Deborah Cox is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actress and record producer who is one of the nation's most prominent R&B singers. She began her career singing in television commercials at the age of 12 and entered a number of talent shows, assisted by her mother. After performing in nightclubs and as a backing singer for Celine Dion, she began to write her own material and was discovered by president of Arista Records, Clive Davis, before releasing her self-titled debut on the label in 1995. She topped the R&B charts in 1998 with single 'We Can't Be Friends' and the following single, 'Nobody's Supposed to Be Here', went double platinum. Further success followed on her 2002 album 'The Morning After' which provided her biggest success to date on the US Billboard 200 and spawned a number of dance and club hits. In 2007, Cox furthered her musical stylings with the release of 'Destination Moon' - a tribute to the legendary Dinah Washington - and featured a full orchestra. Returning to her R&B roots the following year with the John Legend-produced 'The Promise', she achieved two dance number one singles in the form of 'Beautiful U R' and 'If It Wasn't for Love'. Cox has since performed in musical adaptations of 'Jekyll & Hyde' and 'The Bodyguard', as well as providing vocals to the television biopic 'Whitney', performing all of Whitney Houston's vocals in the film. She is also known for her work within the LGBTQ+ community, receiving several awards for efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS, human rights and many issues pertinent within the community.