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Deborah Cox Biography

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Born: 1974/07/13
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: R&B, House, Club, Dance, Pop

Deborah Cox (born July 13, 1974) is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and actress.

In 1995, label executive Clive Davis signed Cox to Arista Records, and she released her self-titled debut album the same year. The album peaked at #25 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was later certified gold. It includes the hit singles “Sentimental” which peaked at #27on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and “Who Do U Love” which peaked at #17. Other minor chart hits included “Just Be Good To Me,” “Sound of My Tears,” “It Could've Been You” and “Where Do We Go from Here.”

Cox released a non-album single for the soundtrack to the 1997 movie “Money Talks,” titled "Things Just Ain't The Same.” A dance mix of the song topped the Billboard Dance chart, was included on her second album, 1998's “One Wish.” The first single from that album, “Nobody's Supposed to Be Here,” spent fourteen weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, as well as eight consecutive weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The album peaked at #14 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and went platinum, becoming Cox's biggest-selling album to date.

Cox's third album “The Morning After” was released in 2002 on J Records. It went to #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. In February 2004, she made her Broadway debut in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical “Aida,” returning to recording only to release a dance remix of “Easy As Life” as a single.

Between 2005 and 2006 Deborah recorded her fourth album, “Destination Moon,” a tribute to jazz singer Dinah Washington which was released in 2007. It reached #3 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart and #24 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

In early 2008, Cox and her producer and songwriting partner Lascelles Stephens created the independent label Deco Recording Group, which is distributed through Image Entertainment.

Her fifth R&B studio album, “The Promise,” was released 2008 via Deco. It debuted at #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The first single “Did You Ever Love Me” peaked at #69 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song "Beautiful U R" hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart becoming her tenth song top the chart.

In September 2009 it was announced Cox would join Kelly Price and Tamia to form the super group The Queen Project.