for Best R&B / Soul Recording in 1996. Additionally, she also earned an American Music nomination for Favorite New Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues and a Juno nomination for Best Female Vocalist. With the album’s success, Cox set out on tour.
In 1998, Cox once again attracted the attention of public when she released her sophomore effort, One Wish, which won a 1999 Juno for Best R&B / Soul Recording. The lead single “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” was a huge hit. It peaked at No. 1 on the USA top R&B 100 charts and remained there for fourteen weeks, as well as went platinum. As for Cox, the song handed her a Soul Train Music for Best R&B/Soul Single - Female and a Lady of Soul for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year. Other hits from the album included “One Day You Will,” “We Can’t Be Friends” and “Things Just Ain’t the Same.” For her bright work in the latter, she even took home a 1998 Juno in the category of Best R&B / Soul Recording.
Following the victory of One Wish, Cox went on tour with Lilith Fair and did not release another album until 2002’s The Morning After. One of singles from the album, “Absolutely Not” received a Juno nomination for Best Dance Recording. While away from her recording studio, Cox found herself branching out into acting. Making her debut in an episode of “Nash Bridges” (2000), she went on to break into cinematic industry later that same year with a starring role opposite Larenz Tate in the drama film Love Come Down, playing Niko Rosen. Not only acting, Cox also sang the film soundtracks “Our Love” and “29” that earned Genie nods for Best Original Song.
After the release of her third album, Cox had Remixed in 2003 and Ultimate Deborah Cox in 2004. She went on to pursue her acting career by making her Broadway debut in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical “Aida” (2004). The following year, she could be seen performing her songs at “New Year’s Eve” in Los Angeles.
Cox made her return to music industry with her long waited single, “A House Is Not A Home,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart in January 2006. A second single, “Definition Of Love,” followed. She is currently working on a new album with an expected release date of spring 2007.
As for acting, recently appearing as Sharon on director/writer Lawrence Page’s Blood of a Champion (2006), starring Bokeem Woodbine, Cox is scheduled to team up with Chris Raffaele, Samantha Safdie, Michael Aparo, James Madio and Ed Lauter for the upcoming The Grasslands, directed and written by Chris Raffaele. The drama film is set for 2007 release.