The 90s was a great time for R&B, and Canada’s own R&B queen Deborah Cox is a testament to this fact. Her 1998 song “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” even held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Hot R&B & Hip Hop chart. She held the 14 week record for an entire eight years!
It was a real treat, then, when Deborah brought her soulful magic to the “All That” stage in 1999. After a lengthy introduction by our good friend Kenan in a hardhat, you can watch her entire performance. As vocals soar and style dazzles, we’re sure the studio audience and viewers across the country were impressed, especially after Kenan’s fake fiddling!
Deborah began singing at age 12 on TV commercials, and entered various talent competitions and shows including “Tiny Talent Time,” a Canadian variety show. As a teen, she performed in nightclubs, then moved on up in the world as a backup singer for the Celine Dion! After just six months backing up Celine, she was ready for the spotlight.
Starting from her first self-titled album, Deborah began dropping albums and singles, racking up at least 11 number ones on the Dance charts over the course of her career. But Deborah didn’t leave it at that, no way! After killing the radio game for many years, she began to dabble in film and theater. She starred in Elton John’s “Aida” on Broadway in 2004, and has since been involved in a number of movies both as an actress and musician.
In 2012, Deborah played Lucy in “Jekyll & Hyde” on Broadway and most recently provided vocals for the Lifetime biopic “Whitney” directed by Angela Bassett. It hardly needs saying that to provide vocals for a Whitney Houston movie, you have to have serious pipes. Deborah Cox has those pipes, and she can clearly use them!
Since she’s so consistently cranked out musical masterpieces, we can expect even more from Deborah’s career in the future. Her 6th album “Work of Art” is forthcoming, and we have a pretty good feeling it will live up to it’s name!
“All That” is an American, live-action sketch comedy-variety show, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005, lasting ten seasons. “All That” was produced by Dan Schneider, and produced breakout stars including Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes. Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer.