With two platinum albums and a string of hit singles on the R&B and pop charts, Arista recording artist Deborah Cox is well on her way to superstardom. But such rapid and large-scale success is definitely not going to her head. Tagged as a diva for her potent vocals, she has her own definition for the term.
"A diva radiates confidence, yet is humble," she says. "I'm really a settled, down-to-earth person."
Though her feet stand securely on terra firma, Cox has a career that has broken into the stratosphere. Born of Guyanese parents and raised in Canada, she was weaned on soul greats like Gladys Knight, Joe Tex, Lou Rawls and Al Green. By her early teens she was tracking commercials and singing in bands in her native Toronto. With such extensive woodshedding, all it took was a four-song demo for her to catch the attention of Arista President and CEO Clive Davis, who serves as executive producer on Cox's albums.
The 26-year-old singer has already won two Juno Awards in her native Canada, and with her second album, One Wish, even greater accolades are sure to come soon. With her recent single, "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," she's already set a record for the longest-running number one single on Billboard's modern R&B chart, topping it for an amazing 14 weeks.
"It's a bit overwhelming at times," says Cox of her rise to prominence. "But when you think of all the time, hard work, blood, sweat and tears I put into this, I'm definitely not complaining."