Deborah Cox was born in 1974 in Toronto, Ontario. Her parents are Guyanese but she has never met her biological father.
Deborah Cox got her start in the music industry as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion and get her chance at a solo career when she was signed by Artista Records. she released her self-titled debut album in 1995 which had a respectable showing. The album went gold and its first single 'Sentimental' made it to #4 on the R&B charts. Her second single 'Where Do We Go From Here' was a #1 Dance track, and made it to #17 on the Hot 100.
The album opened the gateways for Deborah Cox's second album, One Wish, which went platinum. Its single 'Nobody's Supposed to Be Here' spent fourteen weeks at #1 on the R&B charts, a record it shares with Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' and Mariah Carey's 'We Belong Together.' Her single 'We Can't Be Friends' from the same album also reached #1 on the R&B charts and made it to #8 on the Top 100.
In 2002, Deborah Cox released her third album, The Morning After. The album peaked at #38 on the Billboard charts and has yet to go gold. The album continued Cox trend of having several number 1 hits on the Dance charts but failing to make an impression elsewhere.
In 2007, Deborah Cox released an album, Destination Moon, which had a richer Jazz feel to it. The album was a tribute to singer Dinah Washington and was an ambitious work.