Deborah Cox

Inducted 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.

Career Highlights


Cox makes history as the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall


Cox creates the record label Deco Recording Group with husband and producer, Lascelles Stephens


Cox’s jazz tribute album Destination Moon receives a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical


Cox makes her broadway debut in the title role in Elton John and Time Rice’s musical Aida

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Whitney Houston invites Cox to collaborate on the song “Same Script, Different Cast” for her upcoming album


Cox’s hit song “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” breaks the record for longest running No. 1 R&B single on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart


Cox’s critically-acclaimed sophmore album, One Wish, is released


Cox receives her first JUNO Award nomination and win for Best R&B/Soul Recording

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Deborah Cox with Céline Dion.


Deborah Cox’s self-titled debut album is released featuring the hit songs “Sentimental” and “Who Do U Love”



To gain experience as an entertainer, Cox would perform at nightclubs as a teenager under her mother’s supervision.

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Quick Fact

A longstanding supporter of LGBTQ rights, Cox has received numerous honours for her charitable work and activism.