Deborah Cox is no stranger to the spotlight – she’s been in the game for nearly three decades. From double-platinum albums to the bright lights of Broadway and beyond, Deborah has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with. That’s why on May 15th, she will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during The JUNO Awards Broadcast. Below are some bite-sized facts about Canada’s Queen of R&B:
1. Legends supporting legends – Deborah started her career as a background singer for Céline Dion in the early ‘90s.
2. The double-platinum bop, “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” off of Deborah Cox’s album One Wish (1998) held the record for the longest-running #1 R&B single on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart spending 14 weeks at the top spot.
3. Broadway, baby! Cox made her Broadway debut in 2004 playing the title role in Elton John and Time Rice’s musical Aida.
4. Whitney Houston is someone Deborah Cox considers to be her idol. Deborah played Rachel Marron in the North American touring cast of the musical adaptation of The Bodyguard. The role was originated by Houston in the 1992 film of the same name. She also collaborated with Whitney Houston on the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD. Talk about a full-circle moment!
5. This year, Cox will become the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. A crowning achievement for the Canadian Queen of R&B!
Featured image: Deborah Cox. Photo Credit: Rosalind Guder