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posted Friday, February 10, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 06
SGN Exclusive Interview: Dance diva Deborah Cox
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Dance diva Deborah Cox

by Aiden Klein - Special to the SGN

Dance music diva Deborah Cox can do no wrong. She's recorded some of the genre's biggest hits. As a multiplatinum-selling and multitalented entertainer, Cox has conquered the R&B and pop charts, including six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, an impressive 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart, and the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical, Aida. She has sang with the likes of Whitney Houston and Andrea Bocelli, toured with David Foster, and, most recently, was invited to perform for the first lady, Michelle Obama.

Deborah Cox is set to make her local debut at the February 18 Seattle Red Dress Party at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.). Although she's been to the city before, she's never actually performed for her fans here. All that will change next Friday.

'Not sure why it's taken this long,' Deborah Cox told Seattle Gay News of her upcoming 30-minute performance in Seattle, 'but I am excited that it all worked out now and I'm looking forward to this show.'

Cox has a strong fan base in Seattle, especially among the city's Gay male population. As a vocalist, she is at the top of her game, and her experience in the industry is impressive, proving she is more than just a great voice. Cox is professionalism personified.

'When I came into this business, I started out singing many different styles,' she explained. 'I also spent time in the dance clubs doing house music, so I've always been connected to dance music. My first tour was with a couple DJs and we went to London to do rave parties.'

'I pride myself in being able to do it all,' she added. 'I challenge myself to be able to do it all. I am a vocalist, a storyteller, and an entertainer.'

And she's been quite successful at 'it all.' Recently, her 2012 single 'If it Wasn't for Love' reached the top slot on the Billboard Club Chart. 'I have the best fans on the planet,' she said upon learning she'd earned her 11th No. 1 hit. 'I love and appreciate you all.'

Cox told SGN she is busy working on an album of dance songs. 'My fans have been hounding me about another 'remixed' album,' she said.

'Nobody's Supposed to Be Here' also peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on October 27, 1998, where it remained for a record-breaking 14 weeks. This record was tied in 2005 by Mariah Carey's 'We Belong Together' and broken in 2006 by Mary J. Blige's 'Be Without You,' which spent 15 weeks at No. 1. Still, Cox told SGN that she felt she had arrived years earlier, when her career was just getting started.

'I was sitting in an apartment in Los Angeles and recording sessions were booked to record songs that I wrote in my small apartment in Toronto, Canada.'

After those humble beginnings, Cox went from singer/song writer to diva. Her second single, 'We Can't Be Friends' also went to No. 1 on Billboard's singles charts and sold over 500,000 copies. 'Things Just Ain't the Same' and 'It's Over Now' followed.

Cox's last studio album, The Promise, was released in 2008. Since then, she's hit the road bringing her hits to stages and clubs the world over.

'Between albums I perform all over the world,' she told SGN. Hours before this interview, Cox returned to her native Canada from a gig in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2011, there were reports that R&B songstresses Tamia and Kelly Price would Join Cox to collaborate on a an album called The Queen Project, produced by Shep Crawford. Unfortunately, Cox says that due to all three stars' busy schedules, 'we simply ran out of time.'

'Each of us has moved on and we are all doing our own projects now,' she said.

One of those projects that is keeping Cox busy is her return to Broadway; Cox has been cast to portray the legendary Josephine Baker in a workshop production of the new musical Josephine. The new musical, based on the life of the iconic entertainer who dazzled Paris audiences, is scheduled for June.

'I love Broadway,' Cox told SGN. 'I love musical theater. I even have my eye on another production coming in March 2013 and I will make that official announcement in the spring.'

'Between prepping for Broadway, recording, managing my companies, and adding the title of 'mommy' to the mix, I keep busy,' she joked.

Cox recently teamed up with the Village Tea Company to roll out her very own line of organic teas.

'I am an avid tea drinker and a lover of fine teas,' said Cox. 'I see where I can help in bringing the idea of health and wellness to people who may not already know about some of the benefits of drinking tea. I'm looking forward to reaching a new audience of tea lovers. It's such an exciting time!'

Throughout her years as an entertainer, Cox says she is well aware of her fans in the Gay community. 'The Gay community has some of my most loyal fans. They are the ones who have been with me since the first album,' she recalled. 'A lot of them know the dance remixes derived from the ballad version on the album. And I love that they support me with the old and new stuff.'

'As long as it has my voice on it, they support it!' said Cox. 'Who could ask for anything more?'

Cox has a message for all of the LGBT teens who feel bullied in school: 'I was teased a lot for the way I looked when I was growing up. Over time, I learned to love myself and my flaws,' she said. 'Ultimately, I had to find peace with everything about myself and learn self-love so that no one could make me feel inferior. This takes away their power. If you can be confident in who you are at an early age, you'll be set for life and you won't need validation from others!'

Never one to turn down a good party, Cox says she is excited to perform for everyone at the Seattle Red Dress Party. But what also attracted her to the gig was the beneficiaries who work in HIV/AIDS prevention and services. 'I have friends who passed on from this disease,' she told SGN. 'The numbers of people infected and passing away are still staggering. I hope we can get past this and be able to celebrate finding a cure.'

As for her upcoming Seattle debut performance, Deborah Cox has promised to bring it! 'My shows are always performed with a live vocal and are high-energy,' she said. 'Expect to have a good time!'

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