Deborah CoxInducted in 2022
With a career that spans over 30 successful years, Deborah Cox is undoubtedly one of the most powerful contemporary voices in Canadian music.
Born in Toronto, Cox grew up in a musical household where she expressed an early interest in singing and songwriting. Inspired by her idol Whitney Houston, she began performing professionally in television commercials at the age of 12. After dedicating her teenage years to refining her talents and proving herself as an entertainer, Cox was hired as a professional backup vocalist for Céline Dion.
In 1994, she was signed to Arista Records by Clive Davis, releasing her self-titled debut album the following year. An infectious mix of pop and R&B, Deborah Cox was a commercial and critical success yielding the quintessential dance hits “Sentimental” and “Who Do U Love.” The certified platinum record earned Cox her first-ever JUNO Award nomination and win in 1996 for Best R&B/Soul Recording. Little did she know, this was just the beginning of the success that was yet to come.